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Well, Wholigans! What a night! The Who Hits 50! celebrations kicked off on Tuesday November 11 at Shepherds Bush Empire with an evening of Who music performed by a stellar cast. Hosted by Radio 2’s Chris Evans, the evening began with a short and very emotional film of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s work directed by Shane Meadows. Then on came The Who touring band of Simon Townshend, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, John Coury, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and Zak Starkey who were to be the house band for the night. The music kicked off with ex-Razorlight’s Andy Burrows singing a very passable ‘I Can’t Explain’ followed immediately by The Strypes accompanied by Wilko Johnson on fine form performing ‘The Kids Are Alright’. Next up, on piano and singing ‘Getting In Tune’ was Tom Odell. Amy McDonald then came on to do ‘Behind Blue Eyes’. This was then followed by a film message and thumbs up from Macca and a hilarious film of Iggy Pop at his house in LA strumming a guitar and murmuring his way through ‘My Generation’.

Here’s ‘The Kids Are Alright’ from The Strypes and Wilko Johnson


Tom Odell sings ‘Getting In Tune’


An Evening Of The Who Music In Aid Of Teenage Cancer Trust

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Above: Rizzle Kicks sing ‘Who Are You’


Then next up were the amazing Rizzle Kicks leaping about the stage doing a great version of ‘Who Are You’ with some fantastic rapping thrown in for good measure. On to the stage ambled American comedian Rich Hall to sing, or rather, growl his way through ‘You Better You Bet’ during which he waded into the audience and attempted to crowd surf with not much success! Johnny Vegas was up next to do, as he said, a couple of minutes of stand up, but instead he waxed lyrical for two minutes about the brilliance of Quadrophenia and what it meant to him growing up, including a few brief and raspy verses of ‘Dr Jimmy’ and then from a request from the audience he launched into ‘The Real Me’. After that it was Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson singing a brilliant rendition of ‘5:15’ followed by ‘Bell Boy’. When it came to the chorus who should walk on stage but Phil Daniels wearing an old parka festooned in patches and Who badges! Phil’s performance was a great take off if Keith’s way of singing ‘Bell Boy’ and he stole the show. Joe Elliott from Def Leppard was up next to continue the Quadrophenia theme by singing ‘Love Reign O’er Me’. Joe was followed by Sheila Ferguson from the Three Degrees looking amazing in a skin tight lacy dress and belting out ‘Acid Queen’ from Tommy. (Strangely, no-one last night had a go at ‘Pinball Wizard’).


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Above: Ricky Wilson and Phil Daniels



Geddy Lee from Rush then came on to play bass and sing ‘The Seeker’. Leslie Mendelson sang ‘Baba O’Riley’ including playing the harmonica. She’d never played one until yesterday! Liam Gallagher swaggered on to do ‘My Generation’, a song he’s performed before with Oasis. Who favourite, Eddie Vedder came on next and did ‘Naked Eye’ and an excellent version of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and everyone (except Liam!) joined him onstage for ‘Listening to You’. James Dean Bradfield was sick and couldn’t turn up so Roger Daltrey was his substitute and that’s exactly what he played. He closed the whole show by singing a very bluesy ‘Young Man Blues’, a song I haven’t heard him do in a long while. What a night!


Liam Gallagher: ‘My Generation’


Eddie Vedder: ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’


Roger Daltrey: ‘Young Man Blues’


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Above: Roger Daltrey with TCT’s Angie Jenkison who organised the event.



The full set list was:

  1. ‘I Can’t Explain’ – Andy Burrows
  2. ‘The Kids Are Alright’ – The Strypes with Wilko Johnson
  3. ‘Getting In Tune’ – Tom Odell
  4. ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ – Amy Macdonald
  5. ‘Who Are You’ – Rizzle Kicks
  6. ‘You Better You Bet’ – Rich Hall
  7. ‘Dr Jimmy’ – Johnny Vegas
  8. ‘The Real Me’ – Johnny Vegas
  9. ‘5:15’ – Ricky Wilson
  10. ‘Bell Boy’ – Ricky Wilson and Phil Daniels
  11. ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ – Joe Elliott
  12. ‘Acid Queen’ – Sheila Ferguson
  13. ‘The Seeker; Geddy Lee
  14. ‘Baba O’Riley’ – Leslie Mendelson
  15. ‘My Generation’ – Liam Gallagher
  16. ‘Naked Eye’ – Eddie Vedder
  17. ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ – Eddie Vedder
  18. ‘Listening To You’ – Eddie Vedder
  19. ‘Substitute’ – Roger Daltrey
  20. ‘Young Man Blues’ – Roger Daltrey


And lastly, here is Shane Meadows’ film for Teenage Cancer Trust. Thanks for watching and afterwards if you would like to donate, you can do so here