September 21, 2020

1994-02-26 – The Morning Call

1994 02 26 The_Morning_Call_Sat__Feb_26__1994_

Daltrey’s sold-out
Carnegie Hall shows

on pay-per-view

By RANDY ALEXANDER
Newhouse News Service

As usual, Roger Daltrey is ready to
bring The Who back together and leaving
it to Pete Townshend to pull the trigger.

What’s different these days is that
Daltrey isn’t anxiously waiting for
Townshend to come around. “He doesn’t
really want to do it anymore,” says
Daltrey. “He’s a Broadway producer. If I
had my way, I’d be back with The Who
tomorrow.”

The demand for The Who's past contin-
ues. A definitive boxed set is on the way in
the spring from MCA Records. The
“Tommy” musical has made Townshend
the toast of Broadway. And this week,
Daltrey sold out Carnegie Hall in New
York for two nights with a Who near-
reunion with all-star support. “Daltrey
Sings Townshend: A Celebration” fea-
tured two nights of Daltrey, Townshend
and Who bassist John Entwistle, which
was taped for a pay-per-view concert air-
ing at 9 pm. today, preceded by a half-
hour special.

Backed by a 6&piece orchestra, Daltrey
honored the man who wrote the bulk of
The Who catalog. Lou Reed, the
Chieftains, the Spin Doctors, 4 Non
Blondes and a few others also performed.

Daltrey got the idea for the two-night
concert as he pondered the approach of
his 50th birthday, which is on Tuesday. ~

and his desire to returmto the music

industry, from which he‘d been absent
three years.

"It all boiled down to one thing.“ he
says. ”I like best the music of Pr-le
Townshend. And that's what people want
me to sing most. But I can't and do not
want to recreate The Who."

Daltrey says getting Townshend to par-
ticipate wasn’t easy, and he admits the
idea is a commercial compromise, much
like The Who boxed set, “Thirty Years of
Maximum R&B,” due May 12, compiled
with the input of Daltrey, Townshend and
Entwistle. It’s a four-CD, 8(i-track package
with songs dating back to 1964 including
rarities, unreleased live cuts, lost Bsides
and even some Townshend dialogue.

“With all these record companies,
there’s a commercial aspect that has to be
taken into account,” says Daltrey. “You
do have to bear in mind they have to sell
records. [think we’ve come up with a good
selection that keeps everybody happy."

Had it been up to Daltrey, the set would
include a remix of “Quadrophenia,” The
Who’s other rock opera, which he believes
never was mixed properly.

He’s also not too pleased with the
Broadway version of “Tommy.” “I’m real-
1y pleased for Pete,” he says. “I think the
music’s wonderful and I’m totally support-
ive. However, subjectively, [would have
done it differently."