The Who’s Roger Daltrey gets honorary degree

Frontman recognised for his contribution to music and acting by Middlesex University

Roger Daltrey has been given an honorary degree by Middlesex University.

The Who frontman has been recognised for his contribution to the music and acting industry over his six-decade career. He joined hundreds of students who were graduating, some of whom contributed visuals to his rock-opera Tommy.

Daltrey said: “If I had the power to give honours, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who’s Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work knowing that, within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honour indeed.”


Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll added: “Roger Daltrey is one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced and he has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to.”

Daltrey was awarded a CBE for his services to music, the entertainment industry and charity in 2005. Back in May, he confirmed that organisers of the London 2012 Olympics asked whether drummer Keith Moon – who died in 1978 – would be able to take part in this summer’s celebrations.

He joked that the band’s management had responded to the invitation by suggesting they try contacting the deceased rocker themselves by holding a séance. “It could only happen in Britain,” he said. “We are so organised. We got a letter – well, an email – requesting could Keith Moon attend the opening ceremony.”

In March of this year, meanwhile, Daltrey revealed that he and Paul Weller were planning a future collaboration. The singer was speaking to NME in a video interview which you can watch by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.