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What's up with Roger Daltrey?

Posted at 10:31 AM on March 16, 2007 by Melanie Sommer

(Submitted by editor Mike Mulcahy)

Remember back in December, when the Who played at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center? Fans were upset because the band cut short the show, citing lead singer Roger Daltrey's bronchitis. This week in Tampa the band came out and played one song; Daltrey left the stage, and guitarist Pete Townshend announced the show would be postponed because of Daltrey's bronchitis.

Today this came across the wire:

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The show will go on for The Who, despite lead singer Roger Daltrey's recent bout of bronchitis. The band will play in Mexico City on Saturday. "We just talked to the band's manager, and he assured us the singer will have recovered and be in good form for the concert," Rafael Cepeda, spokesman for the concert organizer, said Thursday.

Sounds good, right? But then a short time later came this:

MEXICO CITY (AP) - First it was on. Then it was off, at least for now. The Who, scheduled to perform in Mexico City on Saturday, have postponed the show because singer Roger Daltrey, 63, is still sick with bronchitis, concert organizer Ocesa said Thursday.

Does bronchitis last that long? Daltrey always seemed like the healthiest member of the band, or at least the one with the fewest visible bad habits. Fifty percent of this band is already gone. Can we afford to lose Daltrey?

Melanie adds as an aside: My teenage daughters, and a whole lot of other Gen-Y types, are newfound fans of The Who, thanks to the CSI television series -- which use Who songs as their themes.