The Who legend Roger Daltrey has revealed he is “very, very deaf”.
The rocker made the confession during a solo show, adding that he now relies on lip-reading and wears large in-ear monitors to follow the music at live gigs.
Daltrey, 74, told the crowd: “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.”
Daltrey said he wanted to keep gigging “for a long time”, adding: “I am lucky to be doing what I do – so thank you.”
Despite his medical issues, the Who singer delivered pitch-perfect performances of hits including I Can See For Miles and The Real Me at the Hard Rock Resort in Las Vegas,
Daltrey admitted he missed Jimi Hendrix and Doors singer Jim Morrison.
He said: “Those people aren’t here any more… what am I doing here?
“And these days everybody thinks that they have thousands and millions of friends on this anti-social media.
“But in the end as you get older, your friends do die and there is nothing you can do about it. Your real friends are … the ones by your side.”
Bandmate Pete Townshend also “wears two hearing aids”, Daltrey has claimed.
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