When Roger Daltrey Rode to Brian Johnson’s Rescue

A pre-fame Brian Johnson obtained some invaluable recommendation from Roger Daltrey when the 2 crossed paths in 1973. He additionally marveled on the Who frontman’s equestrian prowess.

Their probability assembly was backstage on the British music tv program High of the Pops. Johnson was there along with his pre-AC/DC band Geordie to advertise their new tune “All Due to You,” whereas Daltrey sang his debut solo single “Giving It All Away.”

“After the taping, [Geordie] went to the inexperienced room once more for a few beers, totally anticipating to get thrown out after an hour for not being well-known sufficient,” Johnson writes in The Lives of Brian, which hits cabinets on Oct. 25 in the USA. “Nevertheless it did not occur — most likely as a result of Roger unexpectedly launched himself to us on the bar. ‘Hi there lads, how are you doin’?”

“I used to be intimidated at first,” Johnson provides. “I imply, the man was an absolute icon, and he was sporting the good flared dungarees with simply his suntan beneath and a golden crucifix round his neck — however he turned out to be an everyday lad, and he could not have been friendlier. In reality, he went out of his technique to inform me that I had ‘nice pipes’ — which, coming from the man who’d sung ‘Will not Get Fooled Once more,’ was the best praise I might ever been given.”

After their performances, Daltrey invited Johnson to his home that Sunday to have lunch and a chat. It was a no brainer for Johnson, who on the time was sharing a “filthy council flat with mattresses on the ground” along with his bandmates in London.

Johnson was suitably awed when he arrived on the palatial coastal house belonging to Daltrey, who made his entrance in type. “Instantly I heard the thud of approaching hooves, and once I appeared up, I used to be handled to probably the most sensational sight — an attractive white horse galloping…

When Roger Daltrey Rode to Brian Johnson’s Rescue