An emotional Pete Townshend thanks the Albert Hall crowd for their support after a difficult year...

THE WHO played a triumphant set last night (March 29) at LONDON’s ROYAL ALBERT HALL in aid of the TEENAGE CANCER TRUST.

The Mod legends tore through a career-spanning set, including some of their best loved tracks, as well as treating rapturous fans to new material – their first as a band since 1982’s album ‘It’s Hard’.

Surviving members, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, led the band through tracks including ‘Substitute’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’, ‘You Better You Bet’, ‘Who Are You’, ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ and ‘My Generation’.

The Who also played tracks from their film scores, including ‘Quadrophenia”s ‘Love, Reign O’er Me’ and a performance of songs from ‘Tommy’, as well as new songs ‘Real Good Looking Boy’ and ‘Old Red Wine’.

Townshend also spoke out about his traumatic year, which saw him arrested in January 2003 as a part of Operation Ore, the nationwide crackdown on child pornography.

Police said after a four-month investigation, that the 58-year-old guitarist had visited a website containing child pornography, but had not downloaded any of the images.

Visibly moved onstage, Townshend admitted that he had been “nervous” about stepping out in public again before thanking the packed-out crowd and his bandmates for their support.

The set was watched by fellow Modfather Tom Jones and Noel Gallagher with support coming from The Coral.

The gig also kicked off a week of shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Tonight (March 30) sees Stereophonics take to the stage before Alan Partridge tomorrow (31), [/a] (April 1) and [a] (2).

The Who will headline the Isle Of Wight Festival on June 12.

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