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Pete Townshend leaves the stage at Who concert in Florida

November 02, 2012|By August Brown
  • The Who's Pete Townshend performs Thursday night in Sunrise, Fla., before walking off the stage.
The Who's Pete Townshend performs Thursday night in Sunrise, Fla.,… (Rick Diamond / Getty Images )

Pete Townshend, the Who guitarist famous for his windmill strums and battles with hearing loss, was apparently worried about the latter issue during the kickoff night of his band's latest tour.

At the end of his set in Sunrise, Fla., Townshend reportedly walked offstage during an encore performance of "You Better You Bet," gesturing to sound engineers that the on-stage monitors were too loud.

Townshend, 67, failed to return, even when the band played live staple "Baba O'Reilly" which closed the night.

The show marked the opening of the first Who tour in four years. On Twitter, Townshend's brother Simon wrote: "Pete walked off tonight because it was too loud. Was a good show but had some technical problems."

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