September 26, 2020

2007-03-14 – Tampa Bay Times

2007 03 14 Tampa_Bay_Times_Wed__Mar_14__2007_

BY SEAN DALY
Times [’01) Musu' enm-

'I‘AMPA — As if fighting
Father Time isn’t hard enough
for aging rockers, another
nasty foe felled British legends
the Who at Ford Amphitheatre
'ltiesday: bronchitis.

After less than a minute
of the opening song I Can’t
Ezwlain, guitarist Pete Town-
shend waved off the band,
the group fell silent and ail-
ing singer Roger Daltrey, 63,
promptly walked off the stage.

After a few minutes of dis-
cussion in the shadows — and
with the crowd of 9.000 mur-
muring restrained dissent —
Townshend returned to the
stage and canceled the show.

This was the first show the
Who have canceled like this in
+0 years, according to Simon
lbwnshend. Pete‘s brother,
who also plays in the band.

“1 just talked to Roger and
he can barely speak," 61-year-
old Pete 'l‘tmt'nshend told the
crowd. “I tried to get him to
come out here, but he‘s really,
really sick.”

'l‘(,)wnshend said the cause
was “bronchitis.” although
band officials did not confirm
Dalti‘ey’s malady.

Perhaps calming,r the
masses. 'l‘ownshend quickly
announced that the show has
been rescheduled for March
25 at Ford i‘unphitheati‘e.
Tuesday’s tickets will be hon-
ored for that show. Refunds
also will be available at point

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