The Who’s 50th anniversary outing is going to have to wait until year 51. All remaining shows on the British rock legends' North American tour have been postponed due to singer Roger Daltrey’s illness, including an Oct. 10 date at Target Center in Minneapolis. Fans are being told to hang onto their tickets for makeup dates to be announced for next spring.
Daltrey was diagnosed with viral Meningitis. Initially, the band postponed the first four dates on the tour, but come Friday morning the whole thing was called off -- for now.
The singer said in a statement, “We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year."
Twin Cities fans know all too well how important it is for Daltrey to be healthy. He suffered from a hoarse voice and struggled to get through the Who’s Xcel Energy Center in 2006, all out spoiling the show. Daltrey has since rebounded, though, sounding strong at both a 2012 show by the Who at Target Center (singing the “Quadrophenia” album) and a solo concert there a year earlier (doing “Tommy” in full).
Stay tuned for an announcement on the makeup show. It is unclear if Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will remain the opening act for the new date.