The Who will star in a music spectacular marking the passing of the Olympic Torch from London to Rio de Janeiro, according to London’s Sunday Mirror which says the band was invited by Take That producer Kim Gavin who is planning the closing event.
Although the paper didn’t directly quote anyone from The Who or the Olympic committee regarding the band’s appearance, the newspaper did cite a source close to the group saying, “when you’ve been around as long as The Who it can seem like you’ve seen and done it all.
“But the opportunity to play the biggest show on earth was too good to turn down, and Roger and Pete are delighted to be involved.”
The Olympics is scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 12, 2012 in London. The year also marks The Who’s 50th anniversary.
The newspaper also said the Olympics gig “is likely to follow a major world tour” by the band. In July Pete Townshend wrote on his blog that the band would tour next year performing its 1973 album Quadrophenia in its entirety.