Last year marked the 50th anniversary of one of the legends of British rock, the Who. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were honored this past November with an all-star concert tribute at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The setlist, below, was pretty impressive. The night featured a range of popular British musicians doing some of the best songs by the Who, as well as an extended set from Eddie Vedder. Hopefully, there were a lot of windmilling attempts.
Andy Burrows – I Can’t Explain
Wilko Johnson and The Strypes – The Kids Are Alright
Tom Odell – Getting In Tune
Amy Macdonald – Behind Blue Eyes
Rizzle Kicks – Who Are You?
Rich Hall – You Better You Bet
Ricky Wilson – 5.15
Ricky Wilson and Phil Daniels – Bell Boy
Joe Elliott – Love Reign O’er Me
Sheila Ferguson – Acid Queen
Geddy Lee – The Seeker
Leslie Mendelson – Baba O’Riley
Liam Gallagher – My Generation
Eddie Vedder – Naked Eye
Eddie Vedder – Won’t Get Fooled Again
Eddie Vedder – Listening To You
Roger Daltrey – Substitute
Roger Daltrey – Young Man Blues
Very impressive over all, but Our Kid’s version of ‘My Generation’ is a must-see.
Of course, since Liam and Noel can’t do anything without fueling desperate rumors of an Oasis reunion, Roger Daltrey decided to stoke the fire some more. ‘I’ve got no doubt Oasis will reform. I’ve never had any doubts. I just know groups, in the end they’ll start to think, ‘why not?’ It’s what they do! What else is [Liam Gallagher] going to do, become a painter decorator?’
Daltrey’s been railing about Oasis for quite a while. Two years ago, he said, ‘You know damn well that they’ll be together — I predict within four years — and it will be magic. T hey’ll be bigger than ever and they’ll be drinking twice as much.’
It’s been Noel’s job to quelch the onslaught of reunion rumors as best he can. He told Jonathan Ross, ‘If I close my eyes, I don’t see [a reunion] happening,’ before clarifying, ‘that’s not to say that it never will. I’ve got a lot of things going on…[Liam and I] don’t speak to each other so there’s no problem.’
Since Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye called it quits, there’s been much speculation as to why. The band’s rhythm guitarist, Andy Bell explained, ‘[Beady Eye] just sort of ran its course, really. Liam had been pretty quiet for a while, and them he just let us know that his heart wasn’t really in it any more…It’s been a long fade, really.’
If anyone can coax a reunion out of the Gallagher brothers, it might be Michael Eavis. He told The Mirror: ‘I do talk to Noel and Liam a lot. Wouldn’t it be marvelous for them to relaunch at Glastonbury now Liam has split from Beady Eye?’
While we’re waiting for line-up confirmations, there is a strong rumor that Noel Gallagher will be playing Glastonbury in some form, following the March release of his album.