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Pete Townshend's Smashed Guitar Fetches $84,000


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The Who guitarist, who had a tendency to smash his instruments during the band's early years, destroyed the Rickenbacker during their 25th anniversary tour in 1989.

He writes in a statement, "In the first years of work with The Who in 1964 and 1965 I smashed about 7 Rickenbackers, but never another until 1989, and the one offered here is the only one to survive, even in pieces... I will never smash another Rickenbacker again, and certainly never mount one as a trophy in this way."

The smashed pieces were collected by his guitar technician and made into an art installation, which was sold with a signed working guitar of the same model, which Townshend also used during the tour.

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Roger Daltrey Prepared For Death As He Battled Meningitis


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The 71-year-old rocker pulled out of a charity gig and dates on The Who's 50th anniversary tour after he was struck down with the potentially deadly illness.

Roger has now revealed he spent four weeks in hospital as he battled the condition, and he was convinced he was going to die.

"I crawled into the hospital on my hands and knees," he tells Britain's The Sun newspaper. "I started talking gobbledygook (nonsense), I couldn't get anyone's name right and my legs went all funny. I virtually stopped working... It was touch and go there for a few days. I've never known pain like it.

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The Who Concert Victims Honoured With Memorial


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The band's show in the city on 3 December, 1979 was marred by tragedy when 11 revellers were killed in a crush at the Riverfront Coliseum venue.

Relatives of the victims gathered on Thursday (03Dec15), exactly 36 years after the disaster, to light candles and watch as Mayor John Cranley unveiled a tribute plaque at the site, which is now the U.S. Bank Arena.

"It's a sad, historic occasion," Cranley declared. "I believe in music, I believe in progress, but we can't move forward without remembering...

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Coldplay To Headline Glastonbury For Record Fourth Time


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Coldplay are reportedly set to headline Glastonbury for the fourth time.

The 'A Sky Full of Stars' hitmakers are said to have been signed up by organiser Michael Eavis to close the legendary music festival on the Sunday night, making them the first ever act to headline more than three times.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Michael likes getting things sorted as early as possible and having a solid, reliable Sunday headline act to send people home happy is a massive part of the booking process.

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Glastonbury Sells Out In 32 Minutes


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Tickets to Glastonbury sold out in 32 minutes.

More than 118,000 tickets to the annual music festival were sold in less than half an hour on Sunday (04.10.15) with eager fans snapping up the chance to secure their place at the world-renowned event.

A spokesperson said: ''We have, once again, been staggered by the sheer number of people from around the world who hoped to come to the festival, with demand significantly outstripping supply.''

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Isle Of Wight Filmmaker Wants To Revisit Definitive Festival Movie


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The director was not a fan of Michael Wadleigh's coverage of the 1969 music festival, because it suggests the event was all love, peace and hippies - and he'd like to show the clash of music industry and idealism that he saw at the Isle of Wight event in 1970.

Lerner, who has released concert films featuring Jimi Hendrix and The Who's performances at the Isle of Wight, has just released a DVD/Blu-Ray called What's Going On, which captures Rory Gallagher and Taste's show-stopping set at the festival - and he still has hundreds of hours of footage.

He tells WENN, "Message to Love got lost in the distribution and rights issues. I'd like to make the definitive festival movie. I'm hoping to. It was a very rich culture that I was able to capture in that movie because of my feelings about what had been missing in Woodstock and other films like that.

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The Who To Pick Up Postponed Hits Tour In February


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The Who HITS 50! dates will recommence in Detroit, Michigan in February (16) and include stops in Toronto, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, before wrapping in Las Vegas on 29 May (16).

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The Who Postpone Tour


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The Who have postponed their North American tour.

The 'Baba O'Riley' hitmakers have made the difficult decision to cancel their remaining shows after a doctor confirmed lead singer Roger Daltrey has been struck down with viral Meningitis.

Roger said: ''We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis.

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The Who Cancels U.S. Tour Dates After Roger Daltrey Diagnosed With Viral Meningitis


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The Who have cancelled the rest of their dates in the U.S. leg of their 50th anniversary world tour as Roger Daltrey is ill with viral meningitis. The British rock band announced their decision to postpone the dates on their website on Friday (18th September).

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Janet Jackson Cancels Iheartradio Festival Due To Ear Issue


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The Nasty icon was scheduled to hit the stage alongside Jennifer Lopez, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton and The Weeknd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but has had to axe her set because of ear issues.

A representative for the singer tells Billboard.com, "Due to a recent ear issue preventing her from flying, she is not able to perform at the festival."

Her show in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday (18Sep15) is still scheduled to take place, and she'll be back in Las Vegas for shows on the 9 and 10 October (15).

Glastonbury Festival 2015 - Day 5

Pete Townshend and The Who - Glastonbury Festival 2015 - Day 5 - Performances at Glastonbury Festival - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Sunday 28th June 2015

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Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015 - Performances

The Who and Roger Daltrey - Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015 - Performances - The Who at Hyde Park - London, United Kingdom - Friday 26th June 2015

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The Who's Roger Daltrey And Friends Help Raise Money For Teen Cancer America At L.A Art Fundraiser

Siobhan Fahey - The best of British and U.S. contemporary art joined forces for an unforgettable night to raise money for Teen Cancer America, a charity founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend who improve the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 29th October 2014

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The Who Perform To A Sold-out Crowd At Ziggo Dome

The Who and Roger Daltrey - The Who perform to a sold-out crowd at Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Friday 5th July 2013

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