The first headliner of the Teenage Cancer Trust 2017 has been announced!

The Who at Teenage Cancer Gigs 2017

In celebration of the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Hall, legendary rockers The Who will premiere a special acoustic presentation of their iconic rock opera Tommy on 30 March and 1 April 2017, including a brand new video programme specially produced for these shows.

This special concert will be the first time the full band have performed the show together since their Royal Albert Hall concert in 1989. The performance of Tommy will be followed by a selection of other great Who songs.

Teenage Cancer Trust concert series - The Who, 26 March 2015
Teenage Cancer Trust concert series - The Who, 26 March 2015
The Who at Teenage Cancer Gigs, 26 March 2015

The Who have performed Tommy at the Hall only twice before, performances which almost did not happen when the band became victims of the venue’s temporary rock and pop ban in 1972.

The original performance would have featured guest soloists Steve Winwood, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart and Sandy Denny alongside the London Symphony Orchestra. However The Who were welcomed back to finally perform Tommy on 2 November 1989, with Steve Winwood, Patti Labelle, Billy Idol, Phil Collins and Elton John appearing as special guests. On 26 March 2015, we handed The Who one of the most belated apologies in rock and roll history for the ban!

The Who at Teenage Cancer Gigs, 30 March 2010
The Who at Teenage Cancer Gigs, 30 March 2010

Longstanding Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron, Roger Daltrey CBE is a passionate champion of young people with cancer in the UK through his tireless work with Teenage Cancer Trust, and now in the US through the new charity he has helped to establish, Teen Cancer America. Roger and Pete Townshend have been supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust for over 22 years and The Who headlined the very first show for them at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000.

2017 will be the 17th year that Roger has been the driving force behind Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, the shows are the charity’s flagship annual fundraiser raising millions to provide specialist care for young people with cancer.