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Roger Daltrey enlists big names for cancer charity
Roger Daltrey has enlisted the help of the greatest living rock stars in a campaign to raise money and awareness for The Who's patron charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust.
ABC News reported that the Who frontman and collaborator photographer Alistair Morrison unveiled on Monday (November 13th) a new multimedia art installation, titled The Adoration Trilogy: Searching For Apollo at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. The piece "includes a series of stylized photos of various musicians posing either together or alone, as well as video clips of the participating artists."
In addition to Daltrey, the musicians photographed include the Who's Pete Townshend and Kenney Jones, the Beatles' Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman and Ron Wood, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Nick Mason, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Metallica's Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, Ray Davies, Steven Tyler, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Eddie Vedder, Jon Bon Jovi, Van Morrison, Mick Fleetwood, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, Peter Gabriel, Rob Halford, Brian Wilson, Slash, Bryan Adams, Joe Walsh, Jeff Beck, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Steve Winwood, and Mark Knopfler.
Roger Daltrey told us he and the Teenage Cancer Trust are doing all they can to socialize teen cancer patients, who respond far better to being with others their own age during treatment than being stuck on a kids' ward, or with full-grown adults: "I went to Yale when we first started this off. In Yale there were three boys that had Leukemia and they were all in three different rooms, and not one of them knew that the next boy next to them had the same disease, was sittin’ with his parents, all worried to death. Not one of them met each other and none of the parents had met each other. I mean, I just think that’s criminal."
In March 2016, the Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend made an appearance in Manhattan to donate $1 million to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The donation would go to fund "The Lounge," a hangout area in the hospital catering specifically to adolescents battling cancer. “
The Lounge" will be an "800-square-foot space (that) features a snack bar, comfy chairs and couches along with a dry erase graffiti wall. It is stocked with board games, books, video games and a state-of-the-art television and sound system.”
Daltrey and the Who have raised an extraordinary amount of money over the years for their patron charity Teenage Cancer America (TCA) as well as England's Teenage Cancer Trust -- with $1 dollar from every ticket sold on the band's North American legs going directly to aid TCA.