The Who cut short a Houston concert after lead singer Roger Daltrey lost his voice midway through the event.
The group was eight songs into the Wednesday night concert when Daltrey told the audience, “I think I should quit while I’m ahead.” Lead guitarist Pete Townsend apologized, saying Daltrey “cannot actually speak now.” He promised the crowd that the band would honor their tickets at a make-good concert still to be scheduled.
Bandmate Pete Townshend stepped up and told the audience, “Roger cannot actually speak now. Apparently, before the show he saw a doctor, and, you know, he’s been singing so f**king great through this tour. I don’t know what the f**k’s going on. He has been on top of his game.”
The guitarist insisted he wanted to continue but made it clear, “This is Roger’s show, really – it’s a vocal show – and he’s not in good shape.”
Townshend then promised to reschedule the concert.
Daltrey’s vocal surgeon has reportedly urged the singer to take a day off after each concert.
The band also has postponed concerts scheduled for Friday in Dallas and Sunday in Denver.
The 75-year-old Daltrey and 74-year-old Townsend are the last original members with the band, which formed 55 years ago.
Bathed in purple and blue light while a light spritz of Manhattan rain misted the stage, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend busted out classics such as “The Kids Are Alright,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
It was acoustic, just the two of them, but it was LOUD acoustic, with Pete hammering on his guitar as if there wasn’t a mic within a two-mile vicinity. Before wrapping with “Fooled,” the band gave the art crowd an opportunity to contribute their own vocals — which, sadly, they flubbed. After Roger and Pete harmonized on the verses, they left the refrain to the audience… but it never came.
The Who’s WHO Tracklist
All This Music Must Fade
Ball And Chain
I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
On One String*
Hero Ground Zero
I’ll Be Back
Break The News**
Rockin’ In Rage
She Rocked My World
Calling in at Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London, the tour follows The Who’s gargantuan concert at London Wembley Stadium back in July.
Tickets to the tour go on sale from Planet Rock Tickets at 10am on Friday 20th September.
Next year’s tour supports the release of The Who’s upcoming new studio album, ‘WHO’, which is their first record since October 2006’s ‘Endless Wire’.
The new record comes complete with artwork created by legendary pop artist Peter Blake, the man behind The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and The Who’s 1981 album ‘Face Dances’, amongst others.
Manchester Arena – 16th
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 21st
Glasgow The SSE Hydro – 23rd
Leeds First Direct Arena – 25th
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – 30th
Birmingham Resorts World Arena – 1st
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – 3rd
Liverpool M&S Bank Arena – 6th
London The SSE Arena, Wembley – 8th
See The Who at the following shows:
2019 North American Tour Dates
- Sept 6 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
- Sept 8 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Alpine Valley, WI
- Sept 10 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
- Sept 13 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
- Sept 15 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
- Sept 18 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
- Sept 20 BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Sept 22 Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
- Sept 25 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
- Sept 27 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
- Sept 29 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
- Oct 11 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
- Oct 13 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
- Oct 16 Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
- Oct 19 T-Mobile Park, Home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle, WA
- Oct 21 Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
- Oct 23 Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
- For Who fans everywhere, the announcement of a brand new tour means only one thing: the world’s most untameable rock band is about to deliver the goods once again. Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer and fall in 2019. Produced by Live Nation, The Who’s North American MOVING ON! TOUR will bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities beginning in May (see tour itinerary below). The kickoff date is May 7 in Grand Rapids, MI with the band wrapping up the first leg of the tour on June 1 in Toronto, ON. A much-anticipated series of fall dates will launch on September 6 in St. Paul, MN and conclude on October 23 in Edmonton, AB. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 18 at LiveNation.com.