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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.



Ticket sales commence Friday, April 29th. Keep an eye on for details on ticket sales plus Fan Club Pre-Sales and special packages.



April 28, 2011 Posted by | New News, The Who | , , | Leave a comment

Teenage Cancer Trust – “Tommy”

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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To donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust click HERE

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Charity, New News, The Who, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts 2011

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 “Tommythe 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.


“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.”


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

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February 9, 2011 Posted by | Charity, Humour, New News, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rock Your Shades


Whatever rocks your world, Teenage Cancer Trust wants you to

‘Rock Your Shades’ on Friday 14 May.

At work, at school, indoors and out, Teenage Cancer Trusts wants you to act like a rock star, strut your stuff and wear your sunglasses with attitude all day. The charity is asking people to donate £1 to Teenage Cancer Trust and help give teenagers the fight and attitude they need to beat cancer.

Teenage Cancer Trust is a UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of young people with cancer and has a strong rock heritage. With help from The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Teenage Cancer Trust has been staging sell-out annual gigs at the Royal Albert Hall for the last decade. The concerts have become a staple of the music calendar.

To celebrate the launch of ‘Rock Your Shades’, Teenage Cancer Trust is offering an exclusive opportunity for you to get your hands on a pair of sunglasses (Ray Bans or Gio Goi) signed by some of the stars who performed at this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

The auctions run from 6 – 16 May with all proceeds from this auction will go directly to Teenage Cancer Trust. Sunglasses have been signed by Noel Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures, Arctic Monkeys, The Specials, JLS, The Who, Kelly Jones from Stereophonics, Lemar, Diana Vickers, These New Puritans and Sweet Billy Pilgrim.

Go spec it out by CLICKING HERE



This takes me back to Annan May 2009

“The Future’s So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades” – Timbuk 3

I study nuclear science
I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they’re only getting better
I’m doing all right, getting good grades
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

I’ve got a job waiting for my graduation
Fifty thou a year — buys a lot of beer
Things are going great, and they’re only getting better
I’m doing all right, getting good grades
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

Well I’m heavenly blessed and worldly wise
I’m a peeping-tom techie with x-ray eyes
Things are going great, and they’re only getting better
I’m doing all right, getting good grades
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

I study nuclear science
I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they’re only getting better
I’m doing all right, getting good grades
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades, I gotta wear shades

To buy the music of Timbuk 3 click HERE

May 14, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, The Who | , , | Leave a comment

Teenage Cancer Trust

The Teenage Cancer Trust has announced an all-star, 10-night line up to celebrate its 10th year of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall in association with Nomura. Following Depeche Mode’s sold-out gig on 17 February, rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and John Paul Jones) will kick off nine consecutive nights starting on Monday 22 March.

The week continues with a comedy night on Tuesday 23 March, featuring Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Noel Fielding. Wednesday 24 March sees the return of brit-pop legends Suede, reforming for one night only for Teenage Cancer Trust. Noel Gallagher, performing for the first time since Oasis split last year, plays Thursday 25 and Friday 26 March. His two-night run, the only shows planned for 2010, promises to be unforgettable.

On Saturday 27 March, Arctic Monkeys will play the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time. Sunday will be Teenage Cancer Trust’s first ever pop night, headlined by MOBO winners and multi-Brit nominated JLS. Monday 29 is the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig featuring ska legends The Specials. NME has today announced that The Specials will be given the Outstanding Contribution award on 24 February at London’s Iconic O2 Academy Brixton. In recognition of Teenage Cancer Trust’s link with the British Music Industry and work with young people with cancer, NME has renamed the award the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution.

The Who will wrap up the 10-night spectacular in style on Tuesday, March 30 with a performance of QUADROPHENIA. Paid subscribers to will have access to an exclusive pre-sale to this performance. More details will be posted on www.thewho.comVERY soon.

