Roger Daltrey revealed that he and Pete Townshend are considering playing clubs, should the big business of arena tours stay closed due to the pandemic. During a webcast interview on TheWho.com. Daltrey answered fan questions posed by his old friend, and the band's webmaster, famed artist Richard Evans and touched upon the four acoustic sets the Who played last February at Pryzm in Kingston upon Thames, England.
Daltrey explained that scaling back the band's show was a welcome change for him and Townshend -- who at that point were including a symphony orchestra in their tour dates: "We really enjoyed it -- believe it or not. We were kind of, very, very nervous about it. And, of course, I've done small shows with my band quite regularly for the last 10 years, so, I've been used to small places. So I was very. . . I was very relaxed about it -- Pete was very nervous about it. But, in the end, we had a great time. We really enjoyed it and yes, we had discussed, 'Well, if we can't go back to big shows -- maybe we'll do little ones?' (Laughs) It's just the two of us, (laughs) and we don't stand very close anyways (laughs)."
The intimacy of the crowd seems to have made Roger Daltrey nostalgic for the Who's pre-fame club dates: "Y'know, we really did have a great time. It's great to be able to tell stories and just talk to a crowd. The shows we do in these big arenas -- and the one we're doing now with the orchestra, and all that; they're really classy. It's classy music, but they do restrict you in so many ways, 'cause you're working with such a big crew. When you strip all of that away and it's just you and Pete -- you can just do what you like -- (laughs) and that's what we did."AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON THE ADVANTAGES OF SMALLER GIGS
AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON THE WHO PLAYING CLUB GIGS