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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.

Roger Daltrey
Roger DaltreyPhoto by PR Photos
Now, as a veteran rock superstar, do you splurge a lot, or are you more frugal?

I'm not a big spender. I probably give most of it away to charities. I've looked after my family -- I got a big family -- and I live quite a frugal life, really. I've got a very nice farm and a very nice house. I've got one car and two trucks on the farm; broken down tractors -- two good ones. That's it.

No old English castles for you like some other rock stars?

Well, (my home is) an old manor house. It's an old, old house, 400 years old, but it's not in that plush bracket at all. I've lived in this house for 40 years -- it was my first big house after moving out of a two-bedroom. I bought this house in the '70s, and I've been here ever since.

That's a very impressive stability.

I found people I like to be around, real country people. They're brilliant. I love it here.

Sounds like you've got a good life.

I'm surrounded by good people. That's the measure of a good life. All the rest is flotsam.



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