The Who were forced to postpone the final two 2014 dates of their Who Hits 50 tour after singer Roger Daltrey was diagnosed with a throat infection. The Tommy rockers were scheduled to perform at London’s O2 Arena on December 17th and 18th, but doctors ordered Daltrey to rest his voice, NME reports.
The Who have rescheduled the O2 gigs for March 22nd and 23rd, three weeks before the band embarks on the lengthy North American leg of the tour. “The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused,” the band said in a statement. The postponed gigs give Daltrey over three months to recuperate before taking the stage again for the rescheduled concerts.
On April 15th, the Who will bring their 50th anniversary trek – which has seen the band performing some of their classic tracks for the first time in decades – stateside with a leg-opening concert at Tampa Bay, Florida’s Amalie Arena. The itinerary also includes a May 30th concert at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, which marks the Who’s first performance at that venue since a pair of 1971 shows. The North American leg wraps up November 4th, 2015 at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
In November, the Who kicked off their anniversary jaunt with a star-studded birthday tribute concert at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, with Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher and Rush’s Geddy Lee among those paying homage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Proceeds from that concert benefitted Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust.