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According to Sunday People Magazine (UK) - Feb 18, 2001:
HOT PEOPLE: HOT SLOT Aging rockers The Who have been chosen to headline this summer's V2001 Festivals in Chelmsford and Leeds.
This, as expected, turned out to be a FALSE rumor!
June of 2001, there were a number of reports about possible dates (as many as
4) reserved at venues in Spain for the fall. This rumor seemed a bit more promising
when only a short time later, Roger in a June 20th radio interview promoting "Witchblade"
he told Mitch Albom:
Roger: "We're starting work in September doing, uh, charity shows and a, a few gigs around Europe and studio work. So That's going to be very interesting ... very experimental"
Nothing more seemed to be developing on the tour front, and then the attack on the World Trade Center towers happened. Roger would again hint in a Sept 24th interview that something may still be in the works for the end of the year, but announced more definitive plans for another Teenage Cancer Trust performance in February of 2002!
"We were asked to do it, and we're all in this together. People gave their lives--the least we can do is give our time" - Roger Daltrey
On Sept 27th, a number of reports concerning Paul McCartney joining up with an already in the planning stage benefit for the World Trade Center victims, families and rescuers, mentioned that he had asked former members of Led Zeppelin and THE WHO to perform. Later in the day, reports were listing the WHO as confirmed. On Sept 28th, Pete Townshend himself confirmed that The Who, with Zak on drums, would take part. There was a rather long personal message about his decision posted on the original version of the official site PeteTownshend.com** in the News section titled: Madison Square Garden - It's on!
Tickets were originally announced as going on sale Oct 7, 12:00 Noon, but the sale date was moved to Oct 8th at 9AM via Ticketmaster. Tickets were from $250 to $500. There were also VIP packages at $2000, $5000, and $10,000 available through the RobinHood Foundation's special Robin Hood Relief Fund.
The 5 hour telecast was aired live, commercial free, on VH1 and MTV as well as simulcast on radio stations across the country, and around the world on October 20th at 7PM (ET/PT). AOL also webcast the event.
ALL money raised went to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will distribute the money to the Twin Towers Fund and other agencies aiding the victims and their families. VH1, Cablevision, Miramax and their partners, including Clear Channel Communications, underwrote all costs of the concert and telecast including the facility, production, promotion, travel, and union services to ensure that all money raised will go directly to the organizations listed above.
The list of performers was evolving right up until showtime, and included David Bowie, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, The Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Joel, Destiny's Child, Eric Clapton with Buddy Guy, Backstreet Boys, Melissa Etheridge, The Who, Mick Jagger with Keith Richards, Macy Gray, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Five For Fighting, Janet Jackson (via video), Elton John, and Paul McCartney. Plus numerous actors and comedians as presenters and supplying short films and skits during stage set ups.
The Who with Zak Starkey on drums, and John Carin on keyboards, took the stage around 9:30 and gave a blistering set that lasted until about 10:00pm. Who Are You, Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, and Won't Get Fooled Again.
2-CD set was released Nov 27, 2003 and has three of the four Who songs on it.
The DVD/VHS originally due the end of December, was released in 2002.
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** 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: Sunday, February 18, 2001
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