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Roger Daltrey prepping memoir, Pete Townshend gets the acting bug

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Roger Daltrey is rock's latest budding author with the announcement that he'll publish his autobiography in the fall of 2018 via Henry Holt and Co. in North America and Blink Publishing in the UK.

TheBookseller.com posted a statement from the Who frontman explaining, "It's great that I’ve found a young, enthusiastic publisher, an upstart in the world of books, to publish my story. It feels like the right fit. I've always resisted the urge to 'do the memoir,' but now, finally, I feel I've enough perspective. When you've spent more than half a century at the epicenter of a band like the Who, perspective can be a problem. Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I'm on the factory floor in Shepherd's Bush, the next, I'm headlining Woodstock." Pete Townshend finally published his autobiography, Who I Am, in 2012 via Harper Collins.

Daltrey, who's now 73, been married for over 45 years, and is the father of five, went on to say, "It's taken three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon's 21st birthday. I hope the result is more than just another autobiography. I've been lucky enough to live in interesting times. I've witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition. That I'm still here to tell my tale when so many others around me didn't make it is nothing short of a miracle." No title or hard street date for the memoir has been revealed.

Roger Daltrey was asked, if rather than be beholden to Pete Townshend to always deliver the goods -- why he doesn't try writing a new Who album for the band: "Well, I do try writing songs. But every time I do. . . they're just not up to (the Who's standard) -- he set such a high bar. Y'know, one genius is enough in a band.”

Although he's never been a prolific songwriter, Daltrey admits that if nothing else, he's always been a fan of his own songwriting efforts: "No, they're great, they're great songs! Y'know, I always lacked confidence in the songs that I wrote. And I suppose living in Pete's shadow all these years, y'know. . . But now I listen back to the early Who songs that I wrote with him, like bits of 'Anyway, Anyhow. . .' that I wrote, and I go, 'There's nothing wrong with that.’"

Roger Daltrey tour dates (subject to change):

October 27 - Riviera Maya, Mexico - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
October 30 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 1 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live
November 3 - Saint Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
November 6, 8 - Niagara Falls, ON - Fallsview Casino

In Other Who News:

Coming on the heels of his Classic Quadrophenia project, Pete Townshend has announced he'll be doing a bit of acting in his wife Rachel Fuller's new classical theatrical piece.

Townshend posted to fans about the new musical on TheWho.com:

I am delighted to be able to have this opportunity to perform an acting and singing role in The Seeker. The play includes a few songs from me, one I wrote for the Ferryman (the role I am taking on) back in 1976, so the role seems a good fit. I’m not known for my acting, and I have always said I can’t do it -- but recently I realized that I have been acting all my life, pretending to love being on stage in a rock band. At various stages of my career with The Who I have appeared happy, joyful, miserable, bored, in the zone, out of the zone, up my own arse and five feet up in the air. . . none of these states has ever reflected what I have really been feeling at the time. I have been doing my job as a musician (which comes naturally to me) and acting whatever part I think needs to be put over at the time. So I’m hoping I can do justice to the role of the Ferryman. Basically he is an old bloke with a boat, so I qualify pretty well as someone with more things that float than guitars.

Pete, October 2017

According to its official website, "Inspired by the iconic book, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, The Seeker is a tale of human passion and spiritual awakening. Set between a vivid dual landscape of ancient India and modern New York, The Seeker is brought to the theatre by an outstanding creative team from opera, theatre and rock music. Touring in 2018, The Seeker will seduce audiences with its sweeping melodic lines, its rich orchestration and timeless themes of love, loss and a deep search for meaning in a troubled world."

With both Townshend and Fuller workaholic composers, we asked Rachel Fuller why the two don't simply pair up for an album together: "I don't know. I mean, apart from the fact that he and I would probably have fun doing it -- we do love working together -- I just think it's a bit too cheesy. I just think people would be like: 'blehhhh.' It's great when we work together, and I think doing those shows that we did was an appropriate place for him and I to actually do a couple of things together, but mainstream? No, I just don't think that would work.”

The Seeker album will be released in 2018, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring Pete Townshend as the Ferryman.

Side Notes:

Out now is the Who's five CD set, Maximum A's & B's, featuring 86 tracks from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track, and Polydor labels. The new set "presents all of the band's A-sides, B-sides and EP's in one place for the very first time.”

Maximum A's & B's includes such classic hits such as "Pictures Of Lily," "I Can See For Miles," "Magic Bus," "Pinball Wizard," "Won’t Get Fooled Again," "Substitute," "I Can’t Explain," "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," "My Generation," "Squeeze Box," "Who Are You," "You Better You Bet," "Real Good-Looking Boy" -- and the Who's last recorded track to date "Be Lucky.”

The set includes "rarely heard B-sides and EP tracks along with the group’s first single, as the High Numbers -- 'Zoot Suit' and 'I'm The Face.'"


Check it out: The Who in concert on March 26, 2016 at Scottrade Center

The Who Hits 50!: March 26, 2016

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The Who Hits 50! Tour live at Scottrade Center on March 26, 2016

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