Daltrey illness forces The Who to postpone North American tour

Daltrey illness forces The Who to postpone North American tour

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British rock band The Who on Friday postponed all remaining dates of its 50th anniversary North American tour after lead singer Roger Daltrey was diagnosed with viral meningitis.

In a statement on its website, the band, which famously sang "I hope I die before I obtain old" in its 1965 hit "My Generation," called off some 30 dates between now & December.

The Who had last week postponed four dates after Daltrey, 71, fell ill with a mystery virus.

"Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, yet after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral meningitis & prescribed a period of rest," the statement said.

Daltrey said doctors told him he will make a complete recovery yet that he will "need a considerable time to recover." Several U.S. dates were postponed four months ago because Daltrey had vocal problems.

Guitarist Pete Townshend said all shows would be rescheduled for the spring of 2016.

Townshend & Daltrey are the survivors of the original line-up following the deaths of drummer Keith Moon & bass guitarist John Entwistle. The Who had its first huge hit in 1965 with "I Can't Explain."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Source: “Reuters”