Announcing the line up, Roger Daltrey CBE, Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust said: “When The Who first got together in 2000 to raise money for this brilliant charity, I had no idea we’d achieve so much from these shows. In the last ten years we’ve raised over £8.7 million, helping Teenage Cancer Trust to open nine more specialist cancer units for young people across the UK.

“Teenage Cancer Trust has come such a long way since our first gig and I’m extremely proud of this event. I’m forever inspired by the support I have received from the artists and members of the music and comedy industries. This year has been no exception and it’s thanks to them that our 10th anniversary shows are set to break all records for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

The 2010 Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall line-up:

Wednesday 17 February – Depeche Mode
Monday 22 March – Them Crooked Vultures, brought to you by American Airlines
Tuesday 23 March – Comedy night: Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding and Rhod Gilbert
Wednesday 24 March – Suede
Thursday 25 March – Noel Gallagher
Friday 26 March – Noel Gallagher
Saturday 27 March – Arctic Monkeys
Sunday 28 March – JLS
Monday 29 March – The Specials
Tuesday 30 March – The Who

Tickets go on sale on Friday 5 February, and can be purchased from the following websites: / 0845 401 5030 / 0871 230 7136

Support acts to be announced, check for details.

To become a subscribed member of and be eleigible for the QUADROPHENIA pre-sale, CLICK HERE

February 2, 2010 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Who Cares

The and Teenage Cancer Trust are very excited to announce Who Cares, a brand new fundraising initiative for fans of The Who.

Roger Daltrey has been a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust for over 10 years and, with Pete Townshend at his side, giving his full support, has helped raise millions of pounds for the charity. Now Roger and Pete are encouraging all their fans to get behind Teenage Cancer Trust by signing up for WHO CARES.

Talking about the charity, Roger said: “At a time when your body is changing, your social life is everything and you’re still trying to figure out who you are, getting cancer can seem like an impossible blow to take. But thanks to Teenage Cancer Trust, thousands of teenagers are taking it, and coming out fighting.

“I hope that our fans will really get behind Who Cares and do their bit to make a difference to young people living with cancer. Your support will help Teenage Cancer Trust to build enough specialist units so that by 2012 every single teenager will be treated on one, giving them the very best chance of a positive outcome.  Let’s show them Who Cares!”

What’s involved?

There are loads of things you can do get involved with Who Cares, You could throw a Who-themed party, do a parachute jump, climb a mountain, run a marathon, hold an air guitar contest with your friends or just give a one-off gift!

For more ideas and inspiration check out a couple of examples:

If you’d like to set up your own fundraising page. you can through here. Please make sure you write WHO CARES in the title.

Or if you’d like to make a direct donation to TCT, you can do so through here:

You can contact Teenage Cancer Trust directly for advice and support on + 44 (0) 207 612 0370.



Roger Daltrey has asked to post a special Christmas message:

“Please send all our supporters seasons greetings from the universe and let them know how much I value their contribution to my life.

Be lucky,

About Teenage Cancer Trust
Every day in the UK, six young people will hear the news that they have cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust understands that teenage cancer requires specialist care and in fact, that young people have a much better chance in their fight against cancer if they are treated by teenage cancer experts, in an environment tailored to their needs.

Teenage Cancer Trust builds units in NHS hospitals which improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer. But as Teenage Cancer Trust receives no government funding, Teenage Cancer Trust rely on voluntary donations from people like you.

Teenage Cancer Trust estimate that with the units currently around the UK, only half of the teenagers diagnosed with cancer now have access to this dedicated, specialist support. Teenage Cancer Trust’s aim is to build enough units so that, by 2012, every single teenager with cancer will be treated on one. Visit to find out more.



December 15, 2009 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Daltrey Praises Goody

Daltrey At The Beatson Glasgow

Daltrey At The Beatson Glasgow

The Who singer Roger Daltrey, who is organising a series of gigs for the Teenage Cancer Trust, has praised Jade Goody’s courage.



Roger Daltrey has publicly supported Jade Goody


“There but for the grace of God go all of us”, Daltrey told Sky News during a visit to the Royal Albert Hall, where the gigs are being held.

