Roger Daltrey Thinks Rock is Dead and the Future is Hip-Hop

by VVN Music

Roger Daltrey recently made a fairly big, controversial statement. Rock is dead, long live Hip-Hop.

The Who were playing the second weekend of the Desert Trip Festival in Indio, CA when Roger sat down to talk with The Times of London.

He stated "The sadness for me is that rock has reached a dead end. The only people saying things that matter are the rappers and most pop is meaningless and forgettable. You watch these people and you can’t remember a bloody thing."

Roger went on to talk about the fact that the Who have been stuck in a rut for forty years, referencing the 1976 Day on the Green Festival which he considers his career high point. "Since then it seems we’ve been stuck in a cycle. Day on the Green happened 40 years ago yesterday. At Desert Trip we played the same set."

We got curious as to whether Roger's recollection of the forty year old set was correct or not, so we compared the two set lists:

The Who @ Day on the Green, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA (October 9, 1976)
  1. I Can't Explain
  2. Substitute
  3. My Wife
  4. Baba O'Riley
  5. Squeeze Box
  6. Behind Blue Eyes 
  7. Dreaming From the Waist
  8. Magic Bus
  9. Amazing Journey
  10. Sparks 
  11. The Acid Queen 
  12. Fiddle About
  13. Pinball Wizard 
  14. I'm Free
  15. Tommy's Holiday Camp
  16. We're Not Gonna Take It
  17. See Me, Feel Me 
  18. Summertime Blues
  19. My Generation
  20. Join Together 
  21. My Generation Blues 
  22. Won't Get Fooled Again 
The Who @ Desert Trip, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, CA (October 9, 2016)
  1. I Can't Explain
  2. The Seeker
  3. Who Are You
  4. The Kids Are Alright
  5. I Can See for Miles
  6. My Generation
  7. Behind Blue Eyes
  8. Bargain
  9. Join Together
  10. You Better You Bet
  11. 5:15
  12. I'm One
  13. The Rock
  14. Love, Reign O'er Me
  15. Eminence Front
  16. Amazing Journey
  17. Sparks
  18. The Acid Queen
  19. Pinball Wizard
  20. See Me, Feel Me
  21. Baba O'Riley
  22. Won't Get Fooled Again
Same length (22 songs), same opener (I Can't Explain), same closer (Won't Get Fooled Again) but, overall, only half of the songs played in 1976 were also played in 2016.

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