THE WHO were joined onstage by NOEL GALLAGHER, PAUL WELLER, EDDIE VEDDER, KELLY JONES, BRYAN ADAMS and NIGEL KENNEDY last night (November 27), at a mammoth three-hour charity show at the LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL in aid of the TEENAGE CANCER TRUST.
The performance, which marked the final date on a comprehensive tour for The Who, was split into two halves. The first half was a ‘traditional’ Who concert, the band showcasing versions of their classic material, including ‘I Can’t Explain’ and ‘Pinball Wizard’, while the second half featured the numerous guest slots.
Speaking at the event, guitarist Pete Townshend said: “For this tour, this is the last show we intend to do and it’s great to end it in this way.”
Following the interval, Townshend played solo acoustic versions of ‘Drowned’ and ‘Heart To Hang Onto’, before introducing “Mr Paul Weller”, dressed in bright yellow sweater and jeans for an acoustic version of ‘So Sad About Us’. In the song, Weller sang the main vocals on the verses, leaving Townshend to provide vocal harmonies.
Weller was then replaced by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder for a stunning version of ‘I’m One’, with Vedder fronting the band, with usual vocalist Roger Daltrey in the wings. Introducing Vedder, Townshend said: “He’s come all the way from Hawaii, come 9,000 miles to see us. He’s a great friend of mine, my family, this band. He’s the lead singer of Pearl Jam – Eddie Vedder.”
Vedder then performed backing vocals on ‘Getting In Tune’, before reappearing for an encore of ‘Let’s See Action’ and ‘My Generation’.
Noel Gallagher, wearing all denim, played lead guitar on ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, while Canadian starBryan Adams sang vocals on ‘Behind Blue Eyes’.
For the encore, Stereophonics mainman Kelly Jones sang lead vocals on The Who track ‘Substitute’.
During the interval, the founders of the Teenage Cancer Trust were presented with a cheque for £1 million raised as a result of the work done by The Who in aid of the charity. Comedian Phill Jupitus also made a brief appearance – but was persistently heckled and booed.
The full set list ran:
‘I Can’t Explain’
‘Anyway Anyhow Anywhere’
‘The Kids Are Alright’
‘Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand’
‘Baba O’Riley’ (with Nigel Kennedy)
‘Drowned’ (PT solo)
‘Heart To Hang Onto’ (PT solo)
‘So Sad About Us’ (PT and Paul Weller)
‘I’m One’ (with Eddie Vedder)
‘Getting’ In Tune’ (with Eddie Vedder)
‘Behind Blue Eyes’ (with Bryan Adams)
‘You Better You Bet’
‘The Real Me’
‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (with Noel Gallagher)
‘Substitute’ (with Kelly Jones)
‘Let’s See Action’ (with Eddie Vedder)
‘My Generation’/ ‘See Me Feel Me’/ ‘Listening To You’ (with Eddie Vedder, Bryan Adams and teenagers representing the Teenage Cancer Trust )
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The show was filmed and is to be broadcast on the digital television channel Ondigital on December 2-3. It will also be released as a DVD in Spring 2001.