Sadly, madcap drummer Keith Moon did just that way back in 1978 after succumbing to two years of boozing, drug abuse and general hell-raising.
Twenty-two years on, the three surviving members of The Who, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, were back in Newcastle for the first time in a quarter of a century.
Billed as The Greatest Hits Tour, from the moment 1965's I Can't Explain roared from the speakers, we knew we were in for a whirlwind tour of rocks greatest moments.
The classics flowed thick and fast: Substitute, Anyway Anywhere Anyhow, Pinball Wizard, Who Are You and Baba O'Reilly, thrilled the 10,000 thirtysomethings who'd flocked to the Arena.
The Who were all about raw power and even in 2000, the grand old men of rock still have the ability to roll back the years.
Lean and mean, Roger Daltrey proved he can still hit all the notes and looked 36, not 56, while guitarist Pete Townshend thrashed and windmilled like a man possessed.
The show climaxed with a cataclysmic Won't Get Fooled Again complete with laser beams, showing why The Who are one of the greatest bands in rock history.
And yes, they did play My Generation!