Some fan shot video footage from Wednesday night.
Looking forward to this tonight, though it will be strange without the presence of Pete Townshend and all that he brings musically and visually, however, I am sure his brother Simon will make his own mark on the music.
With it being Father’s Day here in the UK on Sunday I set of this evening bleary eyed to Braehead to do a bit of relevant shopping.
It was only when I set foot in HMV that the concept of time passing hit me straight between the eyes.
It seems like only yesterday I was buying my Dad albums such as “100 Great Church Organ Tunes” or later Shirley Bassey “The Stripper” yet there in front on me on the HMV Father’s Day special display was “Dad’s Rock” 3CD set, “The Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Special Edition” and “New Wave For Dad”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In shock I settled for a book token from Waterstones and returned home and to cheer my self up I downloaded the aforesaid Old Grey Whistle Test CD, 60 tracks for under £10 many of them exclusive live recordings from the show.
So here is an Old Grey Whistle Test special.
From the album and for all cool Dad’s everywhere here is some live music from Tom Waits.
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As a bonus and in celebration of Whispering Bob Harris’s recent OBE award here are some clips from the vaults.
…………….finally perhaps the most famous clip of all.
Coming soon the Old Grey Whistle Test through the ages.
ROGER DALTREY, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera TOMMY from start to finish. (The Who never actually played the complete TOMMY.) Daltrey premiered the show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25th and is now taking it on the road.
Employing striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an unforgettable experience for lifelong fans and newcomers alike, who will be treated not only to the full majesty of TOMMY, but also to a variety of Who Classics and more.
TOMMY is one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era. Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name, with DALTREY playing the title role, which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.
DALTREY is pulling out all the stops with a full backing band that will bring the rock opera’s wide-ranging sounds and textures vibrantly to life. Joining him will be Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button(Bass), Loren Gold (Keyboards) and also on guitar will be Simon Townshend, younger brother of The Who’s guitarist PETE TOWNSHEND.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says “Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit and Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.”
Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power.
A 1989 tour by The Who saw them reprise TOMMY live. The upcoming DALTREY tour will differ in that all of the album’s songs will be played. When DALTREY and his band performed TOMMY in March 2011 at a sell out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Independent called the show “a faithful reading… The stand-outs, ‘I’m Free’, ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and the anthemic climax of ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ are rousing.” Afterwards, the Who blogosphere was alight with comments from long standing fans lucky enough to see the show. These included comments like “Roger nailed Tommy” and “Last night’s concert was the best I’ve ever seen – what a great band!”
Roger describes the show and visuals as “A Tommy Show for today’s audience from a different perspective.”
“TOMMY, an album that tells a story about a “deaf, dumb, and blind boy” who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,” adds DALTREY. “Within it, I found the new voice of The Who and the band found its stride in making that music, adjusting it, using all that knowledge that we had from jazz and the blues into making it work in a rock way.”
The much-anticipated three-week tour launches on July 3rd at RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER and concludes on July 24th at POWDERHAM CASTLE, EXETER.
TOUR DATES, CITIES & VENUES :
3-Jul ALCESTER RAGLEY HALL
4-Jul GATESHEAD SAGE
6-Jul GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM
7-Jul MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
9-Jul NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CENTRE
10-Jul NEWPORT CENTRE
12-Jul BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
13-Jul SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILLION
15-Jul GUILDFORD GUILFEST
16-Jul HAMPSHIRE BROADLANDS
17-Jul HARROGATE RIPLEY HOUSE
19-Jul HULL CITY HALL
21-Jul LONDON INDIGO 02
22-Jul NORWICH BLICKLING HALL
24-Jul EXETER POWDERHAM CASTLE
Ticket sales commence Friday, April 29th. Keep an eye on TheWho.com for details on ticket sales plus Fan Club Pre-Sales and special packages.
There was a sense of real anticpation for the highlight of this years series of concerts in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust held at the Royal Albert Hall last week because The Who hadn’t performed Tommy since 1989.
Anticipation filled the air as Roger Daltrey led his own touring band through the performance of “Tommy” plus some other Who classics and solo material, the big question was would Pete Townshend make an appearance…..of couse he would.
