COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — Fresh off the Who’s whirlwind Quadrophenia tour, fans expected the group to take it easy.
But this weekend, lead singer Roger Daltrey signed up for a special gig at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa.
Daltrey told CBS2’s Entertainment Reporter Suzanne Marques he was inspired by teenagers.
“Yes, teenagers,” Daltrey says with a laugh, “the problem age.”
He said the music business only exists today because of the support of teenagers, a group that wasn’t even on the planet when he and the Who was formed more than five decades ago.
Daltrey said he was donating all the proceeds of his OC show on Saturday evening to teens with cancer.
“They’ve been totally overlooked within the system and we’re out to change that,” says Daltrey.
The Who lead singer and band member Pete Townshend started Teen Cancer America two years ago helping build hospital wings with an emphasis for treating teens.
One such wing is currently under construction at UCLA and another is set to be built in Irvine.
In these teen-specific wings, young adults will be able to socialize with each other.
“We’ve found one of the things that happens with a teenager — and a parent will tell you — it’s hard to get them to open up about their fears, so we’ve found that the best psychologist for a teenager is another teenager,” says Daltrey.
Work, more concerts, charity functions, touring … Daltrey told Marques he and the Who aren’t close to even thinking about retiring.
“At the end of the tour, Pete told me he hadn’t enjoyed a tour so much since the 70s. So there’s life in the old dogs yet,” says Daltrey.
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