Daltrey organises the concerts every year and is hoping the shows are increasing awareness at a time when cancer is very much in the news, due to the ongoing headlines over Jade Goody’s battle with the disease.

“I think she’s been incredibly courageous. She’s made the maximum use of every minute of her life since she’s had that disease, and good luck to her,” he said.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity he has held close to his heart for some 20 years, over which time he has raised millions, and helped build nine Teenage Cancer Trust wards.


Jade Goody is terminally-ill


“We literally, physically built this,” he told Sky News on a visit to one of the units at London’s University College Hospital.

“If the TCT wasn’t here, this bit of the hospital wouldn’t have been built to do what it does. It’s a hard slog, but we’re getting there. I’m determined to get it done in my lifetime,” he added.

The Teenage Cancer Trust gigs takeover the Royal Albert Hall for a week every year.

Daltrey helps handpick the artists, and usually shows up to perform himself on a night or two, even if The Who aren’t playing themselves.


Horne and Corden will head-up comedy night


This year it has been more difficult to find UK artists who are available, he said.

But he has managed to convince former performers The Stereophonics and Kasabian to return, alongside Antony And The Johnsons and Gavin And Stacey stars James Corden and Mathew Horne, who will head-up the traditional comedy night.

A special evening of folk music, featuring Fairport Convention, has been added, plus an evening aimed at younger rock fans, headlined by Bullet For My Valentine.

The Teenage Cancer gigs take place at the end of the month – Daltrey hopes his hard work will continue to help kids of a different generation.

Source Sky News t


For more information on or to donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust click HERE


Here are Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend at last years concerts

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Mrs D, New News, The Who, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Daltrey & Wenger



The Who front man and Teenage Cancer Trust Patron, Roger Daltrey CBE, took to the stage last week at an intimate event in London attended by Arsenal’s Manager Arsène Wenger and left-back Gael Clichy.

The exclusive event took place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom to announce details of Arsenal’s Annual Charity Ball which will take place on 21 May at Emirates Stadium. The Legends & Youth Ball will raise money for the Club’s Charity of the Season -Teenage Cancer Trust – and the Arsenal Charitable Trust.

Roger, who is a huge Arsenal fan, treated guests to a live set of The Who classics including Pinball Wizard. Playing alongside him was Simon Townshend, the brother of Roger’s band mate Pete. After Roger’s set, Arsenal’s Manager revealed details of the Legends & Youth Ball which promises to be an unforgettable finale to Arsenal and Teenage Cancer Trust’s season-long partnership.

The ball will be hosted by comedian and Arsenal fan Matt Lucas and friends with a performance by hotly tipped young artist VV Brown. Friends of Teenage Cancer Trust, Rory McGrath and Phil Tufnell will entertain guests throughout the evening before world-renowned DJ Judge Jules hits the decks to fill the dance floor. Arsène Wenger, and the Club’s first team will also attend the ball and Diamond guests will be joined by players during dessert.

Roger encouraged guests at the event to dig deep and buy tickets for the ball to support Teenage Cancer Trust and help young people fight cancer. Girl group Hope rounded off the evening in style, treating everyone to some new tracks which will feature on their upcoming album.

Tables at the exclusive Legends & Youth Ball are available from 020 7612 0370 or by contacting .

Tables are priced at £10,000 for Diamond packages and £6,000 for Platinum packages.

Funds raised through this exclusive event will enable Arsenal to smash its £300,000 target for Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity devoted to improving the lives of young people with cancer. With Arsenal’s help, the charity will be able to increase its support to teenagers in the London area by building a unit within a brand new day care cancer centre due to open in 2012 at University College Hospital, London.

Arsenal hopes to raise £300,000 to fund an Education Zone on Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit within the centre. The zone will be a dedicated space where teenagers and young people being treated can keep up with their studies and also learn more about their cancer. It will include computers and laptops with wireless access, enabling them to contact their school, keep in touch with their friends and even join in with lessons via webcam.


