Roger Daltrey became the third member of The Who to tell his life story (after Pete Townshend and drummer Kenney Jones) as his memoir, Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story, is out now.
USA Today went through it and chose to highlight five key moments in the band's history:
Pete Townshend's guitar-smashing started by accident:
“The first time a guitar died was an accident,” Daltrey writes. “Pete was in the middle of his repertoire of moves when he stuck the guitar through the ceiling … So he covered up his mistake by smashing the guitar to pieces … When I remembered how much I’d struggled to get my first guitars, it was like watching an animal being slaughtered.”
Why Roger started twirling his microphone:
“I started twirling my microphone not because of my ego but because I didn’t know what to do with my hand during the solos … holding the microphone. You can only do so much choreography with one arm, and there was no way I could out dance Mick Jagger. So, in the breaks, I tried a bit of twirling. Over the next few months, it got bigger and bigger.”
Keith Moon's birthday madness:
Moon turned 21 in 1967 while on tour in Flint, Michigan. Daltrey writes: “Keith … drove a Continental or a Cadillac [depending who you ask] into the hotel pool. Keith was arrested, held for the rest of the night, and then escorted to the plane by the sheriff, who warned him never to set foot in this town again."
Band's managers were spending their money – on drugs:
“ was the year people started to describe us as millionaires. That was a load of bollocks … all the money we were supposed to be making was getting spent. We were headlining festivals. We were the first band to sell out six nights at the Fillmore West in less than an hour. We were filling opera houses. And we were barely breaking even.”
December 1979 tragedy in Cincinnati when 11 fans were trampled and killed trying to get into the arena:
“The organizers … let the show go on to prevent further panic … That meant we did the whole gig without any knowledge of the tragedy. Imagine how it feels to walk off stage, euphoric, buzzing, full of the joys of life, only to discover that people have died in their attempt to see you play.”
Daltrey will sign copies of the book this Thursday at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and again on Friday at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue in New York City.