The Who's Roger Daltrey Warns Fans To Wear Earplugs

14 March 2018, 10:47 | Updated: 14 March 2018, 11:33

The Who's Roger Daltrey in 2017

The My Generation singer has revealed to fans on stage that he's "very very deaf" and relies on lip-reading.

Roger Daltrey has confessed he is now "very, very deaf".

The Who legend urged rock 'n' roll fans to wear earplugs to live shows, as he revealed the extent of the damage done to his hearing through more than 50 years of playing with the iconic British band.

As The Mirror reports, addressing the crowd at a solo concert at the Hard Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Daltrey made reference to his his in-ear monitors, saying: "The trouble with these ear things that I wear is that I am very, very deaf. And I advise you all - all you rock-and-roll fans - take your f***ing ear plugs to the gigs. If only we had known when we were young ... we are lip-reading."

Despite the effect performing live and going to shows has had on his hearing, the 74-year-old star told his fans he still wants to keep playing "for a long time".

He added: "I am lucky to be doing what I do - so thank you."


Watch a clip of Roger Daltrey playing his Las Vegas residency here:

Daltrey and bandmate Pete Townshend have both suffered with hearing problems over the years, with the My Generation singer claiming the band's guitarist "wears two hearing aids" due to the damage caused by a lifetime of rock.

Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2011, Daltrey claimed: "Pete is almost stone deaf. He deafened himself in the recording studio, and when we last performed he had to stand right next to the speakers to hear anything. I don't know what Pete will do. I don't want to do a tour and have him end up completely deaf."

Pete, 72, has been open about his hearing struggles and the fact he suffers from tinnitus - a ringing in the ears - and admitted that he has to protect his hearing so he can continue to make music and play live.

The songwriter shared: "I don't have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus."


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