Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will bring The Who to Australia to open the 2009 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Over the years, The Australian Grand Prix has featured acts like Deep Purple and Kiss. George Harrison was an annual visitor to the event.

“Few bands can lay claim to being among rock royalty, but British rock gods The Who must surely feature on any list of the best bands of all-time,” said Zara Lawless, Acting CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

“Last year, an estimated 65,000 people stuck around after the big race to see a full, two-hour concert extravaganza from KISS. If you thought that was big, I urge you to get along to next year’s Grand Prix to be part of an event that people will talk about for years to come.”

Promoter Andrew McManus said, “After the tremendous success of last year I wanted to present a band that was just as exciting and dynamic on stage, so we can continue the momentum of the spectacular F1 race straight into one of the world’s leading acts.

“I had the opportunity of watching The Who headline the O2 festival in Ireland last year and was blown away by not only Roger Daltrey's vocals, but just the sheer magic coming off the stage from Pete Townshend and the rest of the band. The 2009 Australian Grand Prix can only get bigger and better with the inclusion of The Who!”

The Who will perform at the Grand Prix on Sunday, March 29 2009.