The Who claim they replaced Prince as Glastonbury headliners and that their set was ‘sabotaged’

Blog post on band's official website includes accusations of an unknown person altering their equipment

The Who have stated that their Glastonbury headline set was “sabotaged”, while claiming that they stepped in to replace Prince on the festival line-up.

The two claims come in a new blog written on the band’s official website. Responding to an enquiry from NME, a spokesperson for the group says the entry was written by a member of the band’s crew who often plays keyboards on stage.

Running down the events of the Sunday (June 28) on which they headlined the festival’s Pyramid Stage, the blog sees the author tell fans that “Not many know that we were a last-months addition to the show, replacing Prince who decided not to come this year.”

Meanwhile, it is also claimed that the band’s equipment was fiddled with by an unnamed saboteur. “As we began to prepare our coming changeover, we found someone had sabotaged the carefully-tested audio connections for much of our gear,” the blog reads. “We’ve never seen that before, but we’re good at plugging things in, so all damage was repaired in time. Was it Mr. Weller or Lionel, no way. Dalai Lama – hmmm…. he did steal the show already.”

The blog also goes into detail with the band’s own frustrations with their performance on the night, though not everyone agreed with Pete Townshend’s feeling that the gig was “one of the very worst the band had ever played”.

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“Pete mentioned to everyone that they’d hoped to be “better” musically, and mentioned the lack of a sound check, but it likely wouldn’t have mattered much. It just sounded weird up there, and there were odd echoes making the timings sound off much of the time – leading the musicians all over the place.”

“Our sound and light experts felt it really worked, with one of the most fervent audiences we’ve ever had, and zillions of them going nuts, living the music as they sang and jumped and waved arms. Compared to Hyde Park a few days ago, this crowd of 20-30-somethings was not waiting to be entertained; they were part of the entertainment.”

The Who headlined the Pyramid Stage on the final night of Glastonbury 2015 with a set that finished with guitarist Townshend taking a potshot at Saturday night headliner Kanye West.

Referring to West’s claim that he was “the greatest living rock star on the planet” during his set, Townshend described set-closer ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again” as “big and rebellious” before adding, “who’s the biggest rock star in the world?” to cheers from their crowd.