Roger Daltrey Suffers Vocal Issues Due To Marijuana Smoke

Last night’s The Who show at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York nearly came to an early end after lead singer Roger Daltrey had vocal issues due to a fan smoking marijuana near the stage.  Newsday‘s report indicates “the smoke’s impact was almost immediate on his voice, which went from crystal clear and potent for the opening ‘I Can’t Explain’ to something rougher and more limited during ‘I Can See for Miles.'” which led Daltrey to exclaim “my voice is shutting down.”

[Photo by Paul Giunta]

Newsday explains Daltrey “has a well-known allergy to marijuana smoke that affects his throat and singing voice” and that fans were warned about the condition in slides projected on screens before The Who took the stage. Roger asked the fans for help and warned “I’m telling you now the show will be over” if the pot smoking near the stage continued. “It’s your choice, I can’t do anything about it. I’m doing my best.” Pete Townshend added, “stick it up your fucking ass! It’s the quickest way. I think it’s quicker than eating it” before Daltrey weighed in with “and by far the most pleasurable.” Watch what went down after the show’s fourth song as shot by fan Francesca Whelen:

Here’s footage of the version of “I Can See For Miles” that led to the banter above thanks to banfibill:

Thankfully for all in attendance, The Who finished the show with Newsday reporting that Daltrey’s voice got stronger as the evening progressed. Next up for The Who is a performance at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday.

[Hat Tip -Andy Hollander]