The Who’s Verizon Center concert postponed to 2016

The Who’s Verizon Center concert postponed to 2016

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All remaining dates of “The Who Hits 50!” concert tour, including DC’s November 1 concert date, postponed due to Daltrey illness.

Photo from "The Who Cares" concert in aid of teen cancer in America, 2013. (PR still via The Who's official website, image © Harry Sandler Productions)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2015 – The Who’s upcoming D.C. area concert date has been postponed, according to a press release issued via the Verizon Center Friday morning. Here is an excerpt from the release:

The Who today confirmed that they are postponing all remaining dates on their ‘THE WHO HITS 50!’ North American tour. They had initially postponed FOUR shows on doctor’s orders after Roger Daltrey contracted a mystery virus. Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral Meningitis and prescribed a period of rest.

Roger was particularly disappointed as he had been especially looking forward to the Teen Cancer America benefit in Los Angeles, a charity that he and The Who have worked tirelessly for. Thankfully he is already getting better and said, “We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. 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.” 

Pete Townshend added, “We are rescheduling all of the shows for next spring 2016. We apologize to all of 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.”

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17