The Who’s November 27th benefit concert for Teenage Cancer Trust at London’s Royal Albert Hall performance will be released as a DVD this spring. The benefit was captured by MCY, the same crew that Webcast Paul McCartney’s performance at Liverpool’s Cavern, as well concerts by “N Sync and Luciano Pavarotti.
The performance’s guest list includes Eddie Vedder (who sings three songs, “I’m the One,” “Getting In Tune” and “Let’s See Action”), Stereophonics” Kelly Jones, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, Bryan Adams (who trades lead vocals with Roger Daltrey on “Behind Blue Eyes”) and Paul Weller, who duets with Pete Townshend on “So Sad About Us.”
“The event was a smash,” Townshend said of the benefit. “I had a lot of fun and Roger sang better than I’d heard him in years. His obvious delight in the whole thing was very moving indeed. All the guests were terrific.”
In other Townshend news, the guitarist will re-team with Des McAnuff, the director of the Tony and Oliver Award-winning stage adaptation of the Who’s rock opera Tommy for a benefit this April for the La Jolla Playhouse in California. While McAnuff and Townshend are still hammering out details, Townshend has agreed in principle.
“We are in discussions with Pete and would love for him to come to the Playhouse this spring to perform at a benefit for our new building program,” said McAnuff, who is also the Playhouse’s interim artistic director. McAnuff first produced the theatrical version of Tommy at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1992, before bringing it to theaters in New York and London.