The Who launches a new North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour tonight, February 27, in Detroit. The trek initially was scheduled to take place last fall but was postponed when singer Roger Daltrey was stricken by viral meningitis.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Music, Daltrey has shared some details about what he went through as he battled the illness.
The 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains that earlier in 2015, “I was singing better than I’ve sung in years and having such a good time” at the band’s shows. However, he noticed that offstage he felt fatigued and stiff, and was frequent headaches. Daltrey tells Yahoo Music that by the early summer of last year, he couldn’t stand without feeling dizzy and his headaches got worse, so he checked into a hospital.
“In the end, I was basically on my hands and knees. I was in hospital for a week and they couldn’t find out what was wrong with me,” he reveals. “They did bone marrow scans and I had about four spinal taps. I’m actually the most Spinal Tapped rock singer in the world. Actually, they were very unpleasant. I can’t say it was fun.”
Roger says at first his doctors weren’t able to figure out what was wrong with him, so he checked out of the hospital and tried to prepare for The Who’s scheduled fall 2015 tour leg.
“I went home, ready to go on a plane to Los Angeles to do the tour. But that weekend, I was back on the ground in agony,” he reveals. “There were a couple of days there when I didn’t think I was going to make it.”
Daltrey returned to the hospital and after more tests, doctors finally determined he had viral meningitis, which I an inflammation of the tissue that cores the brain and spinal cord. Roger says he was treated with antibiotics and cortisone and spent three weeks in the hospital.
“The whole time I was in there, pretty much all I could do was lay there and groan,” he tells Yahoo Music. “It’s a weird [illness] and there’s an awful long recovery process, too.”
Daltrey says that the good thing is that performing “is very therapeutic” for him, which hopefully means that the new tour leg will help him get back to being 100-prcent healthy.
Daltrey discussed a wide variety of other topics with Yahoo Music, including whether The Who might record again, his feelings about the band’s plan to stop touring after its current trek winds down, some of the band’s career highlights and low points, and his work with the Teen Cancer America charity he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend. You can read the full article at Yahoo.com.
Here are all of The Who’s upcoming North American tour dates:
2/27 — Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
3/1 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
3/3 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/7 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/10 — Chicago, IL, United Center
3/12 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
3/14 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/16 — Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
3/19 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
3/21 — Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
3/24 — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
3/26 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
3/29 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
4/26 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
4/29 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/1 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
5/4 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
5/6 — Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
5/8 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
5/10 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
5/13 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
5/15 — Seattle, WA, KeyArena at Seattle Center
5/17 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
5/19 — Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
5/22 — Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
5/25 — Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
5/27 — San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
5/29 — Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
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Source: Classic Rock News