THE WHO RETURN TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Singer Roger Daltrey speaks to NME.COM...

THE WHO returned to the ISLE OF WIGHT festival for the first time yesterday (June 12) since their infamous extended performance in 1970 on a bill which also featured THE DOORS, JIMI HENDRIX and EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER.

The group closed the second night of the event with a greatest hits set including ‘My Generation’, ‘Magic Bus’, ‘Pinball Wizard’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’.

Talking to NME.COM, singer Roger Daltrey spoke about whether any of the bands on this year’s bill would rise the legendary status of the groups playing in the Sixties. He said: “There are some great bands on. Who knows – it’s in the quality of music in the end. I think the Manics will, the Stereophonics from last night (June 11) have also got the potential.”

He joked: “Look at us – all we’ve got left is the music. All the sex idol thing which was important in the Sixties has all dropped away from us. So, all is left is the music and people still want to see it.”

At a press conference, he later talked about his experience at the event in 1970, saying: “I remember getting drunk with Jim Morrison. We downed about two bottles of Southern Comfort in front of a huge bonfire. Then the bugger went and died and didn’t buy his round.”

Original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock was spotted in the crowd yesterday and Daltrey also commented on the state of the present music industry, saying: “It’s a mess, because it’s run by the accountants. It shows unfortunately… bands can’t be as adventurous – they’re not allowed to be. The ‘Big Brother’ syndrome spills into the music business… I think what’s needed at the moment is a new Sex Pistols but there doesn’t seem to be anything on the horizon.”

Keep checking NME.COM for all of the latest news from the festival, taking place at Seaclose Park, Newport.