Happy Birthday to Roger Daltrey, who turns 73 today (March 1st). The Who will perform its first complete performances of their 1969 rock opera Tommy in over 25 years on March 30th and April 1st, when the band celebrates the 100th show performed for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. In addition to a handful of spring UK shows, Daltrey and Pete Townshend are plotting dates later this year in both North And South America.
Daltrey told us he’s doing all he can to socialize teen cancer patients, who respond far better to being with others their own age during treatment than being stuck on a kids’ ward, or with full-grown adults: “I went to Yale when we first started this off. In Yale there were three boys that had Leukemia and they were all in three different rooms, and not one of them knew that the next boy next to them had the same disease, was sittin’ with his parents, all worried to death. Not one of them met each other and none of the parents had met each other. I mean, I just think that’s criminal.”
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