The Who's Roger Daltrey Reveals Cancer Scare

Who frontman Roger Daltrey revealed that, just before the band were set to play at the Super Bowl last year, he came face to face with his own mortality.

The Who's Roger Daltrey Reveals Cancer Scare
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In an interview with CBS Los Angeles, Who frontman Roger Daltrey revealed that, just before the band were set to play at the Super Bowl last year, he came face to face with his own mortality. Suddenly my voice wasn't behaving in a normal way. It was becoming hard work to sing, Daltrey recalled. Daltrey sought out the care of Dr. Steven Zeitels, Director of the Mass General Voice Center and professor at Harvard Medical School. Zeitels had previously treated such high-profile patients as Steven Tyler and Julie Andrews. When he came in, said Zeitels, there were changes that were the typical ones we would see, but then there were other changes on his vocal chords evidence of pre-cancerous dysplasia. It could have been cancer. Daltrey was scheduled for surgery and underwent the knife the week before Christmas. I got depressed after surgery, during what I call the big silence, that's when I realized what it would be like to not have a voice, Daltrey said. I had two weeks of silence. Silence and no drinking. How's that for a good Christmas. So, you know, it was the strangest Christmas I've ever had. Fortunately for Daltrey, the problem was not cancer, but instead was caused by extreme voice use. What was great about it was that it was like the early days of rock and roll, said Daltrey. For me it's very much about, It might be the last time you do it, so give it all you got.' Thanks for the report to Michael Wright, Gibson.com.

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    RockNRollChaps1
    You know, when the deeply saddening (but inevitable) day comes when Mr. Daltrey leaves us, I think they should study his vocal cords. They could try to find out why his don't explode from emitting otherwise lethal amounts of awesome.
    jollyNZ
    glad he's all good, probaly 2nd best singer ive seen live IMO, 1st being Dio of coarse
    Reighnart
    Good thing he didn't blame his fans for his voice going. *cough* Mathew *cough* Sanders.
    playinbass1432
    The Earth Gods wrote: Extreme Voice Use wat the hell does that translate into exactly?
    His voice was really shot.
    Who66
    hmm, his voice was pretty rough sounding for a few years there, but considering the material he's been singing for 47 years, and how, it's phenomenal he's kept it to the extent he has. Now if only he and Pete would record the song "Write it in Lightning" that the Odds wrote for them...
    DoRaNcLaN
    He was & still is the man! To one of the Greatest Bands Ever!!! Cheers!!!
    FloyDZeD
    PeterPdeC wrote: I was honored to see him perform with Clapton last year. Great show, I love him.
    Same here. Great show all around, I was surprised at how little it seemed Daltrey's voice had changed over the years.
    sk8ter665
    I'm glad he's ok, but Roger not being able to speak for 2 weeks? It would be like hanging out with 1/3 of Tommy for Christmas!
    kmaster 1337
    No surprise considering the power of the notes he hits, he belts it. A perfect (co)frontman
    PeterPdeC
    I was honored to see him perform with Clapton last year. Great show, I love him.
    aerorocker101
    :O When I saw the thingy on the main page I screamed "WHAT!!??" I LOOOOOVE roger daltrey and to have a scare like that...just hurts
    MonsterOfRock
    Oh man, that scared me. Daltrey is as legendary as they come, can't bare the though of something bad happening to him. But yea, anyone seen him pull out "Love Reign o'er Me" would know exactly how much he gives it.
    Calvero
    Expected. A fella's vocal chords couldn't handle that much awesomeness.