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In February, a Billboard.com article reported that the Who were hitting the road with Jimmy Page and the Black Crows, but was not confirmed until the announcement at the press conference for the launch of the Blues To The Bush release, April 10th.
June 6, 2000 - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC
The Who were the special performers at this private charity event, hosted by Actor-comedian Robin Williams. This is no ordinary charity concert - individual tickets cost $2,000 and the price of a table ranged from $20,000 to $50,000 to $100,000. After a sit-down dinner and a brief auction of highly unique (and wickedly expensive!) items, the band took the stage. The audience of about 3,000 raised a record $10 million dollars.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Simon Phillips sat in for Zak Starkey on drums for this show. (Zak was in Europe with the band Healers, who were opening for Oasis). The Set List: I Can't Explain, Substitute, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, Pinball Wizard, My Wife, Baba O'Riley, You Better You Bet, Behind Blue Eyes, Magic Bus, The Real Me, Who Are You, 5:15, Won't Get Fooled Again Encore: Kids Are Alright, My Generation. Witnesses say that Pete seemed to be really enjoying himself!
The Robin Hood Foundation is dedicated to ending poverty in New York City, but the group doesn't really think of itself as a charity. Rather, it's run like an investment firm -- each group that receives money from the foundation is investigated thoroughly and must meet its goals to continue the funding. The Robin Hood Foundation has invested $90 million in more than 100 New York City organizations over the past 12 years. ( www.robinhood.org )
June 16, 2000: Abbey Road Studios
Though not a Who event, a few members of the band did participate:
The Tony Ashton Testimonial Concert was held to celebrate Tony Ashton's (then) recovery from his recent illness. 300 tickets were made available to the public. The event was to be filmed and recorded for possible future release. The musical guests come from all eras of Tony's work, and included: Pete York, Geoff Whitehorn, Chris Barber, Eddie Hardin, Zoot Money, Mash, Johnny Johnson, Dave Williams, Bernie Marsden, Mick Moody, John Entwistle, Zak Starkey, Joe Brown, Jon Lord & Ian Paice.
Pete, Roger and John, along with Zak Starkey, and John "Rabbit" Bundrick, hit the road on a 20 city tour to promote the MusicMaker.Com CD release. (Presented by SFX and MusicMaker.Com)
The press conference was held April 10, 2000 at 12:00 noon (EST) at The Supper Club in NYC, and was webcast at Centerseat.com.
News of all of this began back on Feb 29th, when Billboard.com announced that:
The Who will be featured in a "rock n roll caravan" style tour, that will include the pairing of Jimmy Page & The Black Crows. It is still being finalized as to whether the Who will be on some, or all of the 25-35 dates, which are expected to start in July, and cover mostly outdoor venues.
By March 3rd, denials of the above report were filtering in from all three camps and their management:
A rumor was floated earlier this week that the two acts would be joined by The Who for a summer tour; the musicians and their managers — including Bill Curbishley, who handles both Page and The Who — say there's no truth to those reports. But they didn't deny that a joint tour could happen, either. - Wall Of Sound
Instead, the real deal turned out ot be that the two bands were pooling their resources and hitting the road, together, yet separate. Using the same crews, rigs, venues, etc., each band will play one night at a two night venue stop - saving on the budget.
Now, coming full circle, it was announced on July 28, 2000 that the long rumored Madison Square Garden shows, will actually be a DOUBLE BILL of The Who and Page/Black Crows. Launch.com's news story quotes the announcement as stating that: "no one will be admitted to the venue after the start time of 7:30 p.m. ET, since 'these special concerts are conceived by both acts as a complete musical experience from beginning to end.' In addition, the bands are talking about some sort of on-stage collaboration, though nothing is set in stone at this point. "
But on Sep 10, 2000 Jimmy and Black Crows cancel their remaining tour dates INCLUDING the MSG shows due to Jimmy's bad back.
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Tickets went on sale Friday, July 21, 2000 and were priced £29 and £25
(£32.50 & £27.50 in London)
Royal Albert Hall Charity show went on sale Oct 13, 2000.
This does, of course, beg the question of the relatively young chap currently manning the drum stool once so idiosyncratically claimed by the late Keith Moon. Zak Starkey (yep, the son of Ringo) is the lucky man (he also plays in Johnny Marr's new ensemble) and Daltrey is fulsome in his praise.
''After Keith died, and this is well documented, I felt we replaced him with the wrong drummer. I loved Kenney Jones (the former Face) but his style was not what we needed. Our playing is so diverse. John's almost a lead guitarist bass, Pete is a power-chord lead guitarist and if you put a straight drummer down the middle it doesn't knit together. Zak knows that. He doesn't imitate anyone but he's got a style that knits it together like Keith used to. -Manchester Online - Oct 31, 2000
Fans report another killer show, one notch above the previous, and the additional surprise of MaryAnne!!!
During Pete's introduction of Zak, he commented that "all drummers are wankers." To which Roger responded: "Except Zak".
"Yes, present company excluded," Pete concurred.
"Our aim this year is to do something for England. So we are getting behind the Teenage Cancer Trust and aim to build at least one new ward."On Oct 12th, the official announcement was made:
"I don't know why but it seems harder to raise money in England and I want to embarrass the bastards. We're doing a show at the Albert Hall to get the big organisations to put their hands in their pockets." -Roger Daltrey, Daily Mirror, July 15, 2000
The Who will headline an all-star charity concert to be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 27. Special guests include Noel Gallagher and Eddie Vedder, as well as Paul Weller and comedian Phil Jupitus.
All all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps to build hospital units which are specially tailored for teenagers.
Tickets on sale October 13th, through the Albert Hall Box Office.
News items on the 13th also stated:
The entire Albert Hall show, plus a never-before-seen Who documentary, will air Dec. 2-3 on pay-per-view via U.K. digital TV broadcaster OnDigital. Proceeds from this broadcast will also benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
It has further been reported that the event will be available on DVD, The Who and Friends at the Royal Albert Hall, produced by MCY.com and due to be launched in Spring 2001 [actually released Sept 25, 2001]
The event raised £1,000,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The DVD of the event (though not complete) was released Sept 25, 2001.
On Dec 20 2002, it was announced that a CD version would be released in March of 2003 to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust, and that it would feature a bonus 4 track CD with songs from the 2002 RAH shows.
** Note that the original incarnation of
Pete's Official Website (launched Oct 1999) was shut down by Pete on Jan 28,
retail site - Eelpie.com
remained up and running and assumed some of the announcement duties.
www.petetownshend.co.uk (.com) was re-launched on June 10, 2002, with a WHO section in his "projects" area of the site, and once again became the official outlet for Who Tour and Release info, stories, pictures, sounds and video. At this time, most all of the "Pete's official site" content referenced on my pages for 2000 through early 2002, cannot be viewed at eelpie.com or the new petetownshend/who site , although an archive of former pt.com materials was said to have been in the works.
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Created: Tuesday, February 29, 2000
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