For most 74-year-olds, deafness is a symptom of their generation – but for The Who singer Roger Daltrey, more than 50 years of performing rock music have taken their toll.
Speaking to the audience during a solo show, he admitted he was ‘very, very deaf’. Daltrey, pictured, told fans that he now relies on lip-reading and in-ear monitors to follow the music at live concerts.
‘The trouble with these ear things that I wear is that I am very, very deaf,’ said The Who frontman. ‘And I advise you all – all you rock-and-roll fans – take your f***ing ear plugs to the gigs.
Don’t turn it up to eleven: The Who singer Roger Daltrey has revealed more than 50 years of performing rock music has taken its toll on his hearing as he is now ‘very, very deaf’
‘If only we had known when we were young … we are lip-reading.’
Daltrey said he wanted to keep performing ‘for a long time’, adding: ‘I am lucky to be doing what I do – so thank you.’
Despite his hearing issues, the singer rekindled his glory days with pitch-perfect performances of hits including I Can See For Miles and The Real Me at the Hard Rock Resort in Las Vegas.
Daltrey admitted he missed Jimi Hendrix and Doors singer Jim Morrison.
He said: ‘Those people aren’t here any more… what am I doing here?
‘And these days everybody thinks that they have thousands and millions of friends on this anti-social media.
‘But in the end as you get older, your friends do die and there is nothing you can do about it. Your real friends are … the ones by your side.’
Daltrey has also claimed that The Who bandmate Pete Townshend also ‘wears two hearing aids’.
Despite his hearing issues, the singer rekindled his glory days with pitch-perfect performances of hits including I Can See For Miles and The Real Me at the Hard Rock Resort in Las Vegas
The singer famously shunned hard drugs while the rest of the band indulged.
Drummer Keith Moon died after overdosing on Heminevrin, an alcohol withdrawal drug in 1978, aged 32.
Daltrey is to feature alongside friend and actor Sir Michael Caine in an upcoming documentary about the Swinging Sixties called My Generation, named after The Who hit of that name.
Daltrey is to feature alongside friend and actor Sir Michael Caine in an upcoming documentary about the Swinging Sixties called My Generation, named after The Who hit of that name
Sir Michael recently said that revolutionary decade can offer an example to those hoping for a better future after leaving the EU.
Daltrey has himself been a vocal supporter of Brexit, saying he was anti-EU rather than anti-Europe. ‘We are getting out, and when the dust settles I think that it’ll be seen that it’s the right thing for this country to have done.’ Previously he had described the EU as ‘undemocratic and highly dysfunctional’.
Last year he let rip at ‘immoral’ ticket touts who re-sell seats for charity concerts at rip-off prices online.
The Who singer said that the abuse was ‘damaging’ to the music industry, fans and charities and should be outlawed.
He hit out after touts snapped up thousands of tickets costing between £10 and £40 for an Ed Sheeran cancer charity gig, only to put them up for sale for thousands of pounds.