Did Someone Sabotage The Who’s Equipment?

Did someone try to sabotage the Who's headlining performance on June 28 at Britain's famed Glastonbury Festival?

That's the contention of one of the band's crew members, who posted a blog on the Who's official web site explaining that, "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, and we're good at plugging things in, so all damage was prepared in time. Was it Mr. (Paul) Weller or Lionel (Richie), no way. Dalai Lama -- hmmm...he did steal the show already.

Pete Townshend has referred to the show as "one of the very worst the band had ever played," but the blogger felt otherwise: "Pete mentioned to everyone that they'd hoped to be 'better' musically, and mentioned the lack of a sound check, but it likely wouldn't have mattered much. It just sounded weird up there, and there were odd echoes making the timings sound off much of the time -- leading the musicians all over the place. Our sound and light experts felt it really worked, with one of the most fervent audiences we've ever had, and zillions of them going nuts, living the music as they sang and jumped and waved arms...This crowd of 20-30-somethings was not waiting to be entertained; they were part of the entertainment."

The blogger also revealed, for the first time, that the Who were brought in to replace Prince, who was Glastonbury's original choice to close the festival.

The Who is currently on a break from its Who Hits 50! Anniversary tour, which kicks up again on September 14 in San Diego.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.