The Who’s Roger Daltrey discusses Keith Moon, Woodstock and the importance of “Behind Blue Eyes” in a discussion with Dan Rather on AXS TV’s “The Big Interview” airing tonight (Sept. 23) at 8 p.m. ET.
The iconic frontman says that he regrets not being able to save Moon, who died on Sept. 7 of 1978 of a overdose of heminevrin, a drug prescribed to combat alcoholism. He was only 32.
“But then, there’s something in the back of my head that tells me, Keith never would have made an old man,” Daltrey says. “He wouldn’t have wanted to be an old man. He wanted to be the world’s greatest rock drummer, and he died being that.”
Daltrey says he likes the group’s entire canon. “The truth is I like it all. What’s so great about our albums, they’re all particular times in our life… what we going through at the time is very much reflected in the music. They’re all different colors and different sentiments. But if I had to choose one song, it would be ‘Behind Blue Eyes.’ And because I just remember the day. It was the day my dog got killed. I was very, very upset, to say the least. And it comes out. You can hear it in the vocal.”
Shot in the Gibson Guitar Center in New York, Daltrey talks about his work with teens who have cancer. Teen singer Cody Simpson joins Daltrey during the interview to talk about his role in Teen Cancer America.