Roger Daltrey says he has his doubts whether the [lastfm]Who[/lastfm] will be able to continue on as a band due to the health issues both he and guitarist Pete Townshend have had to deal with recently.
The 66-year-old Daltrey has had issues with his voice, while the 64-year-old Townshend has had problems with his hearing. These conditions may spell the end of the band’s 46-year career.
Speaking with Uncut magazine, the Who frontman explained “Our bodies are beginning to give up on us. I’ve had voice problems in the past year that I’ve managed to sort out and I’m really enjoying singing again but you have to be realistic — I am 66 years old.”
On Townshend’s recurring tinnitus, a condition that causes a constant ringing in the ears, Daltrey said, “If carrying on is going to mean Pete going deaf, let’s stop now. Entering old age in a silent world — nothing is worth that.”
The two did manage to play live last month in London at Royal Albert Hall where Townshend tried out a new in-ear monitor system that is supposed to help him with his hearing issues.
Daltry said, however, “That might have been the last gig. I honestly don’t know. We’re trying to deal with issues that we have never dealt with before.”