The Only Song The Who’s Roger Daltrey Hated Singing Live
Formed in 1964 in London, The Who is a rock band whose original lineup consisted of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon. Back in 1978, Moon passed away, and Kenney Jones replaced him for a brief time. Following that, Entwistle also passed away, but this didn’t end the Who as they are still active in the music scene.
Throughout their prolific career, the Who released 12 albums and went on several tours which brought them success. Moreover, the band also released numerous hit songs that later became rock classics, such as their ‘My Generation,’ ‘Baba O’Riley,’ ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’
As the Who has been active for almost six decades, the frontman Roger Daltrey has gone on stage multiple times to sing the band’s songs. However, there is a considerable time gap between the band’s last three albums, ‘It’s Hard,’ ‘Endless Wire,’ and ‘Who.’ So, there was a lack of new musical material during these time periods.
Adding the fans’ neverending requests to perform the Who’s classics, it is no surprise that Daltrey got tired of singing some of the Who hits. As it appears, there is one particular song that the singer hates singing live. Let’s learn which the Who hit that was.
Roger Daltrey Hated Singing ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ During Performances
‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ was released as a single back in June 1971, while an eight-and-a-half-minute version was featured as the final track on the Who’s 1971 album ‘Who’s Next.’ Moreover, the song has appeared on the band’s setlist since 1971, most of the time as the set closer.
After its release, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ became a huge success and achieved great critical acclaim. It was also used in some political campaigns and made it to the TV. Besides, the song has been covered by numerous artists, such as the rock band Van Halen.
Roger Daltrey, who also performs ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ during his solo concerts, revealed his thoughts about the song to Rolling Stones in a 2018 interview. In the interview, the host Andy Greene asked the singer whether he is eager to sing ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ even in his eighties.
As a response, Roger Daltrey confessed that this is the only the Who song that bores him to death. Roger then said he can sing the band’s other hits with the same excitement he did for the first time. Following that, the singer said he doesn’t know the reason, but singing ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ does not feel the same anymore.
In the interview by Rolling Stone, the host Andy Greene asked Roger Daltrey that:
“Do you hope you’re still singing ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ in your eighties?”
Daltrey then answered:
“That’s the only song I’m bloody bored shitless with. I don’t know why, but I’m being honest. All the others I can approach like I’m singing for the first time. I don’t know what’s happening there psychologically. Maybe it’s the song, but I never seem to be in the same pocket where I’m singing it for the first time.“
Below, you can watch Roger Daltrey perform ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ back in 2019.