Roger Daltrey ‘Angry’ About Bonus Tracks on New Who Album
Roger Daltrey said the presence of four bonus tracks on the Who's new album Who was an “absolute joke” and added that it made him “quite angry.”
He previously said the LP was their best work since 1973’s Quadrophenia, but argued in a new interview that the addition of demo recordings "This Gun Will Misfire” and “Danny & His Ponies” along with the unused ‘60s songs “Sand” and “Got Nothing to Prove” detracted from the overall effect.
“This bonus-track shit, I don’t get it,” Daltrey told Billboard. “To me, it just makes a perfect album imperfect. Putting demos on a finished record is an absolute joke. It’s not the Who. They’re just abusing our name, putting on what are not Who songs on a Who fucking record, and I don’t get it. I get quite angry about it to be honest.”
The singer recently revealed that bandmate and songwriter Pete Townshend originally included a rap section on the song “All This Music Must Fade.” In the new interview he offered more detail on how the discussion played out. “I ain’t going there,” Daltrey said. “I love people that do that. It’s incredibly clever … but if I did it, it would be laughable. I could probably do it, but it would be pastiche. I had to convince him to cut it out. I said, ‘You’re welcome to leave it in if you do the rap.’ Obviously he didn’t feel comfortable doing it either.”
The Who’s current live schedule ends after six shows in Las Vegas in May next year. Asked what the band planned to do next, Daltrey said, “We're obviously coming to the twilight of our live career. It's always very difficult getting us to do anything. Pete's on different projects and everything else. I just want to get this tour done as well, as we've done the  leg. I'd like this leg to be even better, and let's see where we are once we've done that.”