Contrary to what you’d expect from those of a rocker whose pyrotechnic stage antics helped define the ‘60s, Roger Daltrey‘s kids are alright.
In a 1989 interview with host Robin Milling, which has never before aired anywhere, The Who frontman discussed his career from the New York set of The Teddy Bear Habit. (That never-released feature film, co-starring Sam Waterston and George Carlin, tells the story of a music-shop owner who helps a child break his attachment to his teddy bear.)
“It’s terrible but it’s probably true but I’m so happy being with my kids. I really do enjoy them,” Roger said when asked about becoming a dad.
“It’s wonderful to be with them in these last seven years apart from The Who. Back then, there wasn’t that much time to really enjoy them. It was always kind of a barrier.
“I’ve got a really boring rock story. I’ve been with the same woman for 22 years. I’ve got five kids, three from my present wife.”
Roger—who played the lead in the 1975 film version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy, and composer Franz Liszt in the 1975 biopic Lisztomania—also reflected on the rock-star versus movie-star life.
“I much prefer acting because you’re much more in contact with everyday life and actually living. I loved the band but I didn’t particularly like the touring because I used to get homesick being on the road. John [Entwistle] was the one who liked touring a lot.
“The vocals is like acting because you’re getting people to understand the expression of the song. That is an acting job. It’s wonderful to become different characters and that’s why I love acting. It’s a much broader canvas.
“I want to do theater. If Steven Berkoff [the British actor who played Victor Maitland in Beverley Hills Cop] writes something new, he could drag me onto the stage and I would be only too willing to go.”
Roger also recalled his inspiration for getting up on stage in the first place—and behind a mic.
“At the age of 11 I saw a film of Elvis Presley on TV—a clip of him on TV—and it was like someone from Mars. I thought, This is incredible! This is what I want to be like.
“That’s what did it for me.”
Click here to hear Roger Daltrey’s full lost interview, which debuts today at 12pm ET on Milling About.