Good Roger/Bad Roger, Fountain of Youth, Long Live The Who

Tom Fency tomfency at
Sun Aug 8 11:35:21 CDT 2004

But I think there is a thing named loyalty that explains much of why Pete is 
still under "The Who" thing these days. It is because Roger has asked Pete 
for that. Almost begging. And so John, near death and full of debts. Pete 
was forced to join the band, but now he likes anyway. Fuck the coherence. 
Fuck the legacy. They're his friends and the band is theirs.
Pete was content solo, he had his public and he was happy, in his way. Less 
profitable, we guess, but happy anyway. But then "The Who" came in like a 
thunder, and the "magic bus" is on the road again. For good and for bad.



>From: "Jim M" <NakedI at>
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>Subject: Good Roger/Bad Roger, Fountain of Youth, Long Live The Who
>Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2004 22:51:59 -0400
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Schrade"
> > But I admire Daltrey for his *own* adjusting, & the re-phrasing he 
> > in to make up for his diminishing range.  Ironically, those vocal
> > freshen up the songs.  And most importantly, he doesn't overdo it.
>You're right about that.  I found myself singing along to something 
>(I think it was Bargain, but I'm not sure) and I realized I was singing the
>"new" version that Roger sings now, and it's very different from the album
>version.  You could get all worked up over it, but I agree with's
>Now I've got the BBC stream from Cardiff playing and it sounds like Roger
>was on very good form that night.  It's late in the show (MG/ORW) and he
>still sounds great.  Best I've heard from this year's shows, actually.
>That's just how it is, I guess.  I mean, the guy's 60 years old, it's
>amazing he can *ever* sing this stuff, let alone every time.  Oh, and I was
>looking at some of those diary photo's the other day and it finally hit me
>how amazing it is to see Pete jumping around at that age.  Try to picture
>any 60 year old you know doing it!
>I appreciate the arguments being made for diminishing the legacy by
>continuing to use the name The Who.  But, I do believe that is the price
>that we pay to continue to see them play at all.  They would never go out
>under a different name and play to half as many people, who paid half as
>much to get in.  It just wouldn't be worth it to them, well not Pete,
>anyway.  You *might* get the occaisonal Pete show.  But, like I've said
>before, I still like seeing Pete and Roger play together and I just don't
>see that ever happening under any other name.
>Jim M
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