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January 2018

New music releases: "God's Plan" - Drake; "Fuck Love" - XXXTentacion and Trippie Redd; "The Middle" - Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey; "Tequila" - Dan + Shay

On the 4th, Roger sends a video announcing the start of the Global AYA Cancer Congress in Atlanta, Georgia.

On the 6th, Roger Klug, Chris Arduser, Bob Nyswonger and Greg Tudor perform the entirety of The Who Sell Out at The Pub at Rockwood Mews in Cincinnati in honor of the 50th anniversary of its release.

February 2018

New Music Releases: "Psycho" - Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign; "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai; "Friends" - Marshmello and Anne-Marie; "Love Lies" - Khalid and Normani

On the 8th, Roger calls in to Q104.3 to help announce Roger Daltrey Weekend and promote his upcoming show at Forest Hills Stadium.

On the 12th, Roger records a YouTube video supporting a man who is doing a charity walk through Italy to raise money for homeless charities.

March 2018

New Music Releases: "SAD!" - XXXTentacion; "Freaky Friday" - Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown; "Ric Flair Drip" - Offset and Metro Boomin; "Walk It Talk It" - Migos featuring Drake
Roger Daltrey Raise Your Voice 2018

On the 5th, Roger performs at Alice Tully Hall in New York as part of the Raise Your Voice Fifteenth Anniversary Gala. Sam Smith and Keith Urban also perform. Roger personally thanks Dr. Zeitels who restored his singing voice in 2009.

Roger Daltrey Oakland 2018

On the 7th, Roger begins a short solo tour performing Who hits, rarities and solo hits with two nights at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On the 13th, he is at The Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, California and at The Fox in Oakland, California on the 15th.

On the 11th, reports that Roger has a documentary titled Cancer Rebellion in post-production.

On the 15th, Roger premiers a new solo single, a cover of Garnet Mimms' "As Long as I Have You", on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 show.

On the 17th, Roger recieves a $1 million payday by performing for Dr. Craig Flashner's 60th birthday party in Westlake Village, an hour outside Los Angeles.

On the 22nd, Roger performs solo at the Royal Albert Hall as one night of the yearly Teenage Cancer Trust concerts.

Le Quadrophenia de Pete Townshend

On the 24th, the book Le Quadrophenia de Pete Townshend, is published in Spain. It is written by Javier Cosmen Concejo and has a forward by Peter 'Dougal' Butler.

On the 25th, Roger introduces Def Leppard at another night of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

April 2018

New Music Releases: ; "Nice for What" - Drake; "No Tears Left to Cry" - Ariana Grande; "Youngblood" - 5 Seconds of Summer; "All Girls Are the Same" - Juice Wrld

On the 13th, Roger joins Dwayne Johnson, Martin Freeman, and Naoimie Harris as guests on The Graham Norton Show. He is interviewed and then sings "As Long As I Have You".

On the 15th, Roger is interviewed by Sammy Hagar on AXS TV's Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar.

On the 17th, a video is posted of Pete rehearsing his performance in Rachel's stage adaptation, The Seeker.

The Who Live at Fillmore East 1968 LP

On the 20th, the fabled and much-bootlegged Live at The Fillmore East 1968 is finally officially released, taken from the multi-track tapes in The Who's vault. It peaks at #15 on the official U.K. album charts.

Also on the 20th, comes Pete's Who Came First 45th Anniversary Edition featuring eight previously unreleased tracks.

Roger Daltrey Stepanek Peacemaker Award
Photo: Shahar Azran

On the 27th, Roger receives the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, given for his charity work through the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. Joined by LL Cool J and Nile Rodgers with Chic, Roger performs "Who Are You" and "Behind Blue Eyes".

May 2018

New Music Releases: "Lucid Dreams" - Juice WRLD; "I Like It" - Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin; "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B; "Better Now" - Post Malone

On the 1st, Tarantula Serpent release a short instrumental called "I Know Pete Townshend" from their Luigi Airlines album.

On the 10th, Pete makes The Times' Rich List again, ranking #31 out of the richest 36 British musicians.

