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Wednesday
Feb062013

The Who Tapped Fill-In Drummer on Tuesday After Zak Starkey Was Taken Ill

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who had to scramble to find a musician to fill in for Zak Starkey on Tuesday when the drummer fell ill just a few hours before the band's concert at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.  Luckily, Who singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend were able to call on Scott Devours, who played drums on Daltrey's solo "Tommy" tour a couple of years back.

According to a post on the group's official website, Devours did a "magnificent" job, after only having two hours to rehearse The Who's classic 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia.  The message also points out that Scott "performed the 'greatest hits' encore with no rehearsal at all."

At the end of the concert, Townshend reportedly gave a heartfelt tribute to Devours.  Daltrey, meanwhile, says in a statement, "Quadrophenia's not an easy piece.  To do what Scotty did took real guts."

Photos from the show can be viewed at The Who.com, while fan-filmed videos from the concert have made their way onto YouTube.

Strangely, this isn't the first time the Who have had to replace their drummer at the last minute at a California concert while they were touring Quadrophenia.  In San Francisco in 1973, during the original tour for that album, Keith Moon passed out on stage.  When Pete asked if anyone out there in the audience could play drums, a fan named Scot Halpin got on stage and finished the show.

By the way, TheWho.com reports that Starkey's illness is "nothing serious."

The Who's "Quadrophenia and More" Tour continues tonight in Glendale, Arizona.

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