The Who’s Roger Daltrey: ‘Music is lacking lead singers’

Frontman says Adele is the 'real deal' though

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The Who singer Roger Daltrey has said that he believes there is a real lack of lead singers amongst newer acts.

Speaking to the Press Association, Daltrey said that he believed music hadn’t produced singers comparable to Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart and put the blame firmly on the shoulders of reality shows.

Asked about today’s generation of lead singers, Daltrey replied: “A lot of the new people they choose on shows like American Idol and things like that – I don’t ever hear lead singers. They always seem to choose to pick people that are great singers, fabulous singers, but they’ve never got the voice that makes a great lead singer.”


The Who man did say there was one exception though and that was Adele, who he described as “the real deal.”

He said of the ’21’ singer: “I mean, I love Adele. That’s a lead singer, that’s the real deal.”

Daltrey also spoke about his inspiration for performing the Who‘s 1969 concept album ‘Tommy’ in its entirety earlier this summer, saying he felt it needed to be heard.


He added: ‘I rediscovered how fabulous it is as a piece of music and I decided it needs to be heard. I loved the film, but it’s Ken Russell’s view of Tommy. The stage play was what it was, and that was Pete (Townshend) and (theatrical director) Des McAnuff’s view of it. But to me it’s always been the music that’s important, and I can never get bored with that because it’s brilliant.”

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