Roger Daltrey is staking a stand against the for-profit autograph hounds who sell the merch he's signed online. A message was posted on Daltrey's official Facebook page, which reads:
In future Roger will not be signing autographs for the legions of people who turn up at airports and hotels with armfuls of albums and memorabilia, most of which will end up being sold on eBay.
(Daltrey) comments, “In Chicago I did a limited signing of memorabilia for Teen Cancer America and this raised $10,000 for the foundation. A much more worthy use of my autograph. Of course, for real fans who are at shows and other events, I'm more than happy to oblige.”
The Who wraps its spring North American leg tonight (May 30th) at Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena. The band only has one show booked over the summer, when they'll play Wembley Stadium on July 6th, with support from Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs.
The Who kicks off its fall North American leg on September 3rd at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena.
Although Roger Daltrey doesn't ignore the milestone of the Who inching past the half-century mark, he recognizes that the band remains very much a part of the now — both in terms of the business and a still growing legion of fans: “Well it's nice to have survived, because we did lose a lot of friends on the way. It is extraordinary — and (to) still able to be able to draw an audience that in some ways is, y'know — to what young bands kind of draw — is enormous; thanks to things, like CSI and our songs being on there and other bands picking up Who music and saying that it influenced them. Their fans come and see us and they say: 'Woo, this is something different.' I mean, and it's true, Who music is very different from most rock n' roll that's out there.”