There have been so many questions flying around concerning the future of The Who. How bad is Pete’s hearing? Would The Who ever tour again as a band? Would they ever, indeed, play together for the occasional gig, the aswer will without doubt be yes but who knowns when and who knows where.
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Teenage Cancer Trust has just announced the line-up to its 11th annual week of music and comedy gigs at the Royal Albert Hall.
The highlight for fans of The Who will be a special performance on Thursday 24 March by Roger Daltrey of The Who’s 1969 rock opera “Tommy” the album of which has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for ‘historical, artistic and significant’ value.
This year’s shows kick off with an evening of comedy on Monday 21 March, featuring Liverpudlian stand-up and comedy award winner, John Bishop, Edinburgh festival favourites and TV regulars Kevin Bridges and Greg Davies, plus special guests.
On Tuesday 22 March, Squeeze will mark the 30th anniversary of their seminal album “East Side Story” in true South East London style.
Since reuniting in 2007, Squeeze have undertaken 4 sold out tours of the US and UK and have become firm festival favourites with hits like Up The Junction, Tempted and Cool For Cats. Special guests will include long-time friends and collaborators, The Feeling. Watch out for some surprise guests too.
Fresh from a February tour of the US and Canada, Scottish rock trio and Brit Award nominees Biffy Clyro will play their first UK date of 2011 on Wednesday 23 March.
On Friday 25 March, Liam Gallagher (ex-Oasis) will perform with his new band Beady Eye
On Saturday 26 March, Editors will perform their first 2011 live gig, ahead of co-headlining Spain’s SOS 4.8 festival with Suede at the end of April.
MOBO Award winning rapper Tinie Tempah will play the grand finale on Sunday 27 March. The breakout star of 2010, the most nominated artist at this year’s Brit Awards, will play hits from number one album Disc-Overy, which includes chart topping singles Pass Out, Written in the Stars, Frisky and Miami 2 Ibiza.
WHAT THESE GIGS ACHIEVE
“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.”
“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.”
FULL LINE UP
Monday 21 March: An evening of comedy with John Bishop, Kevin Bridges and Greg Davies
Tuesday 22 March: Squeeze and The Feeling
Wednesday 23 March: Biffy Clyro
Thursday 24 March: Roger Daltrey CBE performs The Who’s Tommy
Friday 25 March: Beady Eye
Saturday 26 March: Editors
Sunday 27 March: Tinie Tempah
Support acts will be announced in due course.
There will be a limited amount of tickets available to fan club members via a presale. All ticketing details will be confirmed very soon.
Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall are supported this year by Nomura and American Airlines. Nomura, the global investment bank, supports Teenage Cancer Trust as its London charity and has raised over £800,000 in under two years. American Airlines will be providing transatlantic flights for the show’s artists.
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 we fund and build 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, go to their website by CLICKING HERE
Original Source:- www.thewho.com
PRESS RELEASE: QUEEN + ROGER DALTREY LIVE!
Rock Legends Unite as Queen Guitarist Brian May is to “ROCK YOU” at the Collars & Coats Gala Ball, celebrating Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s 150th Anniversary.
The entertainment glitterati for this season’s most eagerly anticipated, star-studded event, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball, is to soar to even greater heights with today’s announcement that legendary Queen guitarist, Brian May CBE is to perform alongside Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor and The Who’s iconic lead singer Roger Daltrey CBE, for the charity’s milestone event on 25 November at Battersea Power Station.
This of course is not the first time that Daltrey has performed with remaining members of Queen as he aprreared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley back in 1992
Hosted by actress and TV personality Amanda Holden and in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, the Home’s President, the event promises to offer an unforgettable experience of musical entertainment.
Brian May CBE, the defining sound of Queen, will join forces with Roger Taylor, Roger Daltrey CBE, and female lead vocalist of Meat Loaf Patti Russo, in Spike Edney’s All Star Band.
Tickets for the Collars & Coats Gala Ball can be purchased by calling 020 8476 8677 and visiting www.collarsandcoats.com.
The thrilling mix of entertainment will be heightened with even more performances, from chart-topping pop sensation and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and Ryan Molloy of the critically acclaimed and Olivier Award winning musical The Jersey Boys.
