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Pete Townshend Leaves During Encore at Who Tour Kickoff

Guitarist walked off at Florida show without telling bandmates

November 2, 2012 3:00 PM ET
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Pete Townshend of The Who performs in Sunrise, Florida.
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Pete Townshend walked off the stage during the encore at a Who show in Sunrise, Florida, yesterday, WPTV reports. The guitarist left during "You Better You Bet" without letting his bandmates know. The show kicked off the Who's first tour in four years.

Before leaving, Townshend appeared to be unhappy with the sound monitors onstage, yelling they were "too loud" before walking off. The 67-year-old has dealt with hearing problems over the past two decades. The band continued into "Baba O' Riley" before ending the show. Townshend didn't reappear.

Townshend's brother Simon said on Twitter, "Pete walked off tonight because it was too loud. Was a good show but had some technical problems."

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