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Roger Daltrey: 'Britain's immigration problems make me angry'

November 18th, 2013 3:10am EST
Roger Daltrey
Rocker Roger Daltrey has vowed never to vote for Britain's Labour Party again because he blames the politicians for denying his friends jobs.

The Who frontman insists the mass immigration that marked the Labour Party's last term in office has destroyed his homeland.

The My Generation singer rages, "I will never, ever forgive the Labour Party for allowing this mass immigration with no demands on what people should be paid. I will never forgive them for destroying the jobs of my mates because they allowed their jobs to be undercut with stupid thinking on Europe, letting them (immigrants) al...

Roger Daltrey's Keith Moon Biopic Is Back On!

November 11th, 2013 4:20pm EST
Roger Daltrey
The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey has "reinvigorate" plans to develop a biopic about the band's late drummer Keith Moon.

The legendary rocker is collaborating with executives at Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures to bring the film, which will center on the drummer's life and hard-partying ways, to theaters.

A statement from Daltrey reads, "The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart, so I am excited to reinvigorate it."  Daltrey delayed the film plans in 2008 because he could not find a scriptwriter.

In other Moon News, a 'lost' comedy album recorded by Keith three year...

Roger Daltrey pays tribute to Churchill at bust unveiling

October 31st, 2013 4:00am EDT
Roger Daltrey
Legendary The Who rocker Roger Daltrey helped members of America's Congress celebrate the special relationship between the U.S. and U.K. governments on Wednesday (30Oct13) by performing at the unveiling of a bust in Winston Churchill's honour.

The veteran Brit joined Secretary of State John Kerry and leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for the dedication and belted out The Who classic Won't Get Fooled Again and Ben E. King's Stand by Me to represent the close bond between the two countries.

During the ceremony, House Speaker John Boehner p...

Roger Daltrey: 'The Who will keep on rocking after final tour'

October 29th, 2013 9:30pm EDT
The Who
The Who star Roger Daltrey has assured fans the band won't be splitting up after one final world tour, insisting he and Pete Townshend simply won't be hitting the road anymore.

The guitar great recently revealed he and Daltrey would be retiring from touring after one last world tour in 2015 - and now the frontman is keen to make it clear that the final shows won't mean the end of the band.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "That will be the last big tour. People have read that wrong though. We aren't finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be real...

The Who to quit touring

October 25th, 2013 3:20am EDT
Pete Townshend
The Who are planning to quit touring.
The band - who formed in 1964 - will play one final set of gigs to mark their 50th anniversary in 2015 and are hoping to perform in places they haven't visited many times previously.
Guitarist Pete Townshend told the Evening Standard newspaper: "For the 50th anniversary we'll tour the world. It'll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we've not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven't heard us play all the old hits."
In June this year they played ten dates across the United Kingdom and Ireland wher...

The Who To Retire From Live Performances?

October 24th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
The Who
The Who are to retire from the stage after one last world tour to mark their 50th anniversary.

Surviving members of the legendary rock band Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who formed the band in 1964, are planning a spectacular series of performances to mark their half century next year but insist it will be their last time out on the road.

The band wrapped up a tour of its classic album Quadrophenia at London's Royal Albert Hall in July but both rockers have had health issues in recent years, Daltrey needs regular throat check-ups after having a pre-cancerous growth removed in 2010 a...

Moody Blues to recreate 1970 Isle of Wight Festival at Sea

September 18th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Roger Daltrey
Classic rockers The Moody Blues have added Roger Daltrey to their latest cruise festival.

The Nights in White Satin hitmakers' five-night Moody Blues Cruise II around the Bahamas will recreate the vibe of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival - and it will mark the first time the band and Daltrey have shared a bill together since The Who headlined the iconic festival over four decades ago.

The cruise will also feature performances from The Zombies, The Orchestra starring ELO, Starship, Little River Band and former Emerson, Lake & Palmer star Carl Palmer.

The high seas festivities will kick off...

Iggy Pop replaces Daltrey in Wonderland

September 17th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop will replace fellow rocker Roger Daltrey as the voice of a caterpillar in a new TV series.

