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The Who’s Roger Daltrey Is “F*cking Sick” of Fans Looking Up Setlists Before Concerts

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According to The Who’s Roger Daltrey, the internet has officially ruined concerts. In a recent Billboard interview, the rockstar voiced his agitation with fans looking up setlists before concerts, saying that he’s “fucking sick of it.”

“I’m not gonna talk about songs,” Daltrey said. “Too many people reveal songs. There’s no surprises left with concerts these days, ’cause everybody wants to see the setlist. I’m fucking sick of it. The internet’s ruined the live shows for me. Who wants to know what’s coming next? People forget about surprises. I can’t stand it.”

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After the interviewer suggested that perhaps fans find it useful for picking a time to hit the bathroom, Daltrey quipped back with a laugh. “Why not just start to listen to the bloody show in the toilet, then?” he said.

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It’s not the first time the frontman has voiced his displeasure with the current state of live music. Last year, Daltrey said it was “very doubtful” that The Who would tour in the United States again due to the financial risk.

Despite this, Daltrey announced a North American solo tour for 2024, which will find the musician performing “a mostly acoustic set of Who gems, rarities, solo nuggets, and other surprises.” Get tickets to the trek here.

While he didn’t want to give away the setlist to the upcoming shows, Daltrey did reveal that “Won’t Get Fooled Again” will make the cut. However, he won’t be doing the song’s iconic scream: “I’ve done that scream for 55 years, and I’ve had enough of it. I don’t even want to try it now; it’s brutal on the vocal cords.”

As far as maintaining the element of surprise for his shows, might we suggest shaking up the setlist from night to night? Or, you know, letting fans choose how they want to experience the concert on their own.

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