The Who closed out their North American leg of The Who Hits 50 tour with “Who Cares About The Next Generation”, a private charity event to benefit Teen Cancer America and the UCLA Autism Treatment Program. The show took place on May 31 in the back yard of a private residence located in the posh Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the full band performed to a tiny audience of around 650 people.
Also on the bill were Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Eddie Vedder, who performed a solo acoustic set and was joined by Simon Townshend for a rousing rendition of Simon’s beautiful song “I’m The Answer”. Eddie returned during The Who's set to duet with Roger Daltrey on “The Real Me”. David Spade did a short comedy routine, and lots of celebrities were in the audience, such as Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Sugar Ray Leonard, David Foster, Judd Apatow, and Paul Stanley from Kiss. It was a star studded evening for a very worthy cause!
To help raise funds for the charities, Howie Mandel led an auction that was full of cool items that included pinball machines signed by the Tommy cast and VIP tickets to the all star Desert Trip festival that The Who will be performing at in October. The event was very successful, and they were able to raise $3.2 million for charity! Congratulations to everyone involved!
Many thanks to Diane Corcoran, Stephen Voyce, and Ron Cianciaruso for their photos and videos of the show!
To view more photos, videos, the setlist and reviews from this event, please visit our Who Cares benefit concert page!
For more information and to make a donation to Teen Cancer America, please visit teencanceramerica.org.
Special thanks to Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and The Who for all of the awesome North America shows this tour!