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The Who returns to Australia after 40 year absence

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The Who returns to Australia after 40 year absence

Post by shammy on Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:58 pm

MORE than 40 years after PM John Gorton told them they were never again welcome in Australia, British rockers The Who are back.While fast cars will be the common link between the band and the Australian F1 opener, it was an incident on board a flight in 1968 that led to the former PM's order.

Though tame by most wild rock'n roll antics of the era, the band was blasted for taking beer on board the plane, using bad language and upsetting the Ansett cabin crew, during the flight from Adelaide to Melbourne en route to New Zealand.

Police met the band - lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon - at Essendon airport before escorting them on a different Ansett flight across the Tasman.

But the damage was done and Mr Gorton later telegrammed the band, telling them never to set foot in Australia again.

On Monday, surviving members Daltrey and Townshend (Moon died from a drugs overdose in 1978 while Entwistle suffered a fatal heart attack in 2002) arrived in Melbourne for their Sunday night Grand Prix gig, regretting their lengthy absence.


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