The Who rock the Isle of Wight festival

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 June 2016
The Who

The Who's Roger Daltrey

The Who rocked the Isle of Wight Festival, playing some of their best-known hits in front of an adoring crowd

The Who rocked the Isle of Wight Festival with a spectacular greatest hits set on Saturday night (11.06.16).

Festival-goers got their money's worth as the iconic group - comprised of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend - performed for over two hours.

The group were joined on stage by Pete's younger brother Simon Townshend, who performed a solo set earlier on in the day.

They kicked off their spectacular show, which celebrated 50 years of the band - who formed in 1964 - with 'Who Are You', before playing fan favourites 'Pinball Wizard', 'My Generation', 'The Kids Are Alright' and closing with 'Won't Get Fooled Again'.

Earlier in the day Roger, 72, treated the press to the first official tasting of his new champagne called Cuvée Roger Daltrey.

He said: "I am very excited to have this opportunity to express my passion for champagne through this limited edition Cuvee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do."

Meanwhile, Spandu Ballet's Gary Kemp and The Corrs' Andrea Corr performed 'Starman' in a touching tribute to late music legend David Bowie - who passed away in January following a secret battle with cancer - as 20,000 audience members donned Ziggy Stardust masks in his honour.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz backstage, Gary said: "It was quite scary, you know. Andrea and I hadn't met before and we were playing on stage. We had only run the track back once.

"It was emotional because David is gone and there were all of these people wearing masks there and singing a hymn to David Bowie's life. Also because as a 13-year-old boy in 1973, that was a song that first introduced me to David and changed my life. David has guided everybody and his legacy is the complete history of rock since."

The day also saw Iggy Pop, Richard Ashcroft, The Kills, The Dammed, Buzzcocks and Adam Ant perform.

Ashcroft ended his set with his band The Verve's biggest hit 'Bitter Sweet Symphony', which he dedicated to late manager Allen Klein, who notoriously managed to earn the Rolling Stones millions by getting Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards a songwriting credit on the 1997 hit.

On Sunday night (12.06.16), Queen with Adam Lambert will close the festival held at Seaclose Park in Newport.

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