The Who will record this year – Daltrey
Concern: Daltrey hopes to perform with Johnson
Roger Daltrey says The Who will record a follow-up to 2006′s Endless Wire this year – and he’s convinced he and bandmate Pete Townshend are up to the job.
The vocalist is also hoping to do more than one show with Wilko Johnson in the coming months, but he’s concerned at the terminal cancer sufferer’s condition.
Daltrey tells NME: “Pete’s got hundreds of songs, so the only question is whether we get around to it.
“He wants to make an album and I’m always ready and raring to go. I don’t see why we wouldn’t – my voice is still in good shape. The hearing isn’t so great, but the voice is fine.”
He’s just unveiled most of the bands who’ll appear at this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 29 – with tickets on sale today – and he’s confirmed The Who won’t take their usual place on the bill.
Instead he’s hoping Johnson will be well enough to take the stage beside him, so they can perform tracks from their upcoming album Going Back Home.
Daltrey admits: “It’s a tricky one. Wilko and I have a show on February 25, but as I’m sure you know he has pancreatic cancer, so we can’t make plans for things like that.
“His tumour is like a grapefruit and getting bigger by the day. But I will say if he’s still with us – and let’s hope he is – we’ll do something. It’ll only be a quick support slot, but we’ll be there.”
The singer says there are no firm plans to mark The Who’s 50th anniversary this year. “I haven’t thought about it, to be honest,” he says, adding: “We didn’t think it was going to last the week, let alone 50 years. We were The Who: we used to break up after every show.”