[pullquote type=right][counter num_start=”0″ num_end=”72″ num_suffix=”%” num_speed=”2500″ num_color=”#9b59b6″ text_above=”Grumpy-old-git-meter”][/pullquote]The Who have posted on their website how last month’s Glastonbury performance was far from smooth sailing, in fact the bands ‘show report’ is a real insight into the backstage shenanigans at the festival, including the revelation that they weren’t originally on the bill: “Not many know that we were a last-months addition to the show, replacing Prince who decided not to come this year” said the band.
One fact that really stands out is the reported ‘sabotaging’ of their stage setup. After loading in the bands equipment at 6am, the band then left their equipment set up and ready backstage. The blog then goes on to state: “As we began to prepare our coming changeover, we found someone had sabotaged the carefully-tested audio connections for much of our gear.” Being the old pro’s that they are, they dug deep and got on with it, “we’re good at plugging things in, so all damage was repaired in time.”
That wasn’t the end of the drama though, as once on stage the band realized something wasn’t quite right with the sound: “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.”
[image type=”rounded” float=”left” src=”https://donobo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/thewhoautographs.jpg” alt=”The Who logo”]
The abysmal sound led to Pete and Roger embarking on a little stage rearranging and promptly started with Zak’s drum screens: “Pete decided the clear sound screens in front of Zak’s drums were in the way, and violently pulled them over onto his amps… Late in the show, Roger decided he wanted ALL the screens off the drums… then Rog decided he didn’t want them taken down! And within a song, he walked right over and then pulled them off himself. Go figure!”
All in all Pete felt it was one of the worst shows the band had ever played, but went on to apologize for his behaviour. At least we know he cares right? Tom Kenny,The Who’s lighting director said, “I watched as I lit up the audience and Pete was taken back. I’ve witnessed the Glastonbury crowds five times before – and this was ridiculous!” Big bands bring big crowds.
Story: The Rock My World team.
Photo: The Who.