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- Posted on Jul 5th 2011 12:00PM by Chris Cope
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Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland (via BBC News), the Who man lamented having to watch festivals on television and suggested that they are better consumed in the flesh.
Scotland is hosting T in the Park this coming weekend (July 8 to 10), and whilst Daltrey isn't performing at the shindig -- he's out touring a performance of rock opera 'Tommy' -- the event will be widely televised.
And he went on record to say that he believes televising major festivals is doing music a "disservice". He said, "I think you have to go out and experience it. I don't think music works particularly well on TV, especially rock music. Most of the festival stuff makes me want to puke. It's wall-to-wall stuff and they (the artists) get very little money from it. Most of the mystique is taken away."
Daltrey also took time to take aim at TV talent shows, knocking their knack for picking homogenized singers who suffer from lack of character.
He added, "They do pick very good singers but I don't think they really understand what a great singer is. My criticism of those shows is that they generally pick good singers, but they are all backing singers and you would not know one from the other."