Roger Daltrey Would Have “Welcomed Death” During Meningitis Battle

by Alisha Jackson

In a new interview, Roger Daltrey of the Who admits that he would have welcomed death during his battle with meningitis. Thankfully, he didn’t have to.

“I’m not bulls******* you; the meningitis last year took quite a heavy toll on me physically,” Daltrey tells Rolling Stone. “My legs aren’t good. My feet aren’t good. But I think being able to manage it with the adrenaline of the show, that’s all the matters. It’s two hours of losing myself and forgetting about my feet.”

Despite coming dangerously close to death, Daltrey looks back on his illness in a positive light. “When I look back at it I’m so lucky to be here,” he says. “I got a peace of mind out of it that I’ve never had before. That’s kind of nice.”

“When you get a shave as close as that from the reaper, you go … It’s weird. I was totally peaceful,” he reflects. “If death would have come, I would have welcomed it. It was weird. I was in such agony. But then it all went, and I felt this very peaceful space. … I don’t know, it was weird. That’s the one thing I remember as clear as day, that feeling. And any time I get stressed now, I just think of that and the worries go away.”

The Who just wrapped up their re-scheduled The Who Hits 50! U.S. tour dates, and will return back to the states for the Desert Trip festival this October.

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