The Lust For Life singer has joined the cast of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

The Who frontman Daltrey voiced The Caterpillar in a previous episode of hit show Once Upon a Time, but was unavailable to reprise the role in the spin-off, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The Who To Honor Canceled 1979 Rhode Island Show Tickets On Upcoming 'Quadrophenia' Tour

July 19th, 2012 8:49pm EDT
The Who
Legendary British rockers The Who have sent a message to their fans, vowing to honor tickets from a concert they canceled in Rhode Island in 1979 when they return next year on their North American "Quadrophenia" tour.

Surviving band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend announced that their latest tour will focus on a full performance of their 1973 "Quadropnenia" album when they set out on the road later this year. The group had to cancel their Ocean State concert in 1979 because Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci canceled their show over safety concerns after news that their show in Cincinn...

The Who Plan 'Great' Finale For Olympics, Prepare For North American Tour

July 19th, 2012 8:29am EDT
The Who
The Who have been working on their Olympics closing ceremony for months, and Roger Daltrey insists it will amaze viewers when they watch it next month.

He says, "It is a great finale to the event because it's not a rock show... We've done it for 50 years but because there's athletics there all day, the technical issues are just so (different).

"We have recorded a piece of music which I think is a fabulous end for the Olympics; just showing the greatness that's come out of this country (England). This country has put some fabulous music into the world. This is not about The Who being on a ...

The Who To Launch Massive 'Quadrophenia' Tour In North America

July 18th, 2012 10:44pm EDT
The Who
Veteran rockers The Who have announced plans to perform their 1973 concept album "Quadrophenia" in its entirety as part of a major North American tour.

Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will hit the road for almost 40 dates either side of Christmas with drummer Zak Starkey, bass player Pino Palladino and Townshend's brother Simon.

The band's first North American tour in four years will kick off on November 1 in Sunrise, Florida. A second leg will begin in California in the New Year.

To launch the tour news, documentary The Who: Quadrophenia - Can You See The Real Me? The ...

Roger Daltrey: 'Oasis Will Get Back Together Within The Next Four Years'

March 6th, 2012 7:34pm EST
Roger Daltrey
The Who star Roger Daltrey is convinced Oasis will reform within the next four years.

The rocker, who has had a love-hate relationship with bandmate Pete Townshend for decades, insists it's inevitable that the estranged Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, will put their differences to one side for a major comeback.

He tells British radio network Xfm, "You know damn well that they'll be together - I predict within four years. And it will be magic. They'll be bigger than ever and they'll be drinking twice as much."

Oasis split in 2009 and the Gallaghers have waged a war of words in the medi...

Steven Tyler & Roger Daltrey Fund Invention To Replace Vocal Chords

November 5th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Steven Tyler
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and The Who's Roger Daltrey are helping to fund a new gel invention that replaces damaged vocal cords.

The singer hopes the pioneering product will help struggling musicians and throat cancer patients.

The gel, which mimics the vibrations of human vocal cords, was created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to

The research is also being funded in part by actress/singer Julie Andrews, who quit singing after her voice was affected by surgery in 1997.

Daltrey tells, "It's not just for singers. The...

Tour Keeps Roger Daltrey From Committing To U.K. Version Of 'The Voice'

July 16th, 2011 8:00pm EDT
Roger Daltrey
The Who rocker Roger Daltrey met with TV bosses in Britain to negotiate a role as a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, but had to pull out of talks due to touring commitments.

Despite previously slamming TV talent shows, Daltrey was one of the frontrunners to take a seat on the rejuvenated American Idol when Simon Cowell left to concentrate on his American The X Factor show, but decided the concept was not right for him.

He started negotiations in Britain to sit as a panellist on The Voice, a hit show in the U.S., in which the judges choose their favourites without seeing them, and...

Roger Daltrey Attacked Bullies With A Chair

July 2nd, 2011 8:30am EDT
Roger Daltrey
The Who rocker Roger Daltrey has revealed he fought off teenage bullies by battering them with a chair.

The singer was targeted when he was a young man because of his diminutive height, but he devised the perfect way to keep the thugs at bay.

He tells Uncut magazine, "I would've like to have been (taller), yes, when I was getting picked on and bullied. But I found a way around it: I hit someone with a chair. It got such a great reaction that everyone left me alone."

"Surprise is everything when you do something like that."

Roger Daltrey Worried About Pete Townshend's Upcoming Autobiography

June 27th, 2011 11:40pm EDT
Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey isn't looking forward to reading The Who bandmate Pete Townshend's new book - because he fears what he'll learn about himself.

