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Smoke bombs, equipment destruction and three bandmates who all want to be lead players simultaneously - it takes a big set of lungs to go up against such mayhem. It takes a rock star. Luckily for The Who, Roger Daltrey was - and still is - a rock star.
The world first came to know Daltrey in 1965 for stuttering his way through Pete Townshend’s timeless love letter to rock ’n’ roll rebellion, My Generation. But Daltrey was no novelty act and quickly developed into an extremely versatile and expressive singer, capable of handling rock opera (See Me, Feel Me from Tommy, 1969) and, well, rock opera (Love Reign O’er Me from Quadrophenia, 1973).
A dynamic stage performer who turned mic swinging into an art form, he helped to make 1970’s Live At Leeds a stone cold classic of its kind.
"Of all time, Roger Daltrey. Of today, Jack White. It's got to be one of the two, they both sing with great passion and emotion and there's nobody around who can replicate them." (From Lewis via Facebook, thanks)
"There are so many greats. Going back you got the obvious ones like Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, John Lennon. Move forward a little you got Paul Rodgers, Diamond David Lee Roth, Steve Perry, David Coverdale. Today I'm into guys like Mikael Åkerfeldt (totally amazing to see live), Steven Wilson (from Porcupine Tree also amazing everytime), James LaBrie (Dream Theater, love'em or hate'em), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, one of the most powerful voices ever). Take your pick they are all outstanding." (From trendkill2, thanks)
"Roger Daltrey." (From Roberto, Jean-Noël, Lenny and Steven via Facebook, thanks)