Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Roger Daltrey to perform The Who’s “Tommy” at Teenage Cancer Trust

The Teenage Cancer Trust has announced the line-up to its 11th annual week of music and comedy gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, and the highlight for Who fans will be a special performance by Roger Daltrey of The Who's 1969 rock opera “Tommy.”

The Thursday, March 24 performance will also feature Roger playing early hits, including material from “Live At Leeds.”

“Tommy” has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for ‘historical, artistic and significant’ value.

"These gigs have raised nearly £10 million in 10 years,"
says longstanding Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey CBE. "They make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people with cancer. We’ve had both legends and rising stars play for Teenage Cancer Trust over the years and 2011 is no different. I’m truly grateful to everyone for their support.”

Last year, Daltrey and The Who performed their 1973 classic, “Quadrophenia,” at the Trust benefit show.

Last month, Daltrey revelead to CBS News that he, himself, had a cancer scare in 2009, requiring surgery to remove a pre-cancerous growth on his vocal cords. Six weeks later, Daltrey and The Who played the Halftime Show at Super Bowl 44.

This year’s lineup includes performances by Squeeze, Biffy Clyro, Beady Eye (ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher's new band), Editors and Tinie Tempah.

"Music plays a huge role in most young people’s lives," says Simon Davies, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust, "whatever they are going through, and it’s a big part of Teenage Cancer Trust. We’re immensely proud of these gigs, which help us raise the money we need to give young people with cancer access to the best possible care and professional support.”

Teenage Cancer Trust
2011 lineup

Mar 21 - An evening of comedy with John Bishop, Kevin Bridges and Greg Davies
Mar 22 - Squeeze and The Feeling
Mar 23 - Biffy Clyro
Mar 24 - Roger Daltrey CBE performs The Who’s Tommy
Mar 25 - Beady Eye
Mar 26 - Editors
Mar 27 - Tinie Tempah

Ticket information is to be announced.

Every day, six young people in the UK are told they have cancer. Usually placed on a children’s ward or with elderly patients, young people often feel extremely isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis, never meeting another young person going through the same thing.

Teenage Cancer Trust believes teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer. So the Trust funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals that allow young people to be treated together with others their own age, in an environment suited to their needs.

For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust, check out their website here.

The Who – I’m Free
From “Tommy” (1975)

See also:

Super Bowl Flashback: The Who (2010)
VIDEO: The Who headline Killing Cancer benefit
The Who: Roger Daltrey reveals cancer scare
The Who: Roger Daltrey rocks New Year’s Eve
The Who: new video inspired by Live At Leeds rerelease