Roger Daltrey planned on decorating if he could no longer sing

Roger Daltrey, 77, reveals he planned on returning to painting and decorating if his operation to remove pre-cancerous cells had failed

Roger Daltrey has revealed that he planned on returning to life as a painter and decorator if an operation to remove pre-cancerous cells had proven unsuccessful.

The The Who frontman, 77, was speaking about the throat surgery he underwent two years go, on the Life on a Plate podcast, when he revealed his backup plan.

Speaking on the show, Roger admitted he didn’t know if the surgery would be a success and so had planned an alternative career if he found himself unable to sing.

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, 77, has revealed he planned on returning to painting and decorating if his operation a couple of years ago to remove pre-cancerous cells had failed

He said: ‘It was scary but not scary. You’ve just got to roll with it.

‘You have got to accept when you get hit by a blow that you might not be able to sing after this operation because they didn’t know what it was.

‘It could have been cancer. You go under the anaesthetic with the feeling it’s one of two things.

‘I’m going to wake up and it is going to be OK and I am going to be able to carry on, or I won’t be able to sing again. If I can’t sing again, I’ll go back to being a painter and decorator – I’ll manage.’

Natural performer: Speaking on the the Life on a Plate podcast, Roger admitted he didn’t know if the surgery would be a success and so had planned an alternative career if he found himself unable to sing

Additionally, Roger spoke on the podcast about a lesson he learned back in the 1980s from a masseuse about acceptance, which helped him accept the potential end of his singing career. 

He said: ‘I used to scream sometimes. And she used to say to me ‘what are you holding on for?’, and she was so right.’

His comments come after earlier this year, when he took a swipe at today’s ‘woke generation’ as he declared it’s ‘terrifying’ that they are creating a ‘miserable world’ for themselves.

Speaking in April, the singer added that he feels ‘privileged’ to have grown up in a ‘golden era’. 

Having his say: Earlier this year, Roger took a swipe at today’s ‘woke generation’ as he declared it’s ‘terrifying’ that they are creating a ‘miserable world’ for themselves

Roger had joined band mate Pete Townshend, 75, on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1, as they celebrated the release of the super deluxe version of their hit third studio album The Who Sell Out’.

And amid talk about their long career and their hopes to tour again, Roger had some harsh criticism when talk soon turned to contemporary politics and today’s society.

After ranting about anti-vaxxers, he turned his attention to politics as he said: ‘It’s just getting harder to disseminate the truth. It’s almost like, now we should turn the whole thing off. Go back to newsprint, go back to word of mouth and start to read books again.

‘I don’t know, we might get somewhere because it’s becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation.’ 

Those were the days: The singer added that he feels ‘privileged’ to have grown up in a ‘golden era’ (pictured with The Who band mates [L-R] John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend in 1971)

Discussing the ‘woke generation’ further, he went on: ‘It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who’s lived a life and you see what they’re doing, you just know that it’s a route to nowhere. 

‘Especially when you’ve lived through the periods of a life that we’ve had the privilege to. I mean, we’ve had the golden era. There’s no doubt about that.’

Elaborating on what he means to have been privileged during a certain time, he told how his generation had ‘came out of a war’, had came out of a ‘levelled society’, lived through socialist governments and added that he’d been to countries at the height of communism. 

Opinion: Discussing the ‘woke generation’ further, he went on: ‘It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves’

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