Australia Proves Hostile To Who

The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones get kicked off an Australian flight

Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
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March 9, 1968

Three English rock and roll groups – The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones – were thrown off a plane in the middle of their Australian tour. On a flight from Adelaide to Sydney, the airliner landed at Melbourne and the groups were taken off and held for three hours before they were allowed to proceed, accompanied by two security men.

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The bands, it was claimed, had "insulted a passenger, drunk beer and made a hostess cry." But Jones stated that the hostess had served other passengers but ignored the musicians. "The pilot told us to stop swilling beer," he said, "but we did not know there was a law forbidding liquor aboard the plane."

The Who will be appearing in the States later this month, including a three-day stand at the Fillmore Auditorium over the Washington's Birthday weekend.

This story is from the March 9th, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.

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