Will his plea fall on deaf ears?

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis - Roger Dal­trey

For many, the Who’s Roger Dal­trey is a time­less rock’n’roll icon, a sym­bol of 60s re­bel­lion and deca­dence, for­ever the snarling, sneer­ing voice of My Gen­er­a­tion.

To add to that, I also al­ways think of him as a fish farmer, thanks to a long-run­ning joke in Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous. Dal­trey told the Sun that he’s not so keen on the voices of fe­male pop stars these days, ow­ing to the fact that they use in-ear mon­i­tors, which, he sug­gests, makes them sing more qui­etly.

“It goes up into the head and starts com­ing through the nose and they sound like Mickey Mouse. I find it soul­less be­cause it’s not come from the heart.”

Dal­trey makes an ex­cep­tion for Adele, as he did when he be­moaned the lack of “lead singers” in mu­sic in 2011, and for Ed Sheeran, whose “voice is so pure and pow­er­ful. He sings from the heart.”

I love Adele and have a soft spot for Sheeran, but it’s worth not­ing, apro­pos of noth­ing, that ear­lier this year at a show in Las Ve­gas, Dal­trey also de­scribed him­self as “very, very deaf” and urged peo­ple to wear earplugs, so as not to suf­fer the same fate.

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