Roger Daltrey - Hendrix 'copied' Townshend

Roger Daltrey claims Jimi Hendrix ''copied'' Pete Townshend's original guitar playing style.

The Who frontman insists his fellow bandmate is one of the most unique guitar players ever seen, so much so that Hendrix - who was regarded as one of the best musicians of his time before his death in 1970 aged 27 - adapted the way he played the instrument.

He said: ''Pete's guitar style - there's nothing like it. People say the best guitarists are [Jimmy] Page, [Eric] Clapton; yeah, they're fantastic, no doubt about it - amazing - but are they original?

''I would say they are derivative of Robert Johnson and all those people. But you hear Townshend with a power chord and the things he does with a guitar, which was copied by Hendrix, and it's totally original.

''You think, 'Where the f**k did that come from?' I think the real root of it came because he was a banjo player before he was a guitarist. Then you start to see that make sense.''

As well as Pete's different style, Roger admits he is ''really proud'' the group opted for a unique sound during the 1970s.

The 69-year-old singer added to NME magazine: ''We were trying to find the next thing to make a film out of; we wanted to be more than just a rock band, a bit like maniacs.

''You've got to dare to be different and that's what we did. That's one thing about us I am really proud of - we weren't generic; we were a thing on its own.''


Contactmusic

Tags: Roger Daltrey - Jimi Hendrix - Pete Townshend - The Who - Jimmy Page - Eric Clapton

Advertisement

More Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey & Wilko Johnson - Going Back Home Video

Roger Daltrey returned to music earlier this year with the collaborative album 'Going Back Home', on which he was joined by Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko...

Robert Smith Calls The Cure's New Album "A Sore Point"

The Cure's Robert Smith says he is unconvinced that the release of the group's new album is a worthwhile exercise and that the record is...

Suggs: I'm writing songs for new Madness album

Suggs has started writing songs for a new Madness album.The 53-year-old singer has revealed the band are heading into the studio this summer to start...

Roger Daltrey Blames War Rationing For Height

The Who rocker Roger Daltrey is convinced he knows the reason for his small stature - he blames World War Ii food rationing for his...

Advertisement

The Moody Blues Cruise 2014 Featuring Special Guest Roger Daltrey

ON THE BLUE--the leader in cruise charter innovation and producer for the upcoming THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE (the second annual fan cruise from The Moody...

Roger Daltrey Still Suffering Gary Glitter Eye Injury

The Who star Roger Daltrey is still suffering the ill effects of an eye injury he sustained while performing with Gary Glitter almost 15 years...

Russell Brand Sparks Fracas At GQ Men Of The Year Awards With Nazi Jibes

At the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Russell Brand sparked off a war of words between himself, Charles Moore, actor Jeremy Piven and...

'Once Upon A Time In Wonderland': Prepare For A 'Kickass' Alice In 'Psychedelic Romance'

This October, ABC will premiere a brand new television fantasy series, expanding on Lewis Carroll's original fiction as well as the countless movie and television...

Advertisement

Comments

Roger Daltrey Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Roger Daltrey

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All