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The Who's Roger Daltrey: frugal 'wizard'

At 67, Roger Daltrey of The Who likes to stay as busy as ever. He's been giving his fans a special treat of late, touring a solo version of the group's legendary rock opera, "Tommy," across the United States and Canada. And for Who fans seeking to dig deeper into their favorite band's oeuvre, The Who will be releasing a box set of their other rock opera, "Quadrophenia," complete with a remastered version of the album and previously unreleased songs and demos on Nov. 15. Daltrey spoke to Bankrate about the band's early days and his life as an English rock star.

 
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When The Who started taking off and you were actually making money, what was one of the first big things you splurged on?

We didn't have any money until the 1970s. We had hit records for six years before we had any money at all. We were so much in debt. (When we did make money), there were two things -- I bought my own house, and I bought my mother a house, which is what working-class British kids used to do. First you bought your mum a house, then you bought yourself a house.

 
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