The Who Draft Page, Plant, Oasis & More For Benefits
The Who will spearhead a week of benefit shows at London's Royal Albert Hall Feb. 5-9 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, with a cast of fellow rock heavyweights in tow. The Who will perform Feb. 7-8, whileThe Who will spearhead a week of benefit shows at London's Royal Albert Hall Feb. 5-9 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, with a cast of fellow rock heavyweights in tow. The Who will perform Feb. 7-8, while other headliners include Oasis (Feb. 6), Paul Weller, Jimmy Page with Gary Moore, and Robert Plant and Strange Sensations (Feb. 9), with further guests to be added. The series opens Feb. 5 with Marti Pellow, former lead singer with U.K. hitmakers Wet Wet Wet and now signed to Mercury U.K. as a solo artist.
The shows, promoted by Harvey Goldsmith, are the brainchild of Who frontman Roger Daltrey and Teenage Cancer Trust co-chairman Dr. Adrian Whiteson. They aim to raise more than $715,000 for the charity, to add to the $1.4 million raised by the Who via an all-star Albert Hall gala in November 2000 with guests such as Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Oasis' Noel Gallagher, plus other shows on the band's North American tour last year.
That money has directly enabled two new teenage cancer wards to be built in Liverpool and Southampton, England, as well as funding the continued development of other specialized services throughout the U.K. The Albert Hall shows were released as a DVD/VHS earlier this fall.
"We're not just fundraising for the next single unit," Daltrey said in a statement. "We won't stop until Teenage Cancer Trust gets all 20 units needed. As a person with teenagers of my own, I've been in ignorance as to how the disease impacts teenagers and how appalling the lack of facilities is. Even if they kick the disease, it impacts on them through the rest of their lives, through life insurance mortgages and so on. It's all been swept under the carpet but we want to help increase awareness of the problem and get teenagers with cancer the facilities they need."
The Feb. 6 show will be Oasis' first full band performance at the famous venue. "We've never played the Royal Albert Hall before, and this is a good chance to play there for a good cause," Gallagher said.