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Led Zeppelin branded as ‘hollow’ by Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards

October 12, 2015

Keith Richards -2012-12-13_2 Photo by SolarScottThe Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has laid into fellow Sixties bands Led Zeppelin and The Who during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

The 71-year-old Stones legend reportedly described Led Zeppelin as “hollow” and said The Who were a “crazy” band and their frontman Roger Daltrey was “all flash”.

Richards revealed he has never been a fan of Led Zeppelin and while he thinks Jimmy Page is a great guitarist he doesn’t like him when he’s performing with the other members of the band.

“I love Jimmy Page,” he told Rolling Stone magazine, “but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler … Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?”

Meanwhile, Richards also wrote off The Who. “I always thought Roger Daltrey was all flash,” he told Rolling Stone in the same interview. “I love Pete Townshend, but I always thought the Who were a crazy band anyway. You would say to Keith Moon, if you were in a session with him, ‘Just give me a swing,’ and he couldn’t … He was an incredible drummer, but only with Pete Townshend.”

Rolling Stone magazine has credited Keith Richards as the creator of “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranks him fourth on its list of 100 Best Guitarists. Jimmy Page is ranked third …

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The Who’s Pete Townshend to publish memoir ‘Who I Am’ in October

May 9, 2012

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The Who’s Pete Townshend is set to release his long awaited autobiography, titled Who I Am – A Memoir, in both hardcover and eBook form on October 11 2012.

  According to publisher HarperCollins, the book will reveal Townshend’s “most intimate memories”.

  “This book is not a vanity for me,” says Townshend. “It’s an essential rite of passage.”

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The Who’s Pete Townshend working on Quadrophenia tour and remastered ‘Director’s Cut’ box-set

August 3, 2011

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Pete Townshend is working on a “definitive” re-mastered box set of The Who’s 1973 double album Quadrophenia.

He also hints that The Who may mount a 2012 tour based on the classic album. The last Quadrophenia tour took place between 1996 and 1997.

The new deluxe box set – titled Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut –  will be released on 14 November 2011. It will include surround-sound mixes of selected tracks, newly restored demos of songs that didn’t make it onto the original album, a deluxe hardback book, and other exclusive material.

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Roger Daltrey takes The Who rock opera ‘Tommy’ on tour

July 10, 2011

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Roger Daltrey is taking The Who’s legendary rock opera Tommy on the road for a three-week UK tour in July 2011.

   The last time The Who performed Tommy live on tour was in 1989, although the band didn’t play the complete double album. Daltrey, though, will perform the album from start to finish.

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The Who’s Keith Moon biopic delayed

May 2, 2011

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey has confirmed that a film about the late Keith Moon has been delayed because of problems with the script.

Daltrey has spent years working on the film which was due to be released in 2012 under the title: See Me Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked For Your Pleasure. But he now admits the project is in trouble because he can’t find a script that manages to capture the essence of the hell-raising drummer who died in 1978.

Austin Powers star Mike Myers had been tipped to take the title role. 

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey in danger of permanently losing voice

February 3, 2011

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey says he is treasuring every minute he can sing because he has been warned he could lose his voice “at any time”.

  The 66-year-old singer underwent surgery to remove a pre-cancerous growth from his throat in December 2009, and he has been working with a throat specialist in the United States to help save his vocal cords.

  Daltrey hopes he will be able to keep singing for many more years, but he has been told his voice could suddenly disappear without warning.

  He first became aware of a problem with his voice shortly after finishing a 30-date tour two years ago. “My voice wasn’t behaving in the normal way,” he told CBS television. “It was becoming hard work to sing.

  “I got depressed after the operation, during what I call the Big Silence,” he said. “That’s when I realised what it would be like to not have a voice.”

  Daltrey revealed he still has to have his throat checked regularly. “It could go bang at any time,” he said. “The time-bomb’s ticking away. But what do you do? I just enjoy every minute I have.”

  At the same time, Pete Townshend’s hearing problems are also threatening The Who’s future.

  After decades of playing and listening to loud music, Townshend suffers from both tinnitus and partial deafness. Last year, the 65-year-old guitarist had to endure a severe recurrence of tinnitus which forced The Who to cancel a number of shows.

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey slams growing ageism in the UK

August 23, 2008

 

The Who’s Roger Daltrey – who famously sang “I hope I die before I get old” in the 1965 hit ‘My Generation’ – promises to lead his generation of over-60s in the war on ageism in the UK.

 

The veteran rocker will reach the UK’s official retirement age of 65 next March. But seeing elderly people being forced into retirement before they’ve had the chance to pass on their life skills makes him furious, he says.

 

“It’s criminal that people are being retired before they are ready to go,” said Daltrey. “Many have so much to give but they never get the chance.”

 

Daltrey has also been working with other British performers to persuade the UK government to extend the protection of copyright in sound recordings beyond the current 50 years to 95 years. Many veteran ‘non-superstar’ artists, session musicians and singers rely on this income. Daltrey blames the government’s reluctance on “elitist ageists”.

 

“Most musicians receive small amounts of performance royalties and this in later life can make the difference between independence and relying on the State,” he said.


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