The Who’s Roger Daltrey Wants to Sing the Blues with Jimmy Page
File this under “Things That Will Likely Never, Ever Happen but Would Be Kinda Awesome If They Did”: Roger Daltrey and Jimmy Page doing a blues album together. Maybe I’m being too negative. Maybe it will happen. It will if Roger Daltrey has his way about it; the front man for The Who has put the word out that this is something he’d love to do. “I’d love to do an album with Jimmy Page. He needs a singer to drive him. I’m a great blues singer,” Daltrey told BBC 6Music. “I don’t sing the blues with the Who, but that’s what I used to be before Townshend started writing. I used to be a great blues singer.” You can’t really hate on Daltrey for looking elsewhere for musical companionship; bandmate Pete Townshend’s well-known, ongoing issues with tinnitus have put the Who on indefinite hold as far as recording and touring. And Daltrey, who is still energetic and spry (trust this; I saw the Who just a couple of years ago and Roger Daltrey was bouncing around like a 21-year-old, with a pretty ripped body to match), is apparently looking for a new project to keep him occupied. If Daltrey and the Led Zeppelin guitarist were to collaborate, they would just be the latest in a long line of super groups and dynamic duos, a trend that seems (for who-knows-what reason) to be prevalent among more seasoned musical veterans. For example, Page’s Led Zeppelin bandmate Robert Plant released an album called Rising Sand with Alison Krauss, to heaps of critical acclaim. But until Jimmy Page responds to the invitation, Roger Daltrey has enough lined up for now: The Who has one scheduled show on March 30th, a cancer benefit at London’s Royal Albert Hall (where they are going to play Quadrophenia in its entirety, by the way), and this while in the middle of a much-anticipated tour with Eric Clapton, which started February 25th, 2010 in Pittsburgh. Take it easy, old man.