The autobiography that landed Townshend in trouble with the law is to be released in 2012, almost 20 years after the rocker started work on his memoirs.

Townshend was infamously cautioned by British police officials in 2003 for accessing child pornography on the internet as part of his research for the tome - but Daltrey isn't worried about that part of the book.

He tells, "I'm not particularly looking forward to it. When I look bac...

Bono Defends 'American Idol'

May 27th, 2011 1:45pm EDT
U2 rocker Bono has bucked the trend of celebrities criticizing TV talent shows by throwing his support behind American Idol.

A number of high-profile musicians have come out against singing competitions such as Idol and The X Factor in recent months, with Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Madness star Suggs and New Order's Bernard Sumner all lining up to criticize format pioneer Simon Cowell and his numerous TV projects.

Bono, who performed on the American Idol finale this week, has now come forward to champion the series, insisting the programme reminds him of old-fashioned variety shows whic...

Roger Daltrey Announces 'Tommy' Tour Dates

May 12th, 2011 10:43pm EDT
Roger Daltrey
Rocker Roger Daltrey has announced dates for his groundbreaking and ambitious "Tommy" tour.

His band The Who never played the iconic album in its entirety but singer Daltrey will when he performs dates during a six-week tour of North America.

The concert run begins in Florida on September 13.

Daltrey premiered his version of The Who's legendary rock opera in its entirety at London's Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust in March.

The press blurb accommodating the dates announcement reads, "Employing the use of striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an...

Roger Daltrey Honors John Entwistle At London Concert

March 26th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Roger Daltrey
The Who star Roger Daltrey remembered the band's late bassist John Entwistle in an emotional tribute during a charity show in London on Thursday night.

The legendary rocker took to the stage for a solo performance at the British capital's Royal Albert Hall as part of his Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, which raise money for sick youngsters.

And, according to, Daltrey used the opportunity to honor his late The Who band mate, who died of a heart attack in Las Vegas in 2002.

As he thrilled the crowd by playing songs from the band's 1969 album Tommy, Daltrey told them, "Back in the '70...

Billy Joel 'Live At Shea Stadium' CD/DVD Available Everywhere Now; Full Album Streaming at AOL Music

March 8th, 2011 10:19pm EST
Billy Joel
Billy Joel has just released the live concert album/film Live at Shea Stadium, which is currently streaming at AOL Music. For more information and to order a copy visit

The full-concert companion to the acclaimed Lionsgate documentary "The Last Play At Shea," Billy Joel Live At Shea Stadium features more than two hours of Billy and his band offering definitive, and often transcendent versions of hits, rarities, deep catalog, personal favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises including duets with guest artists Paul McCartney ("I Saw Her Standing There," "Let It Be"), ...

Cream's Jack Bruce Wants Simon Cowell 'Exterminated'

January 10th, 2011 7:29pm EST
Jack Bruce
British rock icon Jack Bruce has called for Simon Cowell's extermination - because he believes the music mogul is single-handedly wrecking the industry.

The Cream star insists so many great acts would never have made it in the 1960s if Cowell had been a major part of the music business - and the bass player fears for the future of music under svengalis like the man behind TV talent shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

Bruce tells Britain's Uncut magazine, "He should be exterminated.

"You can pretty much guarantee that had that bastard Cowell been around at the beginning of the '6...

Roger Daltrey Was Recovering From Secret Throat Surgery At Super Bowl Gig

January 5th, 2011 10:15am EST
Roger Daltry
The Who rocker Roger Daltrey has fired back at critics who savaged his 2010 Super Bowl performance, revealing he underwent surgery to remove a pre-cancerous growth from his throat just weeks before the big concert.

The singer was heavily criticized for failing to hit the high notes during The Who's half-time show - and now he's explaining why he may not have been on top form.

In a CBS TV interview at the beginning of December Daltrey revealed his voice wasn't "performing in a normal way" and friends put him in touch with master throat surgeon Steven Zeitel in Massachusetts in late 2009.


Keith Richards & Mick Jagger Top Rock Feuds List

November 25th, 2010 11:45am EST
Rolling Stones
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger's on/off feud has handed the Rolling Stones bandmates the top spot on a new list of warring rockers.

