[pullquote quote=”I got very, very, seriously ill.” credit=”Roger Daltrey”] [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Who [/lastfm]are really feeling the toll of decades of touring.
Roger Daltrey was previously open about a 2009 throat cancer scare but now he’s revealing more about the band’s health issues.
He recently told Rolling Stone, “I’ve been suffering for quite a few of the previous tours. I never understood that if you sweat as much as I used to every night, you drain your body of salts. So I got very, very, seriously ill. I got to the stage where I was almost hospitalized with serious problems.”
Pete Townsend backed up Daltrey’s statement telling Rolling Stone, “If I’m out on the road with Roger and he’s as miserable as sin, there is a bit of me, and I know my manager Bill Curbishley shares this, which thinks ‘Why are we doing this to him?'” Townshend said. “He seems to be so unhappy, he seems to be so unfulfilled. Yet when you talk to him he exalts the Who to high heaven, and exalts me. He always says it’s going to be fabulous, and ‘this time I’m just going to have fun,’ and he always ends up distraught, sobbing in a corner somewhere, saying ‘That was the worst show I’ve ever done and I could do so much better and I can’t work out how I’m going to do this again.'”
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have both suffered from hearing issues but Townshend says his hearing loss can not be to blame if The Who never tours again.
Despite doubts of The Who touring again Daltrey isn’t going to stop performing on his own. Referring to artists like Pete Seger and Chuck Berry, Daltrey told Rolling Stone “Isn’t it wonderful to see them? A lot of people may not agree, but to me this is like the last time you’re going to get to see any of these people. Imagine if you could go watch Mozart today, even if it’s the last, crappiest show he ever played. What a thrill that would be.”