Pete Towsend And Roger Daltrey Reunite With Kenney Jones After 25 Years
The surviving official members of the Who -- Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and former drummer Kenney Jones -- reunited on Saturday (June 14th) in Surrey, England at Hurtwood Park Polo Club for the "Rock 'n' Horsepower" benefit in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Townshend and Daltrey -- backed by the event’s house band -- performed a five song set with Jones on drums, marking the first time the three have shared a stage since early-1988. In January, Jones was diagnosed with prostate cancer and following treatment; the disease has thankfully not spread. Other performers included Mick Hucknall, Jeff Beck, John Lodge of the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Mike + The Mechanics, John Parr -- of "St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)" fame -- along with Steve Marriott's’s daughter, Mollie Marriott.
The Who performed a rugged five-song set -- "I Can't Explain," "Substitute," "The Kids Are Alright," "Pinball Wizard," and "5:15." Townshend joined in later on the encore of the Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock N' Roll" -- which he explained was recorded in Ron Wood's house -- which is now Townshend's main London residence.
The show was covered by the Townshend online fan community The Shout (http://theshout.yuku.com/), with a message board member named "Majortom2001" posting in part, "It wasn't by any means the greatest of Who performances I had ever seen. '5:15' for example seem to go to pieces at one point with Pete going off into his own musically and Roger screwed up 'Substitute' pretty badly. The whole day had a weird 'English country fair' feel to it and the Who were another attraction on top of a polo match, fairground rides for the kids, stalls selling various bric-a-brac and furniture items and a collection of sports cars including many Ferraris, etc."
Roger Daltrey told us that despite never being happy with Kenney Jones as the Who's drummer, the two were actually quite close: "I actually got on very well with Kenney, I just didn't feel ever that he was the right drummer. . . And people didn't ever seem to listen to what I was saying. They'd say 'Well Kenny's a great drummer!' And I'd say 'Yes, I know Kenney's a great drummer, but he's not the right drummer!' (Laughs) He's a great drummer! Could you imagine putting Keith Moon in the Faces -- would he have been the right drummer for the Faces? Of course he wouldn't."
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