Roger Daltrey revealed that he hasn't been in contact with fellow Who bandmate Pete Townshend in a year. Daltrey has been riding high on the success of his recent autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story and his latest solo album As Long As I Have You. He told Britain's The Mirror how he and Townshend planned out this past year, explaining, "He wanted a year off, so I haven’t spoken to him for a year. That is how we are. He needs that time away. . . Look, I’m 75 next year -- I can still sing the s*** out of this stuff and Pete can still play it. I don’t think you ever retire from this business. I think it retires you when you are a band like the Who, because our music has to have an energy within it."

Daltrey went on to say that he knows that it's for everyone's benefit to give Townshend the space he needs, recalling how the band first went their separate ways in 1982: "I knew what a state Pete was in. He had quite a run-in with heavy drugs, a lot to do with pressure that the band wasn’t quite gelling and he was having trouble songwriting. He needed a break. If we had carried on it would have killed him. And there was no way I was going to let that happen."

Roger Daltrey spoke frankly about what sets the Who apart from their most obvious peers: "We are a rock band, we are not a good-time rock n' roll band like Rod Stewart, the Faces, (or the) Rolling Stones. It is not music to f*** to. Ours is music to fight to and if it ever loses that fighting edge -- which still exists between Pete and I -- then I will stop. Because then I will be cheating my audience."

A while back, Pete Townshend admitted to us that the deaths of Keith Moon and John Entwistle ultimately made his and Roger Daltrey's relationship stronger and more meaningful on both a creative and personal level: "I think being stratified to some extent by losing Keith Moon and losing John Entwistle, relatively recently in John's case -- we have each other. And we're supported by great musicians and we're very, very lucky. We go back to school together. So, it's great to still have that friendship and that relationship. Y'know, I don't know that I know anybody that well from those days. But when you're 60 and you have friends that go back 45 years, that's very cool."

AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON SHARING THE LOAD WITH PETE TOWNSHEND
AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON FIVE DECADE RELATIONSHIP WITH ROGER DALTREY