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Pete Townsend Honored In NYC, The Who Wraps Up Tour Leg In Queens

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Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, and Willie Nile, and the Who band saluted Pete Towshend last night (May 28th) in New York City at the 11th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert at the Best Buy Theater. TheWho.com posted that in addition to Roger Waters and Joe Walsh appearing via taped video salutes, Joan Jett, who along with everyone else was backed by the Who’s band, tackled “Summertime Blues” and “I Can’t Explain,” with Willie Nile offering up “Substitute” and “The Kids Are Alright,” and Billy Idol singing “The Real Me,” and “Who Are You.” Daltrey took to the stage and ran through the Live At Leeds chestnut, “Young Man Blues” — which the Who have not been playing on their current tour.

Bruce Springsteen presented Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the Map Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. Townshend, who gave an acceptance speech, also performed a solo acoustic version of the Quadrophenia classic. “I’m One,” and “The Boss” joined the Who for “My Generation” with the entire ensemble on board for “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

Also honored was longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley, who was the recipient of MusiCares From the Heart Award for his “unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.” All proceeds from the benefit went directly to the MusiCares MAP Fund.

We asked Roger Daltrey if he has any inkling as to what form Pete Townshend’s new material is taking: “I know as much as you do (laughs). Bless him, y’know, I just hope it’s like the usual process. He comes up with these wacky ideas and somewhere in there there will be some great songs. I mean I’ve always, for the last sort of 20 years, I said one of the problems rock n’ roll’s having is it’s inability to grow up — so maybe that’s what he’s working on now. I’ve always felt that he’s one of the few rock writers that their music has grown up and has always been articulate for it’s age.”

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