Pete Townshend On Roger Daltrey Feeling Inferior To The Who Bandmates

The Who performed at Woodstock in 1969, just after releasing their hit album ‘Tommy.’ Pete Townshend reflected on their performance in a recent interview with Uncut. He also recalled how Roger Daltrey felt inferior compared to the rest of the band before their set at the festival. He explained:

“At Woodstock we were on at five o’clock in the morning when everybody was asleep, stoned, exhausted. We began playing ‘Listening To You I Get The Music [See Me, Feel Me]’ and the sun started to come up.”

Pete said that the song got everybody on their feet by adding:

“Eventually the whole audience stood up. I think it’s because it’s a prayer, a dedication to the human spirit. That’s kind of magical. It’s not about power. We’re just playing this f*cking song; the song is doing it.”

The guitarist shared that the festival turned Roger into a different rocker. He expressed:

“Roger [Daltrey] may have thought he was doing it, I don’t know. I’m often a bit disparaging about Roger in that era, but he came out of that Woodstock movie a rock god.”

Townshend added that prior to Woodstock, Roger was inferior to the rest of the band. The guitarist continued:

“[Daltrey had just been] a short-haired singer in a band where Keith Moon and John Entwistle and Pete Townshend were probably a bit more important than him.”

However the rocker revealed the festival, flipped the band dynamics upside down and Roger was the star. Pete said:

“Maybe we got less birds, but we were more important than him. Suddenly he was not only equal to us, he was a central figurehead. It was a change in the system.”

You can read Pete Townshend’s interview with Uncut here and listen to ‘See Me, Feel Me’ as well as ‘Tommy’ below.