Veteran rocker Roger Daltry, 71, of The Who needs time to recover from an “unspecified virus” that is getting in the way of performing.
As a result, The Who has prematurely cancelled the first four shows in the second half of their “The Who Hits 50!” tour. Upcoming gigs in San Diego on September 14, Anaheim on September 16, Las Vegas on September 19, and L.A. on September 21 will be affected and an appearance slated for September 18 at the iHeartRadio Music Festival is also held up.
The highly-anticipated 50th anniversary tour is expected to resume in Portland, Oregon on September 24. The Who will hopefully be rescheduling the cancelled tour concerts; however, details about possible new dates have yet to be released. There is also no word on the details or severity of Daltrey’s condition.
At the commencement of the tour, Pete Townshend, The Who’s lead guitarist and songwriter, had commented on how the band was “lucky to be alive and still touring,” although Daltrey admitted that being on the road at this age was tough. “We cannot keep going on doing these month after month-long, extended tours,” Daltrey said at the time. “It’s extremely hard, hard work.”
“The Who cancel four tour dates due to Roger Daltrey illness,” The Guardian web site, September 9, 2015