On this tour, you're perfuming Tommy, and you mentioned that Pete Townshend was kicking around the idea of touring behind Quadrophenia next year. These are albums in the neighborhood of 40 years old. Can you pinpoint the moment when you realized that your audience was more interested in what you'd recorded in the past than what you were doing in the present and future?
Daltrey: I don't know that that's necessarily true [that] they're not interested in what we're doing for the future. We haven't got anything planned for the future. There's a whole new, young audience for Who music. It doesn't seem to have dated at all. There's a lot of music from that period that you put it on and it sounds very dated. There's something about Who music, and it sounds as up-to-date as ever.
But I don't know whether it's true that they're more interested in that. It's just that while we can do it, we have every right to do it. It's our music. We created it. We should be able to play it as long as we want to.
Absolutely. But is there a reason you've decided to revisit the older records rather than move forward?
Maybe because [Townshend] hasn't written anything. Everyone writes himself out in the end. There's something about our past that kind of points to the fact that every time we do tour, new music seems to come out of Pete Townshend.
Are you working on new music yourself, for the future?
I have ideas and I'm trying. I'll never be the quality of songwriter that Pete Townshend was. I'm aware of that. I'm very happy to have had my position as the singer of those songs. But I am working on ideas, and I've got a fabulous band of musicians. There are areas I do want to explore. But it's very interesting these days because there isn't a record industry anymore.