News continues to pour in as the Who resume their U.S. "Quadrophenia" tour in Anaheim, California, tonight. The legendary band, including original members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, announced a European summer tour earlier today. The band will also participate, with Elvis Costello, at a benefit concert in New York City next month. In addition, Townshend was presented with the Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards on Friday.
THE WHO SUMMER TOUR:
The Who's European tour dates are as follows:
- JUNE 8: THE O2 ARENA, Dublin, Ireland
- JUNE 10: ODYSSEY ARENA, Belfast, U.K.
- JUNE 12: SCOTTISH EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE–SECC, Glasgow, U.K.
- JUNE 15: THE O2 ARENA, London, U.K.
- JUNE 18: MOTORPOINT ARENA, Sheffield , U.K.
- JUNE 20: METRO RADIO ARENA, Newcastle, U.K.
- JUNE 23: MANCHESTER ARENA, Manchester, U.K.
- JUNE 25: MOTORPOINT ARENA, Cardiff, U.K.
- JUNE 28: LG ARENA, Birmingham, U.K.
- JUNE 30: ECHO ARENA, Liverpool, U.K.
- JULY 3: BERCY ARENA, Paris, France
- JULY 5: ZIGGO DOME, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The "WHO CARES Benefit for Teen Cancer America & Memorial Sloan-Kettering," featuring The Who and Elvis Costello, will take place on Thursday, February 28, at 8 p.m., at the intimate Theatre at Madison Square Garden.
From the Ticketmaster website: To continue the long standing commitment of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend to improve the lives of teens and young adults with cancer, 100% of the proceeds from this evening will benefit Teen Cancer America and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The artists invite you to join them for this one-night-only concert event in support of these extraordinary organizations.
The tickets are scheduled to go on sale Thursday, February 7, at 10 a.m., ET. The listed prices are $1,000 and $125 ($1054.20 and $143.60 with fees). Tickets will not be available at the box office the first day of sales. The date is not yet listed on Costello's official site at the time of this post.
LES PAUL AWARD:
Pete Townshend was honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, in Anaheim, on Friday evening, according to The Who's official site. The ceremony took place at the Anaheim Hilton during the 2013 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show.
The Les Paul Award recognizes achievement in audio technology and production, acknowledging sound engineers, editors and producers as well as professionals who work in recording, sound and live music.
John B. Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful was the master of ceremonies, and Eric Burdon of the Animals, guitarist Slash, and producer Martin Lewis, among others, also participated. Lewis, who first worked with Townshend for the 1979 "Secret Policeman's Ball," presented the award. In addition, he arranged for messages to be sent from two old friends, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.
Jagger sent a note, saying:
Sorry I cannot be present at tonight's ceremony but I would like to say that I can't think of anyone better to receive this wonderful award than Pete Townshend. Pete has been an innovative guitarist and songwriter for as long as I can remember, which is indeed, a very, very long time. Congratulations Pete on this honour, long may you play the Les Paul.
McCartney sent a video message:
Hey there, hey Pete! How ya doin'? Listen, congratulations on getting this Les Paul award. We all know you deserve it ... Isn't it funny? I've never had a chance to stand opposite of you and tell you. I'd probably be too embarrassed. Here's a chance to say what everyone in the room is bound to be thinking, which is that you are just a great monster, man, the way you play that guitar, the way you write. It's fantastic. Always has been, hopefully always will be. Congratulations. Getting the Les Paul Award. How cool is that? We love Les ... and we love you.
Townshend was there to accept his award, citing Les Paul as a pioneer and influence in his early home studio recordings. Townshend joined the musical celebration by singing part of the "Let My Love Open The Door" finale.
Video footage is available on the "USA Today" website.
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