Roger Daltrey BBC Radio 2 May 2018

On the 11th, Roger previews a second song from his forthcomeing solo album As Long as I Have You, a cover of Stephen Stills' "How Far", on BBC Radio 2.

Starting this month through August, Pete begins assembling songs for a new Who album, some new and some "rescued from ancient history".

Roger Daltrey Daily Mail May 2018

On the 20th, Roger is interviewed in the Daily Mail, an interview about his solo album but with plenty of room to express his current political stances.

On the 25th, metal band SÜLFÜR ENSEMBLE release the song "Die Like John Entwistle" from their EP II (4 Songs About Religions, Hard Rock, Binding & John Entwistle)

Keith Moon Drawn and Recorded

On the 25th, the animated TV show Drawn & Recorded on the AT&T audience network includes a segment called "General Moon" about Keith Moon and his love for explosives.

Roger Daltrey The One Show May 2018
Photo: Simon James

On the 30th, Roger sings "How Far" on the BBC's The One Show.

Also on the 30th, reviews come out for Roger's soon-arriving solo album. Most of them are respectful but unenthusiastic.

On the 31st, Roger is interviewed in The Telegraph. It concerns his recent near-death experience with meningitis and his opinions on Brexit.

June 2018

New Music Releases: Scorpion - Drake; "Be Alright" - Dean Lewis; "Praise the Lord (Da Shine)" - A$ap Rocky; "Lose It" - Kane Brown
As Love As I Have You LP

On the 1st, Roger's first solo studio album in 26 years, As Long As I Have You, is released in the U.K. by Polydor. Solo has to be somewhat qualified as Pete plays guitar on seven of the tracks. The Times gives it four stars and Rolling Stone gives it three and a half saying, "Seventy-four-year-old Daltrey's voice is a little gruffer than it was when he was a young buck, but it's as strong and passionate as ever." In the U.K. it peaks at #8 while in the U.S. it only reaches #194.

Joe Pera Reads You the Church Announcements

On the 3rd, Adult Swim premiers the episode "Joe Pera Reads You the Church Announcements" from the series Joe Pera Talks with You. In the episode, Joe attempts to read the church announcements but cannot help gushing over a song he has just become aware of, "Baba O'Riley".

Roger Daltrey 2018 Tommy tour

On the 8th, Roger returns to the U.S. not to promote his new album, but rather to continue touring Tommy with symphony orchestras. This night has him return to a familiar location if not venue, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. After that he performs two nights at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia (10th and 12th), at the Houssevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood (15th), Forest Hills Stadium in Long Island (17th), The Mann Center in Philadelphia (19th), the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois (23rd and 25th), the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville (27th), and CMAC in Canandaigua, New York (30th).

On the 13th, Mike Love tells the press that at one point Keith Moon wrote the Beach Boys a letter. "He wrote us a letter saying he wanted to be our drummer, but unfortunately Dennis Wilson was our drummer. Dennis, Brian and Carl and Al wouldn't have allowed it."

On the 22nd, Roger takes a day off from his tour to present a check for nearly $500,000 to the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The donation came from The Who's charity Teen Cancer America. The hospital says they will use the money to do more cancer research for afflicted teens.

In other Roger Daltrey/Teen Cancer news, on the 25th, BBC2 TV runs the programme Teenagers v. Cancer: A User's Guide. One scene shows Roger performing a Johnny Cash song in a teenage cancer ward.

July 2018

New music releases: "In My Feelings" - Drake; "Eastside" - Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid; "Fefe" - 6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz; "Nonstop" - Drake
Roger Datlrey Detroit July 2018
Photo: Ken Settle

Roger's solo tour performing Tommy with local symphony orchestras continues on the 2nd with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio. This is followed by the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester, Michigan with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on the 5th and at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with the Cleveland Orchestra on the 8th.

During this series of performances, Roger visits a high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Finneytown, Ohio to visit their memorial to three Who fans, Stephan Preson, Jackie Eckerle and Karen Morrison who lost their lives at the Cincinnati concert disaster of 1979. Roger is told the visit is healing and cathartic and, in response, Roger says The Who will return to Cincinatti to perform.

