The Who’s Roger Daltrey says you should “take your f**king earplugs” to gigs as he’s now “very, very deaf”

The Who‘s Roger Daltrey has warned fans of the importance of wearing earplugs to gigs, after decades of loud music have now left him “very, very deaf”.

The rock veteran was speaking at a solo show in Las Vegas, when he revealed that he relies of lip-reading.

“The trouble with these ear things that I wear is that I am very, very deaf,” he told the crowd, as The Mirror reports. “And I advise you all – all you rock-and-roll fans – take your fucking ear plugs to the gigs.


“If only we had known when we were young… we are lip-reading.”

However, he vowed to keep on performing “for a long time”.

“I am lucky to be doing what I do – so thank you,” he added.

Meanwhile, Daltrey is preparing to perform a headline show at one of his own Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall later this month – where he’ll be joined by Dr Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band, a supergroup that includes Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and Blur’s Graham Coxon performing Beatles covers. The event takes place on March 22. Tickets are on sale now.

“I’m very happy to welcome Muse’s Matt Bellamy who will be joining me on my night for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall,” said Daltrey. “Matt will be bringing his Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band including Blur’s Graham Coxon to belt out a set of Beatles classics. It’s their first UK show and will be great fun.”


The Who's Roger Daltrey
The Who’s Roger Daltrey

The Teenage Cancer Trust gig series turns 18 this year, with The Courteeners and Kasabian already announced to play shows on March 23 and March 24 respectively. Other acts set to play Teenage Cancer Trust shows include Nile Rodgers & Chic, Def Leppard, UB40 ft Ali, Astro and Mickey, plus an evening of comedy hosted by Russell Howard. Find more information here.