It's been nearly 40 years since the Aussie PM ordered the band never to return...

THE WHO have announced they will tour Australia in July – almost 40 years after they were ordered by the then-PRIME MINISTER never to return.

During their Big Show Tour in 1968, the band were escorted off an internal flight from Adelaide to Melbourne along with members of touring buddies the [a][/a] after the pilot radioed ground control reporting that the musicians had brought beer on to the flight and were using “very bad language”.

The bands were finally given permission to fly on to Sydney and were escorted on to a connecting flight to New Zealand. Then-Prime Minister John Gorton sent The Who a telegram asking them never to come back to the country, but ex-Manfred Mann frontman Paul Jones – who was also part of the tour – told newspapers; “We didn’t know there were rules forbidding liquor. All the girl had to do was to ask us to stop drinking the beer but she didn’t.”


After the Prime Ministers comments, The Who‘s guitarist Pete Townshend was especially adamant that the band would never return to tour Australia again.

Tickets will officially go on sale next Thursday (April 22), however fans can find out more about online presale tickets this weekend at [url=] The band will be supported by Aussie legends You Am I at all shows.

Dates are as follows:

Sydney Entertainment Centre (July 28, 29)

Melbourne Vodaphone Arena (July 31, August 1, 2)

Sydney Entertainment Centre (4)


Tickets will be available from Ticketek at [url=]