Daltrey warns he’ll walk off stage because of marijuana smoke

The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey

The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey of The Who threatened to leave the stage in the middle of a concert in New York yesterday, after smelling marijuana.

The frontman told the Nassau Coliseum audience that “the show will be over” unless the person smoking stopped. “It’s your choice, I can’t do anything about it. I’m doing my best.” Here’s a video:

Daltrey told the fans he’s allergic to the smoke and that it interferes with his vocal performance. The fans began chanting “Eat It.”

According to the Long Island newspaper, Newsday: “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’.”

The Who’s Pete Townshend recently discussed his dislike of live performances, saying “I always feel very sad when I say this because I think I’m unusual in this respect. People don’t really believe me. But I don’t enjoy performing. I don’t feel uplifted on the stage. I rarely have moments these days onstage when I go into what jazz musicians call ‘the zone.’ I rarely lose myself on the stage.”

The Who will be the third and final headliner for Glastonbury 2015. The band – currently marking its 50th anniversary – will perform on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, June 28, and joining Kanye West and Foo Fighters on the bill.

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