Roger: "Bono is belastingontduiker"

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Gisteren berichtte het weblog al over de opmerking van Roger over U2 in de Daily Star. Hij noemde zanger Bono een belastingontduiker, en voegde toe: "I find it very interesting that people who spout socialism donxe2x80x99t want to pay for a socialist state"

NME en Nu.nl pakken de aanval op U2 op.

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Roger doet country setje op cruiseschip

Afgelopen vrijdag heeft Roger aan boord van het cruiseschip Queen Mary 2 een aantal nummers gespeeld. Dat meldt CMT News. Roger was aanwezig op uitnodiging van Squeeze-lid Chris Difford. Die gaf daar een workshop over liedjes schrijven.

Nadat Roger wat vragen uit het publiek had beantwoord, speelde hij een aantal nummers met zijn band. Het waren vooral countrynummers, zoals Goodnight Irene ("This one's for my mum, because it was my mum's name"), I Got Stripes, Folsom Prison Blues, There You Go, Train Of Love en Ring Of Fire. Het optreden werd bexc3xabindigd met enkele Who-nummers, namelijk Two Thousand Years, Who Are You en Real Good Looking Boy.

Interview met Roger

Daily Record heeft een interview geplaatst met Roger over de Tommy-tour.

"It's good to revisit Tommy. It allowed us to do it the way we recorded it rather than the way we played it live. We haven't done it since 1989 and even then it was with guest artists playing different parts. I used to hate that. It just doesn't work. I was nervous. I only had two weeks' rehearsals. You can see the terror in my face when you watch the video. I'm very happy to sing The Who's songs and lucky to be the guy who gave them a voice. I think I did a fairly good job of it. It doesn't get better than that. But after singing Pete's lyrics, I do find a lot of other music a little bit shallow", aldus Roger.

Roger met "Tommy" op tour door UK

Zoals eigenlijk ook wel verwacht gaat Roger met Tommy op tour door Engeland. Dat meldt o.a. Gigwise. De tourdata werden vandaag bekend gemaakt op de officixc3xable site:

3-Jul ALCESTER RAGLEY HALL
4-Jul GATESHEAD SAGE
6-Jul GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM
7-Jul MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
9-Jul NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CENTRE
10-Jul NEWPORT CENTRE
12-Jul BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
13-Jul SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILLION
15-Jul GUILDFORD GUILFEST  (artikel)
16-Jul HAMPSHIRE BROADLANDS (artikel)
17-Jul HARROGATE RIPLEY HOUSE
19-Jul HULL CITY HALL
21-Jul LONDON INDIGO 02
22-Jul NORWICH BLICKLING HALL (artikel)
24-Jul EXETER POWDERHAM CASTLE

"Great to see Roger performing Tommy with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit and Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs", aldus Pete.

Liam: "Roger is a sweetheart, too"

LGRD In februari sprak Roger lovende woorden over Beady Eye-zanger Liam Gallagher: "I've always found him an absolute sweetheart. Listen, after Keith Moon everybody's easy".

Liam heeft hier blijkbaar lucht van gekregen, want The Mirror tekent op uit zijn mond: "Me and Rog go way back, hexe2x80x99s a sweetheart too. Wexe2x80x99re just two little sweethearts lost in this world of straights".

Best Lead Singers: Roger op #6

Rolling Stone heeft afgelopen week onder zijn lezers een poll gehouden voor de Best Lead Singer. Roger kwam op nummer 6.

"All-star benefit concerts are good for producing lots of money and surprising duets, but they rarely lead to jaw-dropping musical moments. The Concert for New York City in 2001 was the exception. Many had written the Who off as a washed-up oldies act at that point, but their four song set was beyond stunning. They completely stole the show from heavyweights like David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and many more. Roger Daltrey was 57 at the time, but his vocals were nearly as song as they had been for the previous 40 years as the frontman in the Who. His contributions are often overshadowed by the fact that he had to share the stage with some of the most freakishly talented musicians in rock history, but his primal scream at the finale of "Won't Get Fooled Again" couldn't have been delivered by anybody else."

Hoger in de ranglijst stonden o.a. Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury en Jim Morrison.

Independent: "Faithful reading of 'Tommy'"

The Independent besteedt vandaag aandacht aan de uitvoering van Tommy. Ze geven drie van de vijf sterren. De schrijver van het artikel heeft zijn vraagtekens bij het nummer Fiddle About, tijdens een optreden ten bate van tieners.

"The Who singer and his American band give the piece a faithful reading, with Pete Townshend guesting to thunderous acclaim on "The Acid Queen", the composer's voice less reedy and more powerfully gravelly than it has often seemed. (…) Daltrey's voice is in good shape, and his trademark mike-whirling gets increasingly ambitious as the evening enters post-Tommy party mood with its rare outing of "Pictures of Lily" and a return to the stage for Townshend on "Baba O'Riley"."

Concluderend: "One is left with a pleasant feeling of skew-symmetry: although Tommy long ago lost any cultural relevance it may have for teenagers, tonight, at least, it had a profound pertinence to one particular group of them. And that rocks".