By Steve Elliott
The Who's Roger Daltrey on Wednesday night threatened to cancel a concert at Nassau Coliseum, saying he'd walk off stage if someone smoking marijuana near the stage didn't stop.
Daltrey claims he has an allergy to cannabis smoke that affects his throat and singing voice, a condition the band emphasized during the informational slides it projected before the show, reports Glenn Gamboa at Newsday.
Daltrey ultimately confronted the audience member who was toking up; the fan seems to have obliged and the show continued as planned.
"Over the course of The Who's 50 years as a band, you'd think frontman Roger Daltrey would have built up a tolerance to cannabis smoke," wrote Philip Cosores at Radio.com.
"After all, he has performed in weed-filled halls throughout the stony '60s up to present day when weed is practically legal," Cosores wrote. "It is surprising to hear that the singer is not so accommodating to people that want to get high while they watch his band."
A fan video which surfaced shows guitarist Pete Townshend suggesting that a pot smoker stick it in his rear, saying "it is the quickest way!"
Photo of Roger Daltrey: WBAB