Daltrey Calls On Stars To Run Charity Gigs
THE WHO rocker ROGER DALTREY plans to step down from his role as a charity concert organiser - and is urging OASIS star NOEL GALLAGHER and STEREOPHONICS singer KELLY JONES to take his place.
Daltrey has been co-ordinating fundraising gigs for his Teenage Cancer Trust project since 2000, but now believes the time has come for him to pass responsibility to younger stars who can help the annual gigs spread further afield.
Daltrey, 65, admits setting up the concerts each year is exhausting - and believes Jones and Gallagher are the right choices to follow in his footsteps.
He says, "I would like to take the model of what we've done here and concentrate on getting it started in other countries now.
"It does take an awful lot of energy. I call it my 'yearly breakdown'. I would love to find someone from a younger generation to take over from me."
Jones' chart-topping band headlined one of this year's (09) shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday (26Mar09) - and have been regular fixtures in the event's history. Yet despite being flattered at Daltrey's attention, Jones remains coy as to whether he'll take on the role of concert organiser.
He says, "(Daltrey has) asked me and Noel a couple of times to our faces. If you're in a band and you can help people who are worse off, it's not much to ask for.
"It's a big job and we're like, 'Come on Roger, you'd do it a lot better than us', and he carries on doing it. I've never really given it as much thought as answering it with a serious tone. We'll see. You see what happens in life."