Roger on the mend.

In Simon's Blog by Simon Townshend9 Comments

Firstly, I have to say I spoke with Roger today and although he has really been through it lately he sounds like he may have turned a corner and is finally on the road to recovery. Thank you to all the fans who have been in touch today and over the past few weeks wishing him well and for the understanding re the postponement of The Who’s US tour, despite your obvious disappointment. Believe me, no one is more upset than the band themselves particularly Roger. Today he said, “We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery but that I should not do any touring this year.”

My brother Pete fully supports him and added, “We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016. We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember.”

With regard to my own ST solo shows, I am very much looking forward to playing these and will do everything I can to go ahead with them in the light of today’s announcement. Myself, Lisa Climie, Bob Kowalski and Kathy Van Tassell (the ST team) are already working on the logistics involved to achieve this, not least finding out which side of the Atlantic my guitars are currently. I will keep the updates and news about the shows coming over the next few days. Stay tuned….


  1. Hi Simon, it’s good to know that poor Roger is on the mend. As you say, he’s obviously really been through it. I’m sure he’s taken everything in his stride and with grace – as much as possible anyway.
    Of course we all miss him very much.
    I do – I met Roger when he went to Whitley Bay last month for the film festival. I was lucky enough to meet him and he hugged me! Please send him my love if you can- I will write very soon. X

  2. Thank you Simon for being a great rhythm section for the band and being there for your mates officially since 2002. Hope to see in Canada in 2016

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  4. Good news that Roger , getting better , my grandson has just been in hospital , and as i write this, still is Simon , he suddenly started having a few seizures and fits , so was rushed into hospital , he is 6 months old , so it a little different than with Roger, he had to have a lumber-puncture, , and the hospital ruled out meningitis, he now has to go to have a couple of scans EEG and MRI, we are all hoping all is o.k., at this time the hospital think it may be epilepsy, not a good time all around Si.

  5. I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again – well wishes to him while he recovers. I just see it as it keeps the excitement going – The Who tour into their 6th decade! 😉

  6. You’ve put things in perfect perspective Simon. Please tell Pete and Rog we understand and look forward to his complete recovery. You are a good man Simon ,always and forever.

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