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‘THE WHO - LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL’

Soon To Be Available On Video and DVD

On November 27 2000, rock icons The Who reunited for a one off spectacular charity performance in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Playing to a sell out audience and an electric atmosphere at the Royal Albert Hall, the rockers were joined on stage by the heroes of today’s rock scene including Noel Gallagher from Oasis and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam. The result was an unforgettable and legendary evening. From September 24, ‘The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ will be released on both DVD and VHS formats and is destined to become a must have for rock fans of every generation.

Released by Aviva International and Direct Video Distribution, ‘The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ is a 144-minute music extravaganza, retailing at £13.99 (VHS) and £19.99 (DVD - 2 disc set). The programme features hits from their entire performing career as well as material from their rock operas ‘Tommy’ and ‘Quadrophenia’. Adding dynamic new dimensions to classics from The Who are celebrity guests, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Bryan Adams, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Kelly Jones (Stereophonics) and legendary violinist Kennedy whose renditions include ‘Baba O’Riley’, ‘Blue Eyes’ and ‘So Sad About Us’. An exclusive addition to the double disc DVD is 30 minutes of behind the scenes interviews with the guest performers and an eight-minute short on the Teenage Cancer Trust, as well as multi-angle sequences on “Pinball Wizard”. The DVD is presented in DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

The Who (originally The Detours) formed as a group in the 1960’s and joined The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as the influential musical elite that was emerging from Britain at the time. As popular in the US as in the UK, they became notorious for their live performances with the destruction of guitars and stage equipment - a rock star trademark synonymous with The Who and emulated by many other bands around the world.

Pete Townshend, the primary composer and driving force behind The Who became credited with revolutionising the way rock guitar was played, whilst Roger Daltrey added a new dimension to Townshend’s lyrics, vocally bringing to life the songs’ characters and establishing himself as one of the most versatile and distinctive vocalists of the rock and roll stage. Keith Moon, the band’s drummer, died in 1978 after an accidental overdose of pills prescribed to control his alcoholism. His premature death ensured his status as a rock icon. Many believed the group would disband following Keith’s death yet the band continued to play together with a new drummer (Kenny Jones) and an additional member John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick who became The Who’s first keyboardist.

The new Who line up officially announced the end of The Who in 1983 with each member pursuing alternative solo avenues. However, they failed to escape the lure of a reunion for too long and the legends have since come together to perform again in 1985 (Live Aid), 1988 (BPI Life Achievements Award at the Royal Albert Hall), 1989 for a 25th anniversary tour. In 1996 they reformed for a benefit performance of Quadrophenia at Hyde Park which evolved into a European and transatlantic tour in 1997. In June-October 2000 The Who embarked on a sell-out stadium tour of the US followed by a sell-out Arena tour of the UK during October/November 2000. This tour ended with the explosive concert performance ‘The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ on 27th November 2000 in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Concert line-up:

Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, John “Rabbit” Bundrick, Zak Starkey.

Track Listing:

I Can’t Explain

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

Pinball Wizard

Relay

My Wife

The Kids Are Alright

Bargain

Magic Bus

Who Are You

Baba O’Riley (with Kennedy)

Drowned

Heart To Hang Onto

So Sad About Us (with Paul Weller)

I’m One (with Eddie Vedder)

Behind Blue Eyes (with Bryan Adams)

You Better You Bet

The Real Me

5:15

Won’t Get Fooled Again (with Noel Gallagher and Kennedy)

Substitute (with Kelly Jones)

Let’s See Action (with Eddie Vedder)

My Generation

See Me, Feel Me (with Eddie Vedder, Bryan Adams, Noel Gallagher, Kennedy and Paul Weller)  
 

THE TEENAGE CANCER TRUST OVERVIEW

Teenagers with cancer often get a raw deal, receiving their hospital treatment in inappropriate facilities alongside young children or older people. They need their own space in the company of their peers. Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on the particular needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and related diseases. In March 2001, the charity held its second International Conference on Cancer and the Adolescent for delegates from all over the world. Using funds from The Who and Friends Benefit and DVD sales, Teenage Cancer Trust continues to develop a network of support and information services for teenagers, their families, and other interested parties. In the UK, the charity also builds specialist teenage cancer units in state hospitals with teenage-friendly facilities. For more details on Teenage Cancer Trust’s activities visit the organization’s website: www.teencancer.org

 

VHS

Catalogue Number: IX0831MYUKV

Release Date: 24th September 2001

Certificate: E

Running Time: 144

Suggested Retail Price: £13.99  
 

DVD

Catalogue Number: IX0834MYUKD

Release Date: 24th September 2001

Certificate: E

Running Time: 144 plus extras

Suggested Retail Price: £19.99  
 

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