The Who singer Roger Daltrey recently concluded a show abruptly on Saturday night in Clearwater, Florida. Fans had been wondering about the sudden decision but it seems that he feared he might damage his voice by continuing. Daltrey had earlier complained of indigestion, and of not being able to hear his bandmates onstage.
Roger Daltrey had health concerns
Daltrey received warm support from the audience after failing to complete The Who’s Naked Eye, a dozen songs into his set at the Ruth Eckerd Hall. Guitarist Simon Townshend had taken the vocal on the previous number, Going Mobile, while Getting In Tune, four songs earlier, had to be restarted.
“I’m going to do myself some serious damage here and I’m not going to do it because I’ll never sing again!,” said Daltrey, in a moment captured on video (below). “I’m sorry! You’ll have to ask for refunds. I’ll try and make it up to you. I’m really, really sorry. I am not a robot! I am definitely not a robot! I’m not doing this to myself anymore. Thank you so much for coming.”
The Clearwater show was the 78-year-old Daltrey’s first solo show since he performed at the London Palladium in July 2022. His next scheduled engagement is aboard the Rock Legends Cruise, which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale yesterday.
Two weeks ago The Who confirmed a series of UK dates for this summer. The band will play nine shows in July, in addition to four mainland Europe shows announced in December. They’ll be joined at each show by a full orchestra – full dates below. Last week, the band released a live version of Baba O’Riley from upcoming live album The Who With Orchestra Live At Wembley. The album is released on March 31.