The duo has beaten Simon & Garfunkel to the number one position on Rolling Stone magazine's new Greatest Rock Feuds Of All Time countdown.

The publication's editors handed the Brits top place following the pair's recent falling out over extracts in Richards' new biography Life, in which the guitarist mocked the frontman's "tiny dodger", among a series of surprising jibes.

The top five list is:

1. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
2. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

Gene Simmons Slams Simon Cowell

November 23rd, 2010 8:29am EST
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons wants Simon Cowell's job - he's convinced he would make a better judge on the TV mogul's reality singing contests because he has real experience in the music industry.

The Kiss rocker has joined a string of stars, including Elton John and The Who's Roger Daltrey, who have taken aim at Cowell and his hit TV competitions. Simmons insists he is "more qualified than anybody" to dole out advice on the programs, which he claims will never discover any new music legends like Jimi Hendrix or Robert Plant.

He tells Britain's Daily Star, "I think I could be the sole judge on The X Fa...

Celebrity Weekend In Photos: The Super Bowl, Beijing, Brazil & More

February 8th, 2010 9:15am EST
Carrie Underwood Super Bowl
Carrie Underwood sang the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7. The Saints won 31-17. See what other celebrities did over the weekend!

Jackie Chan posed with two tiger toys during a ceremony to launch a tiger protection project with WildAid in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 5. The project will raise public awareness to protect the endangered tiger species.

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Pete Townshend Blasts 'Austin Powers'

April 30th, 2009 9:38pm EDT
Pete Townshend
The Who star Pete Townshend has taken aim at Mike Myers' Austin Powers creation for "trivializing" what was going on in London during the swinging 1960s. Townshend fears a generation of film fans got the wrong message about the pivotal moment in British culture - and it's all thanks to the funnyman's hirsute, frozen spy who brings free love and bad teeth to modern times.

The rocker hopes the British musical debut of The Who's Quadrophenia will help today's youth understand exactly what was going on in the Swinging Sixties.

He tells, "'Austin Powers' has done a lo...

Rob Thomas Ready To Rock With Second Solo Album, Out June 30

April 29th, 2009 2:37pm EDT
Rob Thomas
Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the forthcoming release of his second solo album, titled Cradlesong. Due on June 30th, the album features the first single, "Her Diamonds," which hit radio and video outlets in mid-April. Once again produced by Matt Serletic, Cradlesong is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Thomas' 2005 solo debut - the #1, RIAA platinum …Something To Be.

"I like musical hybrids," says Thomas about the musical direction of the new album. "Like, 'What would it sound like if we took Prince's drummer and mixed him with really amazing Nashville...

John Entwistle's Death Saved The Who

March 27th, 2009 8:47am EDT
John Entwistle
The Who would be no more if bass player John Entwistle hadn't died in 2002 - because Pete Townshend only agreed to hit the road to help his pal out of debt.

Band leader Townshend reveals he planned to bow out of performing with the rock group after that year's hits tour, but when Entwistle died in Las Vegas on the eve of the trek, the guitarist was forced to forget his past differences with frontman Roger Daltrey, and get on with the shows. The tour brought the two existing The Who stars closer - and led to bigger plans.

The guitarist tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper, ...

PETA Fires Back At Roger Daltrey's Rant

March 6th, 2009 12:02pm EST
Roger Daltrey
Animal rights advocates have hit back at The Who rocker Roger Daltrey after he criticized the public for donating money to animal charities instead of young cancer patients.

The singer claims he is struggling to raise cash for his Teenage Cancer Trust Foundation, because so much charity cash goes to animal causes. He recently accused the British public of turning their backs on stricken kids, saying, "It is a blot on our society when, if these teenagers had four legs and fur or feathers we would raise the money in a year. It's tragic and it makes me want to fight even harder."


Robert Plant Named Greatest Voice In Rock

January 3rd, 2009 2:00pm EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has picked up his second major award of the new year after he was named the Greatest Voice in Rock in an online radio network poll.

Plant, who was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's New Year's Honors list for his services to music and the entertainment industry, has topped Planet Rock's new The Greatest Voice in Rock Top 40 ahead of Freddie Mercury and Mercury's Queen replacement Paul Rodgers.

The only woman to make the new list is Janis Joplin.

The top 10 are:

1. Robert Plant

2. Freddie Mercury


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