Daltrey 'kept going by bacteria and yeast'

He has been rocking for over 40 years and now Roger Daltrey has revealed his secret: a jelly-like mixture of bacteria and yeast.

The Who frontman, 62, says Kombucha, tipped 2,000 years ago to give warriors energy in battle, keeps him going.

Most commonly taken as a yeast and bacteria tea, fans say the brown and slimy fungus detoxifies, purifies and protects the immune system.

Today the former wildman told Virgin radio that The Who’s tours and travelling took their toll.

He admitted: “It’s things like Kombucha and anything to keep you going.

“The shows are easy. It’s the schlepping that gets hard.”

He reassured fans that he still loved the job, adding: “To be doing it at my age, this is brilliant.

“You know, I could be going and working at some car factory or some call centre… There’s people working there, no disrespect to them, but that would drive me insane.”

Kombucha’s use was first recorded in China during the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC and was said to be used for immortality.

The health supplement, a mixture of live bacteria and yeast, is increasingly grown by people in their own homes and cultivated and fermented into a tea.

Some top beauty clinics recommend their clients drink it and put it on their faces with steam treatments.

Daltrey’s admission came as he helped announce this year’s concerts for the Teenage Concert Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.

Performers will include Noel Gallagher with The View, Kasabian, and The Who and the concert will raise funds for teenage cancer units.

The rocker, who launched the first Trust gig seven years ago, said: “We’re not as loud as we used to be but if you like The Who it’s a great place to see us.”

He added: “The British pop scene now, and music scene, is the healthiest it’s been I think since the 60s.

"It’s absolutely fantastic and the quality of the music and the originality of the song-writing is fantastic.”

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