Who legend for Sage

Rock legend Roger Daltrey yesterday revealed he will be performing at The Sage Gateshead to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Rock legend Roger Daltrey yesterday revealed he will be performing at The Sage Gateshead to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Who frontman was at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary just hours before the band's gig at the Metro Radio Arena to name the first celebrity to sign up for Bandstand 2007 as comedian Vic Reeves, who will be compere on the night.

He also confirmed he would be giving a performance at the show on September 22, which will raise funds to support young people with cancer across the North-East and help build a new six-bed unit at the RVI.

Roger is a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust and has been the driving force behind the charity's concerts at the Royal Albert Hall for the last seven years.

He said: "One of the brilliant things about this concert is that it's the people of Newcastle who will benefit. It's your teenagers. It's not easy raising money. In fact, it's very hard, but I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to help raise awareness for this fantastic charity.

"There is such a gaping hole in health care for teenagers and I feel really passionately about helping to change this.

"Teenage Cancer Trust units give teenagers the moral support to help fight this terrible disease. We need more of them so every teenager in the UK can have access to one."

Roger added: "I'll be performing at this year's concert and, while I don't speak for the rest of The Who, I'm sure if Pete (Townshend) isn't working, he'll be there too."

Last year's sell-out Bandstand concert included performances by the likes of Jools Holland, Paul Weller, Ross Noble and Johnny Vegas, and raised more than £50,000 for the trust, and organisers hope this year's will raise even more.

Roger also unveiled the DVD of last year's Bandstand concert, which is now on sale via the Teenage Cancer Trust website for £12.99.

Tickets for this year's event go on sale today priced at £60 and £40, and are available from www. teenagecancertrust.org/bandstand or The Sage Gateshead.

The Who at Metro Radio Arena

They hoped they'd die before they got old. Moon and Entwistle did, of course, but Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend clearly aren't old yet.

God preserve them for, at 62, they still know how to put on a show, Daltrey dodging the highest notes but twirling his mic and Townshend windmilling that arm.

This was a great, great gig performed before a huge audience and in front of an ace four-piece band and groovy film show.

It wasn't all back catalogue - there was stuff from the new album there - but familiarity gets an audience going. My Generation (collecting its bus pass now) exploded upon us and became an epic, played against funky archive footage of dance down the generations.

Daltrey looked cool in his tee shirt and shades, sinewy biceps suggesting physical fitness. But Townshend, while he looks professorial, still plays the reprobate. "Global warming is happening in here," he gasped, sodden with sweat before launching into the encore, Pinball Wizard. This is what the Arena was built for.

David Whetstone

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