Roger Daltrey private party July 2018

On the 12th, Roger performs at a private party in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey at the home of Steve and Lori Silverman.

August 2018

New music releases: "Sicko Mode" - Travis Scott featuring Drake; "Happier" - Marshmello featuring Bastille; "Moonlight" - XXXTentacion; "Sweet but Psycho" - Ava Max
Roger Daltrey Paso Robles 2018
Photo: Gary Lambert

On the 2nd, Roger and his solo band perform at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. His other public concerts this month are at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California (12th) and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California (18th).

On the 11th, Roger does a long interview with GQ magazine about Keith Moon and his attempt at making a film of his life: "I think he was possibly autistic, maybe even with a touch of Asperger’s. He had an incredible talent but was completely uncontrollable... finding that actor is not going to be easy because he’ll have to be one hell of an actor. When Keith died he was 32, but he looked 60. He really hammered it. When it came to hammering himself, he was a professional."

Join Together William Snyder book

On the 16th, photographer William Snyder publishes the book Join Together (With the Band), a collection of photos he took as the band's official photographer from 1980 through 2017.

Ed Sheeran Roger Daltrey Don McLean

On the 17th, Roger and his solo band provide the entertainment at a backyard concert in the Los Angeles area as a fundraiser for Teen Cancer America. Jewel, Don McLean, Van Morrison, Ben Vereen, and Ed Sheeran perform, director Judd Apatow is the Master of Ceremonies and Howie Mandel is the auctioneer. Tickets run from $4,000 to $100,000.

On the 28th, clothier Ben Sherman announces a collaboration with the Keith Moon estate, with a collection of seven shirt styles.

September 2018

New music releases: "Drip Too Hard" - Lil Baby and Gunna; "Shallow" - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; "Better" - Khalid; "Wake Up in the Sky" - Gucci Mane, Bruno Mars and Kodak Black
Roger Daltrey Royal Albert Hall plaque
Photo: Dominick Lipinski

On the 4th, Roger receives a plaque on the outside of the Royal Albert Hall honoring his commitment to holding the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts every year at the hall. The plaque comes 49 years after his group The Who were banned from the hall after a riotous double bill with Chuck Berry.

On the 5th, The Mirror reports that Roger is angry with Elton John because he cannot reach Elton to perform at his Teenage Cancer Trust concerts. "I have done his charity three times, it’s about time he did one for me. I can’t get through to him any other way, I have tried."

On the 10th, The Sun reports that Roger does not care for the singing style of most female singers. "The problem is a lot of the female singers are wearing these ear monitors, so they sing quiet, and that changes their voice. It goes up into the head and starts coming through the nose and they sound like Mickey Mouse. I find it soulless because it’s not come from the heart. Adele can sing, she’s got a very limited range, she’s a good singer." He does, however, like Ed Sheeran's singing: "He’s a fabulous guy. Everything you see is what he is. “He’s so talented. I’ve got so much admiration for him. His voice is so pure and powerful. He sings from the heart."

Harry Bliss cartoon
Harry Bliss cartoon for September 19.

Roger Daltrey BIMM graduates
Photo: Nic Serpell-Rand

On the 20th, Roger is in Brighton to hand out degrees to students of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM). He gives his outlook on their chances: "Young artists today can have hit records via digital streaming sites without even being well known. Record companies can sign artists very easily these days, meaning it’s easier to get a deal, but it’s still difficult to build a career. That’s an issue that you as a generation are going to have to address."

October 2018

New music releases: "Sunflower" - Post Malone and Swae Lee; "Without Me" - Halsey; "Zeze" - Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset; "3 Nights" - Dominic Fike
Roger Daltrey and Frank Lampard

On the 8th, Roger performs at the Legends of Football Awards in honour of Frank Lampard for his career achievements on the pitch. The ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London, also raises money for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

On the 9th, the Daily Mail reports that Roger has run into a problem demolishing a bungalow on his Sussex estate. Roger plans to replace the bungalow with a three-bedroom house, but a survey of the bungalow finds evidence of a bat roost in the roof, meaning Roger will have to install bat access points in the new building.

