The Who are gearing up to play a pair of special acoustic shows this week in London. The group will perform on Wednesday and Thursday (February 12th and 14th) at Pryzm in Kingston-Upon-Thames, England. The Thursday night show falls on the 50th anniversary of the Who's legendary Leeds University gig, which spawned the groundbreaking 1970 Live At Leeds album.
Roger Daltrey spoke to Goldmine and revealed that even today — singing Pete Townshend's songs is no easy assignment, admitting, “There’s no Who song that’s easy. There is no such thing as an easy Who song to sing; okay, maybe 'Squeeze Box' (laughs). We’ve done some concerts where people come up and sing Who songs when we’re celebrating the music of the Who and they always come up afterwards and say to me, 'How the f*** do you do this for two hours?' (Laughs) They can’t believe how difficult the songs are to sing because they’re all lyrics and there’s very few solos. If there were 10 minute solos I wouldn’t know what to do, I would have been bored with it.”
Fans and critics alike have been commenting on how over the past couple of years Daltrey's vocal chops seem to sound better than they did 20 years ago: “I’m singing for my life 'cause I know I don’t have long. I’m running out of years 'cause I can’t live forever. I just give it everything I’ve got. Basically, that’s it. I’ve been very lucky to find a voice doctor to sort out a pre-cancerous thing that I’ve got and he takes care of me in a way that I couldn’t ever have imagined could have happened to me.”