Meningitis forces The Who to postpone show at Target Center


Legendary British rockers The Who have been forced to postpone their upcoming concert at Target Center because frontman Roger Daltrey contracted viral meningitis.

The band announced on Friday it would be postponing all remaining dates on its 50th anniversary tour of North America, "The Who Hits 50!" – including its Oct. 10 show in Minneapolis.

"We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way," Daltrey said. "For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis."

It comes after Daltrey found out the "mystery illness" that caused the postponement of four shows earlier in the tour actually turned out to be meningitis, which requires a lengthy period of rest.

The band pushed back the tour until spring, with new dates to be announced in the coming months. All tickets bought for next month's gig will be honored for the rescheduled date.

"I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover," Daltrey said. "The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year."

Guitarist Pete Townshend added: "Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."

The Star Tribune notes that The Who have been regular visitors to the Twin Cities, performing at the Xcel in St. Paul in 2006 before shows at Target Center in 2011 and 2012.

Viral meningitis

Meningitis causes the inflammation of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, but according to WebMD, viral meningitis is more common and less serious than bacterial meningitis.

It tends to to occur during the summer and fall and has symptoms similar to the flu.

The CDC says people with viral meningitis tend to get better on their own without treatment, though complications could arise that may require anti-viral drugs.

Those with bacterial meningitis on the other hand need urgent medical care, as it can lead to serious complications including brain damage, hearing loss, learning disabilities, and possibly death.

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