On th 14th, Roger is interviewed in The Sunday Times and live at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, in both cases by Matt Rudd, about Roger's new memoir.

Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite

On the 18th, that memoir, Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite is published in the U.K. The title is a response to a childhood teacher that told Roger he would never amount to anything.

On the 20th, Michael Stabb of NASA wakes up the Mars Rover with today's musical selection, "I Can See for Miles".

Roger Daltrey Judd Apatow
Photo: Henry Holt

On the 23rd, Roger's memoir is released in the U.S. To promote it Roger flies all the way over to America's West Coast, being interviewed by writer-director and massive Who fan Judd Apatow at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Roger Daltrey John Fugelsang

From there, Roger's book tour takes him to an interview with Tom Power on CBC Radio q (24th), an interview by John Fugelsang on the Sirius XM show Insight (25th), a book signing at BookEnds in Ridgewood, New Jersey (25th), a book signing at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue in New York (26th), an interview on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 (30th), and an interview on KTLA-FM (31st).

November 2018

New music releases: "Someone You Loved" - Lewis Capaldi; "Thank U, Next" - Ariana Grande; "Let Me Down Slowly" - Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara; "Pure Cocaine" - Lil Baby

Roger continues promoting his autobiography during the month. On the 1st he is the interview on Marc Maron's WTF podcast.

Cancer Rebellion poster

On the 8th, a Teen Cancer USA documentary, Cancer Rebellion premiers at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Roger is the executive producer.

Who's Playing: A Tribute to Keith Moon

On the 10th, the London Drum Show stages "Who's Playing: A Tribute to Keith Moon" as a benefit to the National Deaf Children's Society.

On the 11th, Roger is interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning about his book. Later he does the same on Channel 7's Sunday Night interviewed by Angela Cox.

Pete Townshend Rockers on Broadway 2018

On the 12th, Pete makes a surprise appearance at the 25th anniversary of Rockers on Broadway to pick up an award for Michael Cerveris, the actor who played Tommy in the 1993 Broadway production. He also performs "Drowned" and "Let My Love Open the Door" and at the end, the cast of the 1993 Tommy, celebrating its 25th anniversary, comes onstage to perform a medley from the show.

Roger Daltrey Marleybone Lights

On the 14th, Roger is the year's celebrity switching on the Christmas lights in Marylebone Village.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts record a Keith Moon-inspired cover of "Little Drummer Boy" for a Spotify Christmas playlist.

On the 18th, Roger is on BBC Radio 2 choosing The Tracks of My Years with host Ken Bruce and on the 20th, is interviewed by the actor Alex Baldwin on his WNYC radio show Here's The Thing.

Also on the 20th, the Daily Mail reports that Roger has lost a battle to build a new home on his 400-acre Sussex estate. Neighbors complained the new house would have a line-of-sight into their homes.

On the 24th, Roger is interviewed in studio on CBS This Morning.

December 2018

New music releases: "Wow." - Post Malone; "Look Back at It" - A Boogie wit da Hoodie; "Crazy Story" - King Von; "Valuable Pain" - YoungBoy Never Broke Again

On the 2nd, Pete's wife Rachel reports she is just back from New York where she has been workshopping her musical work The Seeker in collaboration with the New York Public Library. Pete will be performing the role of The Ferryman. Unfortunately, it appears that Covid-19 may have brought this project to a premature finish.

On the 16th, Roger attends Paul McCartney's show at the O2 in London.

Doubt Paul got too loud, but Roger says he punctures his eardrum during the month. Pete later reports it as an ear infection.

In any case, Roger's hearing improves enough to listen to Pete's demos for the new WHO album. Pete later says Roger was unsure if he could add anything to the songs, but Pete talks him 'round.

Syndicated cartoon "Reality Check" in newspapers on the 18th.

Reality Check cartoon Dec 18 2018

On or near the 24th, the contracts are signed for the WHO album and a 2019 tour.

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