ROGER DALTREY CBE
2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award honoree
Roger Daltrey has been a world famous star since the early sixties when as lead singer of The Who he embarked upon a career as a recording and performing artist that ranks him as one of the four or five best known lead singers in the history of rock music. Since then The Who have sold approximately 100 million albums and toured extensively round the world, but have undoubtedly been most successful in the USA where, even more than in their home territory of the UK, The Who are renowned as the biggest touring rock band in history.
The awards and prizes that Roger Daltrey has won in that time are too numerous to list, but apart from a multitude of gold and platinum albums, he has won the two most prestigious British awards – namely The Brit award and Ivor Novello award – both for special achievement in popular music. He has also received the Nordoff Robbins’ award for special achievement. The Who have also been inducted into The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame and have been honoured with America’s most prestigious cultural award, as recipients of the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors. The Who achieved world-wide acclaim for touring the first ever rock opera, Tommy, in prestigious theatres and opera houses internationally. They were the first and only band to ever perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. Roger Daltrey created the role of Tommy which led to the Tony award winning Broadway production.
His acting career, which started in the early seventies, includes the title role in the Ken Russell film Tommy, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Amongst his film credits are Ken Russell’s Lizstomania, the title role in McVicar, a role in CSI for CBS, Macheath in Jonathan Miller’s “The Beggar’s Opera and a series for the History Channel.
As a solo recording and performing artist Roger enjoyed great success from the seventies onwards with many hit singles and in 1994 his solo concert at Carnegie Hall, with The Juillard Orchestra was the fastest selling event in the venue’s history. He also appeared on stage as The Tin Man in a production of The Wizard Of Oz at The Lincoln Centre in 1995 with Deborah Winger, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole and Nathan Lane. In 1998 he starred as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.
The Who reformed in late 1999 for a series of charity concerts in the USA. and in 2000 completed a hugely successful sell out US Tour.
In 2002 The Who undertook another US tour, marred by the tragic death on the eve of the tour of Roger’s friend and bandmate John Entwistle.
In 2005 Roger Daltrey, was awarded a CBE for his services to music and charity. Since 2000 Roger has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer trust, a charity that builds specialised wards for teenagers with cancer in the UK. In 2000 Roger had the idea of setting up the first show at the Royal Albert ‘The Who and Friends’, sales from the DVD and CD from the night, raised over £1.2 million alone. Some incredible names have performed in the last 17 years, featuring the cream of British rock musicians, and the best of British comedy, raising a huge amount for the charity and also winning Roger a Humanitarian Award in 2003 from Time Magazine.
In November 2012 Roger, with Pete Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America. The charity is now established in the USA, with offices in Los Angeles and devoted Teen Cancer units being opened in hospitals all over the U.S.
In December 2013 Roger recorded an album with Wilko Johnson, guitarist of the legendary British R and B band Dr Feelgood, for release on the revived Chess Label in March 2014. The album charted at number 3 and sold over 150,000 copies in the UK.
In October 2014 The Who embarked on a critical acclaimed UK and U.S. tour to mark their 50th Anniversary which included headlining at Hyde Park and Glastonbury. The tour lasted until May 2016, raising over $500K for Teen Cancer America on the way.
At the end of the tour on May 31st 2016 Roger and The Who played at a benefit in Los Angeles raising $1.5M for Teen Cancer America and an equal amount for an Autism Charity.
In 2016 The Who performed further shows including headlining the Isle of Wight and playing at the Festival in the Desert in October. In 2017 The Who were the first rock band to take residency at Caesar’s Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas, performing six shows, followed by Rock in Rio Festival and further South American tour dates in September.
Roger has just completed his new solo album, showing no signs of slowing down and is as passionate as ever about his music and his charity work.