The Who kicked off their Quadrophenia tour in front of a packed crowd Thursday night (Nov. 1) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. However, the biggest story coming out of the show was guitarist Pete Townshend leaving early.

Although he played for most of the set (he only missed one song during the encore, “Baba O’ Riley”), fans left the arena wondering what went wrong that forced the guitarist’s early exit. Now we have a clearer picture of what prompted the quick retreat.

Stemming from the famous incident early in The Who’s career where Pete Townshend, now age 67, was nearly blown to pieces by Keith Moon’s elaborate exploding-drumset, the guitarist has long been a sufferer of tinnitus, a chronic and incurable ringing in the ears.

Pete’s aural condition proved to be his undoing Thursday night, according to his brother Simon.

The Who’s official website confirmed Simon Townshend’s tweet, but insisted that it “will be sorted out for the next shows.” There were no reported incidents at Saturday’s Who concert in Orlando.

– Andrew Celani, WZLX 


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