LAST WORD: ROGER DALTREY
The Who frontman is more likely to be cursing at the TV than appearing on it.
The Who man on decking Pete Townshend and what makes him swear at the TV.
What was the last album you bought? When we started out, The Who were always covering different stuff from everybody else. I used to go out every day and search out strange, unheard of albums with tracks that we could do. We used to try and do a new song every week. But I haven’t paid for an album for 50 years. Bollocks to that, everybody steals our music so I’m going to steal everybody else’s! When was the last time you swore at the television? Every night. It’s much better than swearing at the missus. It’s just the shallowness of some of the stuff they put on. What a load of bollocks. The last thing I had a really good swear at was that new Agatha Christie thing Ordeal By Innocence] that’s on TV. It’s so fucking bad, it’s unbelievable. I just think, “What a load of old tosh.” And you have to wait a week between episodes, I think, “Fuck me, I’m losing the will to live.” When were you last offered an acting role? I get approached all the time but I don’t want to do it any more. It became unenjoyable. The last bit of acting I did was on CSI. I did a lot of work. When I look back, the one that was the most fun was the character I played in Highlander: The Series. I used to send it up terrible because I couldn’t take that shit seriously. I mean, come on! When did you last cook breakfast for someone? A couple of months ago. It was a Welsh rarebit. Do I have a culinary speciality? Yeah, cornflakes. I’m not a chef by any means but I can get away with it. My wife broke her wrist last year and couldn’t cook for six weeks so I had to do it and we survived. That’s all I can say, we survived. When was the last time you watched Arsenal? I watch every game on TV. I love football and I like to watch all the teams. I like to see how good they are and weigh up the opposition. I don’t like going to the Emirates, something happened when Highbury closed for me. They split us season ticket holders up. It was people I’d been sitting with for 20 odd years, you knew everyone and you’d get the banter going. When I went to the Emirates the first few times I found it cold. It was like going to work for me. We played those kinds of places our whole fucking lives. When was the last time you used your skills as a sheet metal worker? I do some bits and pieces on the farm, I might do a bit of welding. That’s all the easy stuff, it’s not really sheet metal work. I haven’t done that since I left the factory. I knocked a few dents out of the car but that’s about it. Having strong hands from it came in handy sometimes in a row. When was the last time you got into a physical fight? Oh God, I can’t remember. A long, long time ago. It was probably when we were doing Quadrophenia when I hit Pete. Way back in the ’ 70s when we made the album. He made the mistake of hitting me with a guitar, I didn’t like it. It doesn’t matter what the argument was over. It’s old hat, you don’t need to go there! What is the last thing you’d do if the world was ending? I’d make sure I had all my family there and I’d just hug them and tell them I love ’em. Then I’d say, “Let’s head for the entrance.”
Roger Daltrey: has knocked dents out of cars and put dents into Pete Townshend.