The Who have announced they will perform ‘Tommy’ in full for Teenage Cancer Trust on March 30 and April 1 next year – and tickets go on sale this Friday (September 23). Over the years, The Who’s Roger Daltrey has pulled in some huge names for the charity gigs – which will happen for the 16th time next year. Check out some stunning photos from them here.
It makes sense that the man who started the whole run of shows should get his own band to play in the very first year. They were joined on stage by a host of guests, including Noel Gallagher, Bryan Adams, Paul Weller, Eddie Vedder, Nigel Kennedy and Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones.
2002 was the first year where multiple gigs were held. Noel Gallagher returned, this time with the whole of Oasis in tow. The Who also played again with two back-to-back shows, while Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow and The Paul Weller Band each headlined two other shows.
Chris Martin’s band opened proceedings in 2003, shortly after the release of their second album ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’. That year, Eric Clapton, Richard Ashcroft, Doves, Supergrass, Madness and Aswad also performed.
TCT gigs aren’t just about music. In 2004, comedy was introduced to the line-up with Steve Coogan bringing his TV character Alan Partridge to the RAH. The Who, Stereophonics, Tom Jones and a night hosted by Jools Holland and featuring the likes of Ronnie Wood and Shane McGowan completed the line-up for the year.
One year after the release of their self-titled debut album, the Glaswegian quartet led a night of British indie that also included Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and then-rising Leeds stars Kaiser Chiefs. Elsewhere, TCT played host to Robert Plant, Peter Kay, Keane and UB40.
As well as two nights by Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand and Noel Fielding’s Goth Detectives, Kaiser Chiefs and The Who, 2007’s line-up also included Leicester lads Kasabian.
Matt Bellamy brought his trio to the Albert Hall in 2008 ahead of the release of their fifth album ‘The Resistance’. Madness, The Fratellis, Noel Fielding, Paul Weller and The Who also made the trip down to Kensington.
The final night of 2009’s extravaganza was hosted by Mat Horne and James Corden at the peak of Gavin & Stacey’s popularity and before Corden became a huge star Stateside. Elsewhere, Florence + The Machine supported Antony & The Johnsons, folk took over with Fairport Convention, Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby and Eliza Carthy, and both Stereophonics and Kasabian returned for more TCT shows.
The Sheffield megastars made their debut appearance at the event in 2010, on a line-up that also included supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, a reformed Suede, boyband JLS, The Specials, Noel Fielding and two shows from Noel Gallagher. The Who closed out the nine-night run, performing classic album ‘Quadrophenia’.
The Kilmarnock rockers returned to TCT after supporting Bloc Party in 2006, this time taking the headline spot. Liam Gallagher followed his brother’s lead in previous years and brought his new band Beady Eye to RAH, while Editor, Roger Daltrey, Squeeze and comedians including James Corden, Angelos Epithemiou completed the line-up.
Macca became the first Beatle to play a TCT gig in 2012, a year that also included Example, Pulp, Jessie J, Professor Green, Florence + The Machine and a night of comedy with Jimmy Carr and more. Proceedings for the edition began with an evening with Roger Daltrey, Paul Weller and Kelly Jones.
A raft of first-timers formed the line-up for TCT’s 15th edition, including The Vaccines, who were celebrating third album ‘English Graffiti’. Simply Red, Bring Me The Horizon, New Order and David Gilmour also performed, while the comedy night starred John Bishop, Alan Carr, Stewart Lee and more.