The Unfair Reason Roger Daltrey Hated Kenny Jones, The Who Producer Recalls

The Who producer Bill Szymczyk recently joined Rock History Music, and discussed why Roger Daltrey resented post-Keith Moon drummer Kenney Jones.

Szymczyk produced the act’s 1981 album ‘Face Dances,’ as he shared how Pete Townshend offered him the job after his rise to prominence by producing Joe Walsh in the 70s. Bill recalled:

“Joe’s career blows up and mine along with it, [and] so on and so forth. And then Pete calls me up, this is after Keith died, and [he] said, ‘Well, we’re gonna get Kenny Jones and would you be interested in producing us?’ I said, ‘Of course.’ The Who had been one of my favorite bands forever, [but] that turned out to be the hardest album I ever had to make.”

He carried on by listing his reasons why working with the Who was tough:

“I was in England, [it was the] only album I ever did out of country, [that was] number one. They hated each other at the time, [number two]. There was some serious drug problems and drinking problems going on. So, you lump that all together and it was a rough time, and, to this day, I’m not particularly happy with the results. I can say that.”

Bill then also discussed how being the ‘new kids’ with Kenney Jones felt like and why Daltrey despised the new drummer while also revealing the only Who member who resented him:

“He [Kenney] and I were the new kids, we both came in at the same time and Roger had a fairly big beef with Kenney, just because he wasn’t Keith Moon. [John] Entwistle [also] had a fairly big beef with me because I didn’t like the way he sounded half the time. I always tried to make him sound like a bass player because we already had a guitar player. So, it was just a tough time.”

‘Face Dances’ was the first ever Who album not to feature Keith Moon, as the drummer had passed away in 1978, three years prior to the record’s release. It was Kenney’s debut work with the band, who was recruited by Townshend himself, and you can check out right here to learn all about how the guitarist convinced Jones to take the job.