Veteran rockers The Who had the honor of closing the Glastonbury Festival last month. In the latest controversy to hit the iconic festival The Who have claimed that they had no intention of playing at Glastonbury this year. In sensational claims On The Who’s website, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey state that they were only booked to play at Glastonbury after Prince pulled out at the last moment. The Who themselves cancelled a show in Paris to play at Glastonbury.
According to UTV The Who admitted that “not many know that we were a last-months addition to the show, replacing Prince who decided not to come this year.” If The Who’s claims are true, then this would be the second year in a row that Prince has pulled out of the world’s most important festival. Last year, the pint-sized pop star pulled out at the last moment and was replaced by rock band Kasabian.
The claim that they replaced Prince was not the only sensational claim made by The Who regarding their Glastonbury slot. According to the Mirror, The Who have also claimed that their equipment was sabotaged before their Glastonbury appearance. The Who’s performance at Glastonbury was screened live by the BBC and, during their performance, it was clear that they were very unhappy with the quality of the sound. Roger Daltrey could be seen gesturing and mouthing words to the sound engineer, and at one point he threw a screen placed in front of the drum kit to the floor.
The Who have said, “as we began to prepare our coming changeover, we found someone had sabotaged the carefully-tested audio connections for much of our gear.”
“We’ve never seen that before, but we’re good at plugging things in, so all damage was repaired in time.”
Pete Townshend even went so far as to claim that The Who’s performance at Glastonbury was amongst the “very worst” in the band’s entire history. According to Contact Music The Who’s onstage issues combined to ensure that The Who were far from happy with their Glastonbury performance. Townshend claimed the performance was “one of the very worst the band had ever played.”
It has been reported that Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis has already booked the headline acts for next year’s Glastonbury festival. If The Who’s claims that Prince pulled out or the festival at the last moment are correct, then it is unlikely that he will be amongst the headliners.
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