The Who Nixes North America

“The Song Is Over” for “The Who Hits 50!” tour as the iconic rock band postpones its run through North America after doctors I.D. the “mystery virus” afflicting Roger Daltrey as viral meningitis.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans, La.

Seems that Daltrey’s previously unidentified malady just won’t let go of the frontman.  What originally began as a four-date postponement for the band’s North American tour scheduled to begin this month is now sweeping those dates aside so that the singer can follow his doctors’ orders to rest. 

The Who announced the bad news this morning and included a statement from Daltrey expressing his disappointment in having to postpone the tour, as well as missing the Teen Cancer America benefit in Los Angeles that he and the band have been working for.

“We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way,” Daltrey said.  “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.”

However, there is the promise that The Who will be “Going Mobile” next year.

“We are rescheduling all the shows for next spring 2016,” Peter Townshend added.  “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 purchased for the original shows will be honored for the new dates yet to be announced.  Go to for more information.