Fans piled into a Tampa, Fla., venue on March 13 to see one of the most renowned bands of the 1960s, the Who. Now resigned as a duo, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend probably thought they’d seen everything over their boundless careers--but, in fact, that night the guys played one of the shortest concerts ever.
Daltrey, 63, suffered a bout of bronchitis while performing the intro song at the event. He had to rush offstage. Townshend went after him to see if the show could go on, but he shortly came back on stage and addressed the crowd: "I just talked to Roger and he can barely speak. I tried to get him to come out here, but he's really, really sick." And the show was cancelled.
Any irritation felt by the audience is understandable, though it’s important to note that these things are bound to happen every once in a while, and the Who is too awesome to hold a grudge against. Besides, the guys know if it happens again that there’ll be fighting in the streets.
The Tampa show has already been rescheduled, bronchitis-free, for March 25. The Who will perform for the first time in Mexico this Saturday, March 17. The rockers are touring together after two decades to promote their latest album, Endless Wire.
Update: Due to continued illness, the Who has postponed its Saturday concert.
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