The Who Hits 50!

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Time Out says

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First of all, this isn't actually a gig by 50-year-old rock institution The Who – if you want guaranteed tickets to see Roger Daltrey wanging his microphone around and Pete Townshend doing that thing with his arm, you'll need to book for their gigs at the much bigger O2 Arena in December. However, we wouldn't discount a cameo appearance by the two-piece Who themselves at this charity event for Daltrey's charity the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The main thrust, though, is that The Who's backing band (including Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino and Townshend's brother Simon) will back a series of guests ranging from ’90s hellraisers (Pearl Jam man Eddie Vedder, Oasis's Liam Gallagher, James Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers) to younger hitmakers (Rizzle Kicks and Tom Odell among them). It's essentially glorified Who karaoke with a very steep ticket price, but it's all for a good cause, so it's worth shelling out for a chance to hear Liam sneering 'Won't Get Fooled Again'.

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