Rock legends The Who returned to the Royal Albert Hall on 26 March 2015 to headline Day 4 of the 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust season.
The band continued their 50th anniversary celebrations with a hit-filled evening. See below for pictures and setlists from the night.
Rhythm and blues hero Wilko Johnson kicked the night off with a support set with a little help from bassist Norman Watt-Roy. Wilko was back at the Hall for the first time since his miraculous recovery from life-threatening cancer last year.
Walking out to a packed auditorium, the band tore straight into 1965 breakthrough single I Can’t Explain.
Bickering amiably on stage, rock icons Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were on blistering form, delivering a set packed with their best-known hits.
Visuals from the band’s career, including footage from Quadrophenia, flashed above the stage. Townshen will return later in the year with the world premiere of the newly-symphonised version of the album, Classic Quadrophenia.
As patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, singer Roger Daltrey has been curating concerts and seasons for the charity at the Hall since 2000.
His concerts have raised over £20 million to date to help create world-class cancer services for young people in the UK.
Just before performing 1965′s The Kids Are Alright, Townshend pointed to the group of young people currently being supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust, stating: “We’re doing this for – I’m not going to say the kids because they’d be deeply offended – but we’re doing this for these young people tonight”.
Daltrey also referenced the tongue-in-cheek apology issued by the Hall earlier in the day, joking that it was in fact the fans who were to blame for the venue’s rock and pop ban in 1972. Learn more.
The Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue with a North American and European Tour dates, and will also see the band headline a huge concert in Hyde Park this summer.
All photos: Andy Paradise, 2015
All Through the City
If You Want Me You Got Me
Keep On Loving You
When I’m Gone
Back in the Night
She Does it Right
I Can’t Explain
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
Pictures of Lily
Behind Blue Eyes
You Better You Bet
Love, Reign O’er Me
A Quick One (While He’s Away)
See Me, Feel Me
Listening to You
Won’t Get Fooled Again