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NME RAH Review
THE GROWN-UPS ARE ALRIGHT!
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
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 Paul Weller 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), Jools Holland (April 1) and Tom Jones
The Who will headline the Isle Of Wight Festival on June 12.
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- SCHRADE in Akron
The Council For Secular Humanism