Personalities | The Who | Reunited & Revitalized (2004) | Key Events
Third Time At The Isle Of Wight
The Isle of Wight Festival had resumed in 2002 after a break of 32 years, and The Who returned to play their third gig there on 12 June 2004. The 35,000-strong audience was far smaller than the 600,000 that had witnessed their last visit to the island in 1970. A strong supporting bill, including Manic Street Preachers and Jet, meant that they needed to be at the top of their game. The band did not disappoint – proving that they could still command and satisfy large outdoor audiences as well as indoor arenas.
Japan And Australia
The Who played 19 shows in 2004, and after the Isle Of Wight Festival flew to Japan to perform their first ever shows in the country. As part of the Pacific Rim tour they played two shows in Japan (one in Yokohama and the other in Osaka, sharing the bill with Aerosmith). They followed this with three shows in Australia, two in Hawaii and two in California. The Australian shows marked a return to the country that Townshend had vowed never to revisit after their treatment at the hands of the media and politicians in 1968.
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