Tony if you read this GET ME A TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!! (Edit given the prices don’t bother)

March 5, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Be A Gooner. Be A Giver


On Sunday 21 December, Arsenal Football Club is dedicating its Premier League match against Liverpool to its Charity of the Season, Teenage Cancer Trust.

Arsenal players and directors will be donating a day’s wages to the charity dedicated to helping improve the lives of young people with cancer and are encouraging supporters to give what they can through the ‘Be a Gooner. Be a Giver.’ campaign. The Club has a £300,000 target to reach over the 2008/09 season and the dedicated matchday will be a milestone for the partnership on the road to achieving this figure.

There will be a number of fundraising activities taking place at Emirates Stadium at the matchday and to mark the special nature of the match, Arsenal players have participated in a short promotional film alongside teenagers with cancer. The light hearted advert, entitled ‘Do What I Say’, reflects the players’ support for young people with cancer. The Gunners stars appear in funny scenarios doing whatever the teenagers want them to do. The advert was created and shot by the agency, Brothers and Sisters and includes a voiceover by British comedian and Arsenal fan Matt Lucas. The film will appear on from 15 December in the run-up to the dedicated matchday and aims to encourage supporters to join in and donate through the site.

Steve Shannon, creative director from brothers and sisters, comments: “We were happy to give our time to this project and everyone really enjoyed themselves. It’s a serious message and a great cause, but we also wanted to highlight the importance of giving, which for these Premier League footballers, meant more than money. We also wanted to make the film really fun and reflect the lives of everyday teenagers –the players were great sports

Arsenal Captain, Cesc Fabregas who stars in the advert and who will lead his players in donating a day’s wages said: “I visited the Teenage Cancer Trust unit back in August so I know what this means to the charity and the teenagers it helps. I encourage all supporters to follow our lead and give what they can. This advert is a bit of fun for the players and we hope supporters enjoy it, but there is a very real message in it about helping teenagers and we hope to raise lots of money for this worthwhile cause.”

Simon Davies, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust said, “From the launch of the partnership back in August, we’ve been heartened to see how Arsenal players, supporters and staff have responded to the charity. Many of the teenagers being treated on our unit in London have already benefited greatly from the partnership through meeting players and being involved in activities such as the advert. The dedicated matchday is another example of this wonderful campaign in action and the generosity shown by all at the Club. We hope that the matchday puts us well on the way to reaching our target.”

Arsenal Manager, Arsène Wenger added: “The team and I have met some patients from Teenage Cancer Trust units on several occasions throughout the partnership so far and we’re all struck by the strength and courage they show in fighting this disease. We understand the importance of these units which give young people a sense of normality in their lives whilst being treated for cancer so we want to ensure we do the best we can for them throughout the whole partnership. The dedicated matchday highlights the work of the charity and gives players, staff and supporters the chance to do something, however small, to help reach this target.”

Over the course of the season, through the ‘Be A Gooner. Be A Giver.’ campaign, the Gunners will aim to raise £300,000 enabling Teenage Cancer Trust to increase its support for teenagers and young adults with cancer in the London area by building a unit within a brand new Day Care Centre at University College Hospital, London. The money raised, through fundraising initiatives such as the dedicated matchday, will fund an Education Zone within the unit.

Arsenal is the first to commit to funding part of Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit in the Day Care Centre which will be the first of its kind in Europe and is due to open in 2012. The Club hopes that other organisations will follow their lead, helping the charity to raise a further £1.2million to complete the development of their unit which will help thousands of young people with cancer and their families across London and the South East.

The Education Zone will be a dedicated space where those being treated can keep up with their studies and also learn more about their cancer. The zone will include computers and laptops with wireless access, enabling them to contact their school, keep in touch with their friends and even join in with lessons via webcam.

For more information on the partnership, to watch the film and donate visit


December 18, 2008 Posted by | New News, The Who, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment


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