The Who's Roger Daltrey Calls Out Fans For Smoking Pot During Concert

By David Konow 05/21/19

In a colorful tirade, the legendary singer told the audience he was allergic to marijuana. 

The Who's Roger Daltrey

When you go to a rock concert, the air would be filled with pot smoke. But Roger Daltrey of The Who has made it patently clear that he is not a fan of audience members smoking pot while he is performing.

As High Times reports, The Who was playing Madison Square Garden on their Moving On! Tour, when Daltrey spotted fans smoking pot in the audience. He called them out from the stage.

“I’ve got to tell you, all the ones smoking grass down in the front there, I’m totally allergic to it.”

At first, the audience thought he was joking, but Daltrey emphatically stated, “I’m not kidding. Whoever it is down there, you fucked my night.”

Daltrey explained that he’s “allergic to that shit,” and he made a bizarre slurping noise to explain what marijuana does to his voice. “It sucks up. So fuck you.”

At a Who concert in 2015, Daltrey threatened to leave the stage because there was too much pot smoke in the audience. He told the crowd, “My voice is shutting down,” and one critic who reviewed the show noticed the difference the pot allergies made on his voice.

As it turns out, Daltrey isn’t the first lead singer to call out members of the audience for smoking weed. As Metal Underground reports, in 2008, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden singled out an audience member who was smoking pot and told him, “Would you please put that fucking thing out. I really hate the stink of that. My lungs are trying to work up here, dude.”

Professional singers of course have to be protective of their voices, and many of them have strict rules written into their contracts against dry ice and other chemicals being used on stage.

Allergies to cannabis are reportedly not common, but there are people like Daltrey who are indeed allergic to it. This allergy can include symptoms similar to hay fever, and can also cause sinus congestion and nausea.

In some extreme cases, people can have an allergic reaction just from touching cannabis plants, and as High Times explains, this allergy is similar to dermatitis, where you can develop red, dry, itchy skin and hives.

In the most severe cases, people with cannabis allergies can develop anaphylactic shock, which can lead to your airways closing and potential suffocation.

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.