Weed-puffing fans of legendary English rock band “The Who” got a stern talking to from frontman Roger Daltrey during the band’s concert at Madison Square Garden Monday night.
All the ones smoking grass down in the front there, I’m totally allergic to it,” Daltrey shouted to the crowd according to a fan video uploaded to YouTube. “I’m not kidding, whoever it is down there, you fucked my night and you made me really…I’m allergic to that sh*t and my voice just goes [makes noise with voice]It sucks up. So f*ck you!”
He refrained from saying, “We’re not gonna take it,” however.
This isn’t the first time Daltrey has unleashed on fans, four years ago he threatened he’d walk off of the stage if people kept smoking marijuana.”I really don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment, all I ask for is a little respect for someone doing their best to deliver a good night out for everyone. If you have to smoke it, get off your ass and go to the bog (bathroom) or eat it, please refrain from blowing clouds of it at me. I probably end up smoking more of your pot than you do and it becomes a singer’s nightmare. You are putting the whole show in jeopardy by your selfish behavior, give it some thought.”
When concert-goers began to snicker, the 74-year-old rockstar insisted: “I’m not kidding.”
“Whoever it is down there, you f–ed my night and you made me really…I’m allergic to that s–t and my voice just goes [makes sound]It sucks up. So f–k you!”
Back in 2015, Daltrey threatened to end a concert at the Nassau Coliseum, when someone lit up a joint near the stage, telling the fan to “stick it up your f—ing a–,” according to music blog Stereogum.
More than 50 bodies took the Madison Square Garden stage Monday night to heighten and reinvigorate a long list of Who tunes, many of which were plucked from the band’s two great opuses, “Quadrophenia” and “Tommy” — the latter, which helped coin the term “rock opera,” celebrates its own 50th birthday later this month. NJ.com.
The concert was sliced into three movements: first, a “Tommy”-centered medley with the orchestra (a different, local outfit for each show) at full strength; then a cluster of early-career odds and ends without the symphonic outfit; and finally a “Quadrophenia”-focused segment that concluded as most Who shows have in recent memory, with the ever-bombastic “Baba O’Riley.”
Roger Daltrey recently warned fans of the importance of wearing earplugs to gigs, after decades of loud music have now left him “very, very deaf”.