The Who’s Roger Daltrey: ‘I’m Some Old Fart Of A Rock Singer’
In a recent conversation with the Metro, Roger Daltrey from The Who referred to himself as an aging rock vocalist.
Since 2000, Daltrey has been the musical curator for the Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual charity concerts. However, the upcoming series of performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall this Spring will mark his final involvement with the charity.
Two Decades Of Music And Compassion
The singer looked back on his 24-year tenure with the Trust, talked about the challenges he faced, and the connections he made through the charity. He then remarked:
“I’m some old fart of a rock singer, and this has given me a purpose. I’m not very good at doing nothing and I’m looking towards the end of a singing career. So this has been something I’m so proud of.”
Daltrey’s Direct Approach To Engaging Stars
His approach to recruiting artists for the cause was direct and often personal. The rocker joked about his persistence, explaining:
“When I see someone famous, I go straight over and ask them to play a gig – and I’m sure they’ll see me now and run away! But not one of the bands has ever come off the stage without saying, ‘What a fantastic experience.'”
The Musician’s Legacy In Teenage Cancer Support
It has been just a few days since Daltrey announced that he is leaving his role as the organizer of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts after 24 years. The singer has helped raise over £32 million since the concerts began in 2000. Roger talked about how this money was used in a statement, saying:
“The £32m raised from these concerts has been the foundation for the 28 specialized units within the NHS, as well as specialist nurses and youth workers to be there for a young person when cancer has turned their world upside down.”
This year’s concerts will feature The Who, Robert Plant with Saving Grace, Eddie Vedder, Noel Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers, and others at the Royal Albert Hall in London this spring. Starting in 2025, different guest curators will oversee the concerts. Daltrey will remain as an Honorary Patron for the Teenage Cancer Trust.