Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rock Star Reveals Truth about His Pinball Wizardry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rock Star Reveals Truth about His Pinball Wizardry

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk

ROCK star Roger Daltrey, who played the pinball messiah in the film Tommy, confessed to a Tyneside audience at the weekend: "I'm the worst pinball player in the world."

Flanked by a restored pinball machine at the Whitley Bay Playhouse where The Who's rock opera film had just been given its 40th anniversary showing, he said: "I can hardly score a point."

The launch event for the Whitley Bay Film Festival, in front of a capacity audience, was preceded by the finals of a pinball competition which had been running in the town.

The champion was Matt Morrison of Whitley Bay. He was presented with his award by Roger Daltrey, who had agreed to take part in a question and answer session after the film showing.

Roger was introduced by the festival's patron, US-based comedy writer Ian La Frenais, originally from Whitley Bay and whose work with writing partner Dick Clement includes The Likely Lads, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He told the audience: "I had my first snog in this building when it was a cinema. Is she here tonight, I wonder?" He described Roger Daltrey as "one of rock and roll's greatest performers and a consummate actor", as well as "a tireless worker for the Teenage Cancer Trust, of which he is patron".

More than PS400 was raised for the charity on the night.

The Who are famed for their hit My Generation, but Roger told the audience - who had given him a rousing reception - that rock music brought people of all ages together.

He said: "The Who play to audiences aged between seven and 90 and that's wonderful. Rock music is doing its job of bringing people together and it's doing it well."

Roger, who stayed at Close House in the Tyne Valley in Northumberland during his visit, said: "It is so refreshing to come to the Newcastle area. …

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