Supergrass man helps out Foo Fighters at The Who tribute

Dave Grohl taps Gaz Coombes after falling ill

The Who, Oxegen Festival 2006, Ireland
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl asked Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes to help him out at The Who charity tribute concert in Los Angeles on Saturday (July 12).

Grohl fell ill over the weekend and tapped their current tour-mates to step in at the event, which also featured performances of The Who songs by Pearl Jam, the Flaming Lips and the remaining members of The Who.

Supergrass received a police escort from one end of Los Angeles to the other and back again so they could make it back to Hollywood in time for their headlining gig at the Avalon later that night.

"It's quite exciting that Gaz was asked to cover for Dave Grohl," Supergrass keyboardist and Gaz's brother Rob Coombes told NME.COM. "It's not what we were expecting but it's pretty cool -- it's nice for Gaz to be asked."

Several bands and celebrities including Sean Penn and Adam Sandler honoured The Who at the taping of the VH1 Rock Honors programme, which is due to air Thursday (July 17) on the cable network.

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltry closed the event by playing a handful of their classic hits.

Proceeds from the event will benefit several charities including The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Who's Double O Charity.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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