Roger Daltrey's continuing health problems have forced The Who to postpone the entire fall leg of its The Who Hits 50! tour.
Daltrey has been diagnosed with viral Meningitis, and doctors have prescribed a period of rest. The Who had already postponed the first four dates of the tour leg, which were slated to start September 14 in San Diego.
In a statement, the band says that the postponement "wasn't a decision taken lightly -- The Who always give give their fans 100% and they were never going to compromise the show, but ultimately the band had no alternative but to postpone the tour."
Daltrey added that "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."
Pete Townshend added, "We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016. We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."
Tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new shows, which will be announced shortly.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.