Roger Daltrey Refuses To Stay Indoors
Roger Daltrey on The Graham Norton Show, 2018 - Ovid / Youtube
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey refuses to stay put during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that his age group is one the most vulnerable brackets around.
Daltrey, 76, is part of an age group that isn’t allowed to leave their homes for no reason, even if other restrictions have been eased in England – but common sense is still advised when acting on one’s discretion. The singer says that he isn’t worried about leaving his home because he lives in a rural environment.
In an interview with Express, Daltrey said, “I live in the countryside, so it’s a lot easier. I cannot imagine what it must be like stuck in London in a flat with a couple of kids. … I’m not moaning about anything, but, equally as a 76-year-old, I’m not going to be told by anybody to stay in. Go fuck yourselves. We can’t wrap ourselves in cotton wool.”
The UK government has drawn flak over confusing guidelines it has released over the course of the pandemic, but Daltrey says he understands why it is happening. “For every academic that’s telling us one thing on the science, there’s any equally academic scientist on the other side of the fence saying, ‘No, you’re wrong and this what we should do.’ No wonder the public’s confused, no wonder the government’s confused and no wonder that, all around the world, there are different results on how we’re getting through it,” he said.
He doesn’t get the sense behind comparing how different countries are dealing with the pandemic, but says that the British have been pretty resilient in the predicament. “I’m very proud of us for that, and, again, our front-line clinicians and clinical-care workers, I’ll clap all day long for,” he said.
Daltrey also expressed his thoughts about artists who have it way worse than him, saying, “I do feel sorry for young musicians … also, orchestral musicians, these people that have studied for years and years and years to play in orchestras. They’re all out of work – the road crews, the truck drivers, the lighting people, the whole industry is sitting on its fingers. … it’s horrendous.”