Rock legend Pete Townshend helped save Roger Daltrey’s new solo album. The 74-year-old singer has teamed up with Pete, 72, on his new solo album ‘As Long As I Have You’, and has admitted to harbouring doubts about the project before his who bandmate convinced him to press ahead with the record.
He confessed: “There was a time there when I didn’t think I’d make it at all. But this incredible peace came over me. I’ll never forget it.
“Pete was the one who convinced me that it was great.”
Despite their history together, the duo hardly ever see eye-to-eye when they’re in the studio. Roger Daltrey said that he had doubts about his new solo album ‘As Long As I Have You’ was worth recording until his Who bandmate, Pete Townshend talked him into it and appeared on seven of the album’s tracks.
The follow up to ‘Going Back Home’ released in 2014 will be released on June 1 and was completed after Roger Daltrey suffered from viral meningitis in 2015.
“There was a time there when I didn’t think I’d make it at all,” the singer told Mojo in a new interview. “But this incredible peace came over me. I’ll never forget it.” However, he still had doubts over the material when he went back to work. “Pete was the one who convinced me that it was great,” he said.
It’s been 12 years since the Who released their most recent album, Endless Wire, and Townshend said that he had certain requirements if they were to make another record.
“You know, the difficult thing for Roger and me is that we never really collaborated on a creative level,” he said, “not even in the way we plan stage shows. Either I am driving or he is driving. The next Who album if there is to be one really needs to feature songs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend in equal numbers.”
Asked how their relationship differs when they’re working on Roger’s solo projects, Pete explained: “You know, the difficult thing for Roger and me is that we never really collaborated on a creative level, not even in the way we plan stage shows.
“Either I am driving or he is driving. One of us always has to go passive to get a decision. We debate and discuss, but we rarely agree completely.”
Roger has already thanked his bandmate for his help with the new album, while Pete has hailed Roger’s record as a “brave” move. Speaking to Mojo magazine, Pete shared: “Roger left a phone message thanking me for my work and support, so I assume he liked what I did.
“My feeling is that even the harshest critic will appreciate that this album is a brave adventure for Roger and (producer) Dave Eringa.
“They are using songs from an R&B era where serious political issues were being tackled almost in code by a diverse artistic base for the first time. Roger sings like a superhero, bringing back the memory of the activism of that era.”