Roger: “People calling me ‘Tommy’ got on my tits”

Rolling Stone heeft een interview met Roger n.a.v. de release van de Super Deluxe Edition van “Tommy”.

Roger vertelt o.a. over de concerten tijdens welke “Tommy” integraal werd gespeeld. “What was extraordinary was we’d play the first bit and the audience would be a rock audience. But once we started playing Tommy, the audience would sit down. [Laughs] And when that first happened, we thought, “Oh shit!”  It made you dig deeper as a performer, the fact they were sitting down. You had to dig deeper to get them up again. The whole thing had a very strange chemistry, but it just worked“.

Hij meldt tevens dat er nog er “hundreds and hundreds of live shows”  op de plank liggen. “But sadly, they’re only recorded on two tracks, straight off the deck. There’s not really much you can do with them in the mixing area. But it’s a good record of the work we were doing.

Over het touren de laatste jaren: “We had to find a new way of working, because the volume was bringing Pete to his knees. His hearing was going, as indeed mine is now. I went out with my own band and initially I did it the same way that The Who always did it, with monitors and doctors and all that stuff. Then I suddenly thought, “This is madness. I can’t go on. This is a dead end. We can’t go any further with this.” Fortunately, we found a way to deal with it. I started to wear the in-ear monitors, which cuts the stage volume way down. (….)  That made a huge difference to me as a singer. And it saved The Who. Well, it kept Pete and I together for the Quadrophenia tour. He could never have done it otherwise. None of us could.”

Ook Teenage Cancer Trust en de Amerikaanse tak Teen Cancer America komt ter sprake. “The system you had over here – at least before Teen Cancer America came on the scene – was grouping people together from thirteen to thirty-nine. I don’t know what a thirteen year-old has in common with a thirty-nine year old apart from the fact they both breathe. It’s a totally different period of your life. It’s a shame that the medical profession doesn’t realize that being comfortable psychologically by being with your own age group has an enormous effect on how people survive treatment.

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