The fundraiser’s distinguished guests will also be treated to a stunning performance from the cast of one of the capital’s most successful musical shows – the surprise package on the night.
The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s most prestigious fundraising event in this, its 150th anniversary year. The much loved animal welfare charity enjoys the support for its vital work from many of the nation’s top celebrities. Previous attendees have included Simon Cowell and Dame Judi Dench and the Gala Ball will again witness a whole host of A-list stars, lighting up the red carpet.
And joining them on the red carpet will be something very special indeed – a unique and memorable Battersea welcome of a Guard of Honour from 150 dogs and their handlers. Distinguished guests will then be treated to a champagne VIP reception and gourmet banquet, interspersed with the top billing entertainment line-up.
Revelers will also have the opportunity to bid in one of the most exclusive “money-can’t-buy” auctions, with an array of luxury prizes donated by Battersea’s valued supporters.
The event will raise vital funds to ensure the charity continues to go from strength to strength, to help provide a second chance in life to the dogs and cats in its care, as it embarks on its next 150 years.
For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations or prizes, please visit www.battersea.org.uk.
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Roger Daltrey has joined other stars, including Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley and Wayne Rooney, and donated a signed canvas to a special celebrity charity auction in the UK.
The Willow Foundation and British artist, Julie-Anne Gilburt, have teamed up to create an exhibition of 20×20 cm canvases, each created by a different star. Well known faces from the worlds of sport, art, design, fashion, music and entertainment have drawn on their artistic skills in aid of the charity.
The result is a fun, colourful and enlightening exhibition at the Catto Gallery, Hampstead, which will be open to the public from 2 to 5 December 2010. More than 200 canvases will be sold online through an eBay auction, starting on 26 November, with bidding closing on 5 December 2010.
For more information, click here
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Concert review: Clapton sedates, Daltrey invigorates Forum crowd
Friday night’s Eric Clapton/Roger Daltrey concert at FedExForum was touted as a teaming of rock legends. When all was said and done, however, only one man came off as legendary, while the other simply seemed lethargic.
It was an expectant, near-capacity crowd that packed the Downtown arena to watch the two British icons run through musical catalogs that have come to define classic rock.
Eric Clapton proved to be a stark and disappointing contrast to Roger Daltrey at Friday’s FedExForum concert.
Roger Daltrey on stage at FedExForum.
Backed by a propulsive five-piece band — featuring Simon Townshend, younger brother of Daltrey’s Who partner Pete — the mic-twirling front man held little back in a performance that was both invigorated and invigorating.
Mid-set found Daltrey working through a selection of sprite, folk-flecked numbers, including the Taj Mahal cover “Freedom Ride” and the John Cowan chestnut “Someone Give Me a Stone.” A clever, stripped down take on “Who Are You” brought the crowd to its feet, before Townshend took over for a rare live reading of the Who’s “Going Mobile. “
Daltrey’s voice, which has been criticized in recent years for its rough-hewn quality, was surprisingly strong for the bulk of the performance.
The headlining set by Eric Clapton, on the other hand, proved to be a stark and disappointing contrast.
Sauntering onto the stage with his signature Stratocaster in hand, Clapton gently eased into the shuffle of “Going Down Slow.” From there, he proceeded to play a seemingly endless succession of snoozy mid-tempo blues numbers — both electrically and acoustically — that quickly began to bleed into one another.
Though his band was first rate, Clapton himself played with all the energy of man who’d just ingested a large turkey dinner before hitting the stage.
There were plenty of hits to be had, of course, including “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Wonderful Tonight” and an acoustic “Layla” — though his performances of those songs seemed little more than obligatory.
Throughout the show, Clapton’s interaction with the audience was limited to the occasional “thank you” — which isn’t a crime in itself. But it was obvious that the weekend-ready crowd desperately wanted to have a good time, and Clapton’s song selection, the sluggish arrangements and the overall pacing of the set simply wouldn’t allow for anything approaching sustained excitement.
In the end, one was left feeling that while it might have been Clapton’s show, it was clearly Daltrey’s night.
– Bob Mehr, 529-2517
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