Roger Daltrey maintains that his legendary public feuds with Who co-founder Pete Townshend have been greatly exaggerated. Daltrey, who recently released his 10th solo album, As Long As I Have You, is currently on the road performing Tommy in its entirety with the majority of the Who's touring band and local symphonies. He spoke about his relationship with Townshend to Philly.com, explaining, "What you have to realize is that a lot of interviews are done to give you guys a sound bite. It’s rock wrestling. You say a lot of things to fire things up. I’ve always been pro band. I’ve always been a team player. I recognize how lucky we were to have found each other, and found the chemistry to become what we became as a band."

Daltrey added: "The thing that’s important about Pete and our relationship more than anything else is that we were always totally honest with each other. He would call me out and tell me like it was, and I would do the same for him. And with him it’s so important because he could have died of 'sycophantitis' through the '70s, '80s and early-'90s. And that can kill an artist. If I didn’t like it, I’d tell him. Maybe I was right, maybe I was wrong. But it would make him think."

Daltrey touched upon the main source of material on the new solo set, As Long As I Have You, saying, "This is the music that the Who were playing before Pete started writing songs. And that’s why I wanted to do it. To sing those songs now. With the life experience I’ve had, they’ve got a very, very different thing going on. You can hear that direction in our first album, in the James Brown songs we were doing. I was singing all the notes then, but of course I hadn’t had the life experience, so it was more like being a mimic than the real deal. Now it’s for real."

Roger Daltrey has made no bones about the fact that he's kept up a busy solo career over the past decade for the sole purpose of serving the Who for future live dates and recordings. We asked Daltrey to lay out how he and Pete Townshend plot their future projects: "Well, y'know, he writes and then we decide. One of the reasons I'm doing this is so that if he ever does write anything significant or anything that he needs me to sing I've got a voice to do it. I've dedicated my life to being the voice of his music. I'm happy with that position. I feel I've done a good job for him."

AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON BEING THE VOICE FOR PETE TOWNSHEND