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Solo Tours Keep The Who's Roger Daltrey In Shape

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Roger Daltrey says going out on his own is simply "nice to do something that isn't quite so much pressure as" his normal position fronting The Who.

"Who tours can be quite grueling," explains Daltrey, 66, who co-founded that group in 1964 and continues to front it in partnership with guitarist and composer Pete Townshend. "It's four on the floor all the way, and that's not easy every night. It's nice to just get out there and do things that aren't the Who and do some of the things the Who does in different ways. I just want to have a lot of fun."

Daltrey still expects to work with Townshend on Who projects in the future. Though guitarist Pete Townshend is still battling the hearing disorder Tinnitus, which the group is dealing with by exploring various "technical" solutions, Daltrey is confident we haven't seen the last of the band, which performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLIV in February and on March 30 in London. "We're looking at probably being out there, hopefully if all goes well in the spring of next year with a new show," he says.

That may be "Floss," the new musical piece Townshend is working on for both the theater stage and for The Who, while Daltrey says the duo is also "toying" with the idea of staging its rock opera "Quadrophenia."

"We feel it's the role of the artist to go all the way through a life 'til you can't do it anymore -- that's when you stop," Daltrey explains. "We definitely don't want to stop."

Nor is Daltrey expecting to return to the solo ranks any time soon, either -- at least not when it comes to recording.

"No, not really," he says. "I'm always looking for songs that really inspire me, but to be honest with you a lot of the music I hear lately doesn't do it for me.

"I keep going backwards on music. I keep going back to the old stuff, and to me it sounds fresher and better than a lot of the new stuff I hear. And if it looks like the Who might be making an album, what's the point in doing anything else, you know?"

Roger Daltrey performs with Eric Clapton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (July 3) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $175 and $85 pavilion, $30 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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