The Who’s Roger Daltrey Refuses To Stay Indoors During Pandemic

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey said he would not stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Roger praised British people for their resilience in the face of the pandemic and said he would “clap all day long” for the nation’s healthcare workers and frontline staff, but was critical of the experts for the confusion they create over the lockdown.

“I live in the countryside so it’s a lot easier, I cannot imagine what it must be like stuck in London in a flat with a couple of kids” the veteran musician said. “I’m not moaning about anything but equally as a 76-year-old, I’m not going to be told by anybody to stay in.”

“Go f*** yourselves. We can’t wrap ourselves in cotton wool,” he added.

He said further that it was scientists rather than the Government who were causing confusion for the general public amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Roger said: “For every academic that’s telling us one thing on the science, there’s any equally academic scientist on the other side of the fence saying: ‘No, you’re wrong and this what we should do.’

“No wonder the public’s confused, no wonder the Government’s confused and no wonder that, all around the world, there are different results on how we’re getting through it.”

He said it is not right to compare different countries as it would be like comparing “apples and oranges”.

“I do feel sorry for young musicians, and you know also, orchestral musicians, these people that have studied for years and years and years to play in orchestras. They’re all out of work – the road crews, the truck drivers, the lighting people, the whole industry is sitting on its fingers, it’s horrendous,” he said about the sufferings of those in the music industry.

Roger, who is a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “It’s heartbreaking to see us in the state that we are in, where all our fundraising has been stopped. … To survive this, we have to raise [approximately $7 million] this year. So whatever you can give, it doesn’t matter what it is, it will really help us.”

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