The legendary front man of iconic British rock band The Who, Roger Daltrey, has slammed the “woke generation” in a new interview with DJ Zane Lowe.
Talking about the growing importance of social media and the deepening divisions in society, Daltrey said: “It’s almost like, now, we should turn the whole lot off, go back to newsprint, go back to word of mouth, and start to read books again, and then we might start to get somewhere.
“Because it’s becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation.”
“It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves” he said. “I mean, anyone who’s lived a life and you see what they’re doing, you just know that it’s a route to nowhere.
“Especially when you’ve lived through the periods of a life that we’ve had the privilege to. I mean, we’ve had the golden era. There’s no doubt about that.”
He appeared on Lowe’s show to promote a deluxe reissue of their classic 1967 record The Who Sells Out, and discuss the legacy of the band over nearly six decades of music. He also talked extensively about his important work with the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Daltrey has not been shy about sharing his political views in the past, drawing the ire of radical Remoaners when he trashed the corrupt European Union.
Speaking to Sky News in 2019, he blasted the idea that Brexit could hit touring rock musicians, highlighting that bands toured Europe before the EU came into existence, and said “if you want to sign up to be ruled by a f***ing mafia, you do it!”
Summing up his political views in the interview, Daltrey said: “I’m not left and I’m not right. I’m trying to find a way in the middle because all I see is the rest of it being divisive.”
Hitting opportunistic politicians, he said that politicians use the NHS like “a political football”, adding that “our health service should never be that, it should be there for all people equally.”