Roger Daltrey Talks Vocal Issues, Pete Townshend’s Hearing
Roger Daltrey, who is set to embark on a solo 'Tommy' tour later this summer, says that his voice has recovered after a 'scare' a few years ago. The Who singer also reveals that Pete Townshend's hearing problems have taken a turn for the worse.
Daltrey admits that he was struggling with his voice in recent years, and that it showed during the band's tours. He says part of the reason was he didn't have the proper sound system around him, while he also admits that he didn't take care of his voice properly.
"It got to me," Daltrey tells Rolling Stone. "I felt the pressure. I was having terrible trouble hearing what I was singing and it did get to me. In fact, I've been suffering for quite a few of the previous tours. I never understood that if you sweat as much as I used to every night, you drain your body of salts. So I got very, very, seriously ill. I got to the stage where I was almost hospitalized with serious problems."
Meanwhile, Townshend's hearing loss has been well documented, but Daltrey now says that the Who guitarist is really struggling with the issue. He cites it as one reason he's taking 'Tommy' on the road without Townshend.
"Pete is having terrible hearing problems at the moment," divulges Daltrey. "There's nobody I'd rather be on stage with than Pete. But equally, I don't want to be on stage with him destroying the last bit of his hearing. That would be completely foolish. He's a composer."
Back to Daltrey's voice, the singer now explains that those problems are behind him. "I'm working with a completely new sound system," he says. "For the last year I've been able to hear myself onstage, and singing is so much easier. I don't over-sing anymore, which I used to suffer from terribly because I couldn't hear myself."
While Daltrey admits the band is in the final stages of its career, he says he still has a few good years left in him. "I had a real scare with my voice a couple of years ago, but now I'm singing better than ever," remarks Daltrey. "And it made me just want to use it till the day I can't."
Daltrey's 'Tommy' tour hits North America on Sept. 13 in Hollywood, Fla., and runs through Nov. 2 in Winnepeg, Canada. Check out his full itinerary here.
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