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Roger Daltrey cites John Entwistle's death as ultimate shock

As Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend prep for what will likely be their final large scale North American tour as the Who, Daltrey looks back to the ups and downs of his life with the band. The Who frontman told London's The Express, “Of course I’m very aware I’ve had a life of immense privilege. It’s the best thing in the world, being on stage doing what you love, there’s nothing better. It’s difficult to pinpoint a career highlight because I just love the thrill of performing.”

When asked about the lowest point of the Who's 50 year career, Daltrey touched upon his fallen bandmates: “Losing Keith (Moon), and John (Entwistle) of course. In fact sometimes I think John was more of a shock than Keith because I kind of expected Keith to die. He used up all his nine lives and I wish we could have saved him. I think if it had been now and he had the same problems we would have at least had a chance, but we were young and ignorant."

He went on to say, “John was in some ways more of a shock and we’d gone on in life much longer so the relationship becomes that much deeper. One day he was there, and it was ‘see you tomorrow John’ and then, boom, gone.”

Pete Townshend told us that Entwistle's death in 2002 ended up giving clarity to his and Roger Daltrey's relationship: "When John died, it polarized us. But it also, it made the relationship between Roger and I much clearer. It just meant (that) I'm the writer, Roger's the singer -- whatever you call it, whether it's 'The Who' or not, we've always had that."

Roger Daltrey explained to us that in the years following Entwistle's death, he's learned to work as Townshend needs him, while taking on some of the less glamorous aspects of running the band: "'Just have to be there if he needs you. That's the function. I'm just an instrument for him -- and I accept that, I'm quite happy with that. But I do all the other stuff behind the scenes, the business side of it. I deal with the interviews when he doesn't fancy doing them, and a whole raft of other stuff that has to do with Who business that Pete doesn't do, that I do. So, y'know, we do kind of share the load in different ways."

The Who with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts North American tour dates (subject to change):

April 15 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
April 17 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena
April 19 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 21 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
April 23 - Duluth, GA - The Arena At Gwinnett Center
April 25 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fairgrounds Racecourse (The Who only)
April 27 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
April 29 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
May 2 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
May 5 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
May 7 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 9 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
May 11 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
May 13 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
May 15 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
May 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
May 20 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
May 24 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
May 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
May 30 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
September 14 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
September 16 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
September 19 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum At Caesars Palace (The Who only)
September 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
September 23 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
September 25 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
September 27 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena At Seattle Center
September 29 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
October 1 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
October 3 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
October 6 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Sports Centre
October 8 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
October 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
October 13 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
October 15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
October 17 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
October 19, 21 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
October 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
October 25 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
October 27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
October 29 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
November 11 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
November 4 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center

Side Notes:

All of the Who’s 11 studio albums have been re-released on vinyl alongside a double vinyl version of their latest career-spanning greatest hits collection: My Generation (1965), A Quick One (1966), The Who Sell Out (1967), Tommy (double LP) (1969), Who's Next (1971), Quadrophenia (double LP) (1973), The Who By Numbers (1975), Who Are You (1978), Face Dances (1981), It's Hard (1982), Endless Wire (double LP) (2006) and The Who Hits 50! (double LP) (2014).

All of the albums have been re-mastered in 24-96 format and are pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. Each album will also have its original issue artwork, including:

• Tommy -- original six-panel fold out / 12-page color 11-inch-by-11 booklet and LP sides pressed as original 1969 vinyl.
• The Who Sell Out -- a replica of the original 20-inch-by-20-inch poster as an insert.
• Quadrophenia -- gatefold sleeve with original 44-page booklet.
• Face Dances -- a replica of the 24-inch-by-24 poster of the album cover as an insert.
• Out now is Pretend You’re In A War: The Who And The Sixties, arguably the most important book ever published on the formation and early days of the Who. In celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary, noted British author Mark Blake -- who's already published groundbreaking and widely respected books on Queen and Pink Floyd -- has treated fans to the type of investigative journalism into the Who’s formative years that, until now, has usually only ever been afforded to the Beatles and Bob Dylan.
• Blake, with a stunning list of new, original interviews by the principle players -- including the group -- also has gone even deeper to find the fuller story by talking to the people in around the band during their early Mod days at such clubs as the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush and the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone, London, for once, giving full color to the Who's road to stardom.
• For more information on Mark Blake's work, log on to:

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