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2007-03-16 – Tampa Bay Times

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On Wednesday, a day after the Who canceled its Tampa concert, Pete Townshend performs with fomer Faces keyboardist
Ian McLagan at the Austin Music Awards in Austin, Texas. .

Who’s sick?

Compiledfi'om Times wires

MEXICO CITY — The show is back
on for the Who, despite Roger Daltrey’s
recent bout of bronchitis. The band will
play in Mexico City on Saturday.

“We just talked to the band‘s manager,
and he assured us the singer will have
recovered and be in good form for the con-
cert,” Rafael Cepeda, spokesman for the
concert organizer, said Thursday.

At a concert in Tampa on Tuesday, after
less than a minute of the opening song,1
Can’t Emplaz'n, guitarist Pete Townshend
waved off the band, the group fell silent
and Daltrey, 63, promptly walked off the


After a few minutes of discussion in
the shadows, Townshend returned to the
stage and canceled the show.

“I just talked to Roger, and he can barely
speak,” Townshend, 61, told the crowd of
about 9,000. “I tried to get him to come
out here, but he’s really, really sick.”

Townshend said the cause was “bron-
chitis,” although band officials did not
confirm that.

It was the first show the Who canceled
like this in 40 years, according to Simon
Townshend, Pete’s brother, who also plays
in the band.

Roger Daltrey is apparently making
a speedy recovery as his band gets
back on the road after canceling a
Tampa concert.

The Tampa concert was rescheduled
for March 25 at the Ford Amphitheatre in
Tampa. Tuesday’s tickets will be honored
for that show.

Refunds also are available at point of
purchase until March 25.

Saturday’s event will be the Who’s first
performance. in Mexico.

The band began touring again after a
two-decade absence to support its new
album, Endless Wire.

Times pop music critic Sean Duly contributed
to this report.