February 26, 2014 1:00
The Who's Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson play one-off show in London
Pair premiere material from their forthcoming joint album 'Going Back Home' at Shepherds Bush Empire
The pair performed a series of tracks from Johnson's back catalogue at Shepherd's Bush Empire, with Daltrey fronting the majority of the songs, including 'Keep On Loving You', 'Some Kind Of Hero' and 'Ice On The Motorway'. The duo recently re-recorded many of Johnson's solo and Dr Feelgood tracks together for a joint album entitled 'Going Back Home', which is due out on April 8.
Kicking off the show with a two-piece band, Johnson fronted the first six songs before Daltrey brought on two further band members and took up vocal duties for the remainder of the set.
Their album was recorded in the space of a week in November 2013, 10 months after Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Halfway through the set, Daltrey, who is a patron for the annual Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, made light of Johnson's illness, when he joked: "Slow down will you, I can't keep up. Fucking cancer, it speeds them up, it gives them energy," before he added: "I have to admit I'm having a lot of fun doing this tonight."
Shortly after, Daltrey made light of his own age, when he picked up a pile of setlists and said: "This is a lot of shit to remember at my age. If I can't remember it I make it up."
The pair also performed their cover of Bob Dylan’s 'Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?' and an R&B version of The Who's 'I Can’t Explain'.
Finishing their set to a standing ovation, the duo performed 'I Keep It To Myself' for a second time before they left the stage to huge cheers.
Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson played:
'Barbed Wire Blues'
'The More I Give'
'When I'm Gone'
'Going Back Home'
'I Keep It To Myself'
'Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?'
'Keep On Loving You'
'Some Kind Of Hero'
'Ice On The Motorway'
'Everybody's Carrying A Gun'
'Keep It Out Of Sight'
'All Through The City'
'I Can't Explain'
'I Keep It To Myself'
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