“There’s no record industry anymore.”—Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey sounds ridiculous in this interview with Rolling Stone:

Would you ever make another Who record?
We’ve talked about it, but it’s not going to be easy. There’s no record industry anymore. Why would I make a record? I would have to pay to make a record. There’s no royalties so I can’t see that ever happening. There’s no record business. How do you get the money to make the records? I don’t know. I’m certainly not going to pay money to give my music away free. I can’t afford to do that. I’ve got other things I could waste the money on.

Well, the music industry is constantly changing.
Well, it’s been stolen. The way the Internet has come about has been the biggest robbery in history, like musicians should work for nothing.

Artists get paid for streaming, but not like they did for albums.
You’re joking. You get paid for streaming, my ass. There’s no control. Musicians are getting robbed every day. And now it’s creeping into film and television, everything now. You notice, the Internet is a slowly but surely destructive thing in all ways. I don’t think it’s improved people’s lives. It’s just made them do more work and feel like they’re wanted a bit more, but it’s all bollocks. They feel like they’re wanted because they got 50,000 Facebook likes or whatever, and it’s all bollocks. It’s all rubbish [laughs]. Look up for a while. Live in the real world.

This is ridiculous because The Who seems to have released more compilations of their music than actual studio albums. They’ve milked the industry for every last dime of royalties from Who fans. And somehow he can’t afford to fund his own album? What a laugh.

Hey Roger, here’s how it works in the new Internet music economy: you do the album as a loss leader, and then make your money off touring in support of the album.

But then again, I guess The Who has never gotten rich off of touring, have they? Haha, I kid, of course.

Maybe Roger can fund the next Who album out of all the money The Who made off their “reunion” tours of the past 30 years.

Also, he’s so unoriginal here. It’s hilarious how he’s just repeating things he heard other people say. Well, they may have a right to complain, but The Who is nothing but lucky. Roger, you are one of the few who’ve got nothing to complain about. Stop complaining and be lucky:

4 thoughts on ““There’s no record industry anymore.”—Roger Daltrey

  1. Perhaps younger bands are struggling because heritage bed-blockers like The Who are hoovering up too much of the audiences available cash?

    I see too many has-beens or never-weres moaning about “The Internet” and never stopping to wonder if the reason nobody is buying their music might be because it just isn’t good enough.

    You have no automatic right to make a living from music regardless of the quality. Rock’s history is filled with bands who never made it, or bands who ended up penniless because the money from their hits ended up in the pockets of somebody else. All that happened before there was an internet.

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  2. In addition……………..WHO (pun of course<<<) would PAY for a VERY Aged singer's voice,TRYING to sing "Rock" like he was in his 20's and 30's anymore!?!? Just sayin………..

    Nice Post Time Lord!!! 🙂

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  3. cailynlloyd

    The Who are nothing but lucky? Are you referring to their success? Roger Daltrey may be lucky in that he connected with the immensely talented Pete Townshend but there is nothing lucky about their success. Talent, perseverence, hard work all came well ahead of luck in their case. Several of their albums are absolute rock icons. Quadrophenia is number 1 or 2 on my desert island disks. As to his bitching, he’s entitled to an opinion. As to the compilations, I’m not entirely sure but those usually arise from the record company’s desire to make more money — I admit I could be wrong here.



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