Roger Daltrey Rules Out New Who Album Due To Commercial Concerns

It has been four years since the Who released their latest album, ‘Who,’ in 2019. Although fans may be eager to expect a new album from the band, Roger Daltrey said during a recent interview with NME that there was no point in putting out new music as the audience was not willing to embrace it.

Even though the Who’s twelfth studio album, ‘Who,’ debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and generally received positive reviews from critics, it looks like the commercial success and reactions weren’t much satisfying for Daltrey, probably compared to their previous records.

So, when asked about the possibility of releasing a new album with the band, the frontman answered the question with a big laugh, saying there was no point in them recording new material. He then pointed out their latest album, ‘Who,’ and said that people were not interested in it, although it was an excellent record.

The singer also said people wanted to hear old music rather than embrace new pieces. Daltrey is glad they have many new young audiences who interestingly explore their music. However, he also believes that record companies are no longer effective in promoting new material.

Roger Daltrey’s words on a possible album from the Who:

“What’s the point? What’s the point of records? We released an album four years ago [2019’s ‘Who’], and it did nothing. It’s a great album too, but there isn’t the interest out there for new music these days. People want to hear the old music. I don’t know why, but that’s the fact.

We’ve got quite a lot of young people in our audience these days. It’s quite interesting that they’re picking up on our music. But record companies, they just don’t do the same job as they used to.”

So, the Who vocalist doesn’t think releasing new material will serve any purpose. It seems like he is willing to perform their old classics, as the audience also demands the same. The band will continue touring with the European leg of their Hits Back! Tour in the summer of 2023.