Roger Daltrey Is Angry About The Bonus Track On The Who’s New Album
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The Who frontman Roger Daltrey seems to be pretty miffed about the presence of four bonus tracks on The Who’s new album, Who, saying that it was an absolute joke, to begin with. While he previously said that this new release will be their finest since 1973’s Quadrophenia, the inclusion of the demo recordings, “This Gun Will Misfire” and “Danny And His Ponies”, along with scrapped 60’s materials, “Sand” and “Got Nothing To Prove” seemed to have watered down the potential impact of the release.
“This bonus-track shit, I don’t get it,” Daltrey admitted in an interview with Billboard. “To me, it just makes a perfect album imperfect. Putting demos on a finished record is an absolute joke. It’s not the Who. They’re just abusing our name, putting on what are not Who songs on a Who fucking record, and I don’t get it. I get quite angry about it to be honest.”
It can be remembered that Pete Townshend wanted to include rap parts in the song “All This Music Must Fade”, but Daltrey countered it, saying “I ain’t going there. I love people that do that. It’s incredibly clever … but if I did it, it would be laughable. I could probably do it, but it would be pastiche. I had to convince him to cut it out. I said, ‘You’re welcome to leave it in if you do the rap.’ Obviously he didn’t feel comfortable doing it either.”
The band’s live commitments are set to end in May of 2020. When asked about what they were planning to follow it up with, Daltrey responded with: “We’re obviously coming to the twilight of our live career. It’s always very difficult getting us to do anything. Pete’s on different projects and everything else. I just want to get this tour done as well, as we’ve done the leg. I’d like this leg to be even better, and let’s see where we are once we’ve done that.”