UPDATE (Sept. 29): The Who's Target Center gig has been officially rescheduled for May 1. "I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better," Roger Daltrey says in the announcement. Adds Pete Townshend: "We will be starting our rescheduled shows in March and will be coming back stronger than ever!" Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored.
They may be pinball wizards, but punctuality wizards? Not so much. The two original members comprising rock 'n' roll greats the Who — singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend — announced Friday their 50th anniversary tour will be postponed.
The U.K. group initially nixed the first four dates of their North American tour due to Daltrey's "mystery virus" (ID'd several words later as viral Meningitis), according to a statement on the band's website. But now his recovery from the illness will force the Who to reschedule all 28 dates for spring 2016, including an October 10 stop at Target Center in Minneapolis.
“We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way," Daltrey says in the statement. "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.”
Adds Townshend: “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.”
Hold onto your original tickets, Who fans, as they'll be honored at the rescheduled shows, which the band says will be announced soon.