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Roger Daltrey performs in Washington in tribute to Winston Churchill

11/1/2013

Roger Daltrey was on hand to perform in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (October 30th) in front of Senate and House leaders, according to The Christian Science Monitor. The Who frontman performed two songs as part of the ceremony to dedicate the Winston Churchill bust, "which will now stand in the Capitol as a testament to the strength of the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom."

Daltrey, who was backed by members of his and the Who's backing band, guitarist Frank Simes and keyboardist Loren Gold, and performed two songs -- a cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" and the Who's 1971 anthem, "Won't Get Fooled Again." According to the report, "The pair of songs had Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi bobbing their heads in bipartisan unity."

Afterwards, House Speaker John Boehner called "Stand By Me," quote, "a tribute to the U.S.-U.K. relationship," with The Monitor claiming he tearfully proclaimed late British Prime Minister, "the best friend the United States ever had. . . He saw in America the very exceptionalism we see today."

Roger Daltrey, who was once again back at the top of his game during the Who's 2012-1013 Quadrophenia & More Tour, says that playing live has little to do with a performer's age and everything to do with their soul: "I've always laughed at people who say, 'oh, you're too old to rock n' roll.' I don't . . . To me, it's got nothing to do with your age or any of that. It's to do with the music and what that music itself generates."


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