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The Who at Live Aid (Wembley Stadium, UK)
July 13th, 1985 @ 8:00 PM

The transatlantic broadcast from Wembley Stadium suffered technical problems and failed during The Who’s performance of their song 'My Generation', immediately after Roger Daltrey sang “Why don’t you all fade…” (the last word was cut off when a blown fuse caused the Wembley stage TV feed to temporarily fail). The Who were playing with Kenney Jones on drums, who was still an official member of the band at this time, although this was their first performance since they’d officially disbanded after their 1982 ‘farewell’ tour. The Who’s performance included an at times chaotic but still blistering version of 'Won't Get Fooled Again', which was extremely popular with the audience in Wembley Stadium. The band’s performance was described as “rough but right” by Rolling Stone magazine. (via)

During The Who’s set, a red warning light at the front of the stage flashed to alert the band that their time was up. In response, Pete Townshend stepped on the warning light, broke it, and the band played for five extra minutes. (via)

❝ It was rather like getting one man’s four ex-wives together. 
Bob Geldof on persuading The Who to play Live Aid

❝ I watched the Who from the side of the stage and it was obvious they weren’t getting on very well with each other. Sparks were flying - it was actually quite exciting. 
Brian May

❝ We always said we’d never play together again. We always meant it. But it would have been kind of difficult not to get together again for this day. 
Pete Townshend

1. My Generation / Pinball Wizard
2. Love, Reign o’er Me
3. Won’t Get Fooled Again

(via hellyeahthewho)