Published On: Sat, Sep 28th, 2019

The Who STOP concert last night: Friday and Sunday shows CANCELLED | Music | Entertainment

Rock legends The Who are on a major US tour. In Houston, Texas, Roger Daltrey was forced to call off the concert less than halfway through. The 75-year-old told the disappointed audience: “I think I should quit while I’m ahead.” The band had performed eight songs already but promised to try and return for another show one day in the future. Watch the video of how it all unfolded on stage.

After playing classic 1982 track Eminence Front, Daltrey called it quits. he has struggled with vocal issues and apparently is under strict instructions from his surgeon.

The British star told the crowd he couldn’t go on with the show: “If I carry on trying to do what I’m doing for you, I’m going to damage myself. I think I should quit while I’m ahead… Last time, I ended up in hospital for a month and I’m not going there again. Sorry.”

Pete Townshend explained what was going on to the audience: “It sounds like he cannot do any more, I’m afraid…”

The band left the stage, originally suggesting they would try to work out the rest of the set without Roger.

When he returned, Townsend said: “I’m really, really sorry. Roger cannot actually speak now.

“Apparently, before the show, he saw a doctor, and you know, he’s been singing so f***ing great through this tour. I don’t know what the f*** is going on. He has been on top of his game.

“I’m really sorry this has happened to you guys tonight… I don’t think there is much point trying to put anything together that makes any sense because this is Roger’s show and he’s not in good shape.”

The crowd was completely supportive, cheering the 74-year-old as he explained what had happened and how the band hoped to return to honour their commitment to the show.

Townsend said; “We will publish a date for our return as soon as we can. Let me explain one thing… We only do one day on, one day off. This is because Roger’s vocal surgeon insists he has a day off…

“I swear to you we will come back and we will honour your tickets. I love you so much and I’m sorry to let you down.”

Following the show, the upcoming Friday and Sunday night concerts in Dallas and Denver were cancelled.

Their next show is on October 9 in San Francisco. The band will open their UK tour in Manchester n March 16, 2020.


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