Roger Daltrey - country music fan?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
– Roger Daltrey is into Johnny Cash and country music? Who'd a thunk it?
But that was what the lead singer of The Who made clear during his solo tour stop in Boston Sunday.
Daltrey said he had been asked what the most memorable show was by The Who. He said it was really impossible to select between Woodstock, the Boston Tea Party and the Isle of Wight among many other gigs he cited.
But then he said it became clear to him within recent days after he played an Oct. 30 show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry. Daltrey said that was where Hank Williams and Elvis Presley played, increasing its significance. "That's the best bloody place for a musician to play in the whole ------ world," he said. With that, Daltrey launched into Hank Williams Was Dying, a song penned by the late Tim Hardin. "I hadn't sang it in years," Daltrey said.
Later in the show, Daltrey played a medley of Cash songs, including Folsom Prison Blues and Ring of Fire.
Finally, he told the crowd to get into music "find some Johnny Cash songs, sing whatever you like, and your life will be all the better."
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