Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were on hand yesterday (November 19th) in London at Camden's Music Walk as the Who became the first artists to receive a "paving stone" on the new Music Walk Of Fame -- which is similar to our stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Reuters reported, "The Music Walk of Fame will honor artists and others working in the industry in a series of unveilings between the Roundhouse and the Koko performance venues in the North London district that is popular with musicians."

The Who had said in a prepared statement: "Camden has always been vital to London's thriving music scene and is, as we all know, a world-renowned hub for the arts. As Londoners, it's very surreal to be immortalized in stone on Camden High Street, and it's quite something to know that people can pop by and see us anytime, albeit virtually."

Pete Townshend told the crowd: "This will be great for Camden. It'll be great for London. It'll be great for the neighborhood and it will be great for our business, one of the biggest exports that we have in the U.K. We've all contributed. We're all still contributing and we will go on contributing."

Roger Daltrey revealed he's about to once again go under the knife for vocal surgery, explaining, "I can't do much talking, I'm off for a voice op on Friday but just to say it's great, it's a shame it's not in the Goldhawk Road (the Who's early local venue) but it's great that it's in Camden because Camden's roots with the music business go way back."

Daltrey told us that the Who growing up in the shadow and rubble of bomb cratered England after World War II essentially made them into the band they became: "It gave us incredible opportunities because it was a blank canvas to paint on. Y'know, a lot of people have said to me, 'And you were all very poor' -- and I say, 'No, actually, we weren't very poor, we were incredibly wealthy! We didn't have much money, but that's got (laughs) nothing to do with. . . ' Y'know, everybody just equates that with poverty now. The community becomes stronger through the war and imagination, and there's something about need and not easy accessible excess (laughs) -- which is what we're in today -- (that) makes you very creative. And that's what we did."

Pete Townshend says that through the years -- even during his more ambitious pieces such as Lifehouse, which became Who's Next -- he's never lost sight of his initial audience of suburban London teens: "I'm always writing for the first commission I've ever had, the Shepherds Bush Who fan who was so delighted when I wrote '(I) Can't Explain,' and 'My Generation.' And I've been fairly faithful to that all the way along. So I tend to write songs for where those people are at today. Y'know, they're older, they're my age, they're married, divorced, some of them are dead. I'm still writing for them and for their relationships and about their lives."

The Who will release its 12th studio album, titled, WHO, on December 6th.

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