TheWho.comThe Who's Quadrophenia and More Tour got off to a rocking, although somewhat rocky, start on Thursday night in Sunrise, Florida. According to WPTV.com, the British rock legends gave a full performance of their classic 1973 concept album, Quadrophenia, and then began playing an encore featuring a selection of the band's other classic tunes. However, several songs into the finale, during a performance of "You Better You Better," founding guitarist Pete Townshend left the stage and did not return.
SouthFlorida.com reports that singer Roger Daltrey told the audience, "Pete's having guitar troubles," before the group muddled through a Townshend-less rendition of "Baba O'Riley" and then called it a night.
Apparently, Townshend's ongoing hearing issues were to blame for his early departure. WPTV.com reports that Pete yelled "too loud" as he left the stage.
In a post-concert Twitter message, Who touring guitarist Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, wrote, "Pete walked off tonight because it was too loud. [It] was a good show but had some technical problems."
Meanwhile, a recap of the gig posted on The Who's official site explained that Townshend's exit from the stage "was due to sound problems, which rendered the volume levels too high." The note also promised that the issues "will be sorted out for the next shows."
The Who's next concert takes place Saturday night in Orlando, Florida. Visit TheWho.com to check out all of the band's upcoming dates.
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