The Who’s Roger Daltrey With Singer-Songwriter and Cancer Survivor Harry Hudson
Rock legend Roger Daltrey and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Harry Hudson, a survivor of lymphoma, have become friends and partners in their advocacy for Teen Cancer America. Daltrey co-founded TCA along with bandmate Pete Townshend in 2012 to help adolescents and young adults battling the disease.
June is National Cancer Survivors Month, and Sunday June 7 is Cancer Survivors Day. This is perfect timing to help Daltrey, Hudson and TCA shine a light on the tremendous challenges that teen cancer patients are facing under pandemic conditions. Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer patients live every day with the realities of extended social isolation and the elevated risks of compromised immune systems. The coronavirus pandemic is compounding their already stressful circumstances. Non-profits such as TCA, which benefits from proceeds generated by live events, are also facing fundraising challenges during the shutdown.
Roger Daltrey has admitted that becoming famous had a negative impact on his relationships with his old friends. The singer-songwriter shot to fame with his rock band The Who, which formed in the 60s.
But, speaking on Good Morning Britain, he confessed becoming a star wasn’t all rosy. Daltrey opened up about the downside of being famous as he discussed what he had been missing during the coronavirus lockdown.
He cited “human contact”, explaining: “That is one thing I didn’t like about being a celebrity.
“It kind of distanced me from my mates and everybody treated me differently immediately I became famous.”“I didn’t like that,” added the 76-year-old musician, saying that he hadn’t wanted to be set apart.
“I never wanted to be different,” he told the show’s hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. “I like to just chat to people, to be treated normally.“I just miss that human contact.”
Daltreyalso spoke about Woodstock 50th : “I haven’t heard anything, no. August in America is too hot for me to work in anymore. Since my Meningitis, my (body) thermostat’s gone up a creep and I can’t work in extreme heat anymore.”
“I mean, you can’t re-do Woodstock, because the star of Woodstock was the audience. Well, most of them are probably dead by now, I don’t know (laughs). Law of averages, probably 50 percent of them are dead, anyway. You can’t re-do it — you can celebrate the dates.”
ILMC, the leading gathering of the international live music business, takes place at the Royal Garden Hotel in west London from 5-8 March. The discounted earlybird rate for delegate passes expires on 23 January.
Famed for his powerful voice and energetic stage presence, Daltrey is among the most charismatic of rock’s vocalists, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide across a 50-year career with the Who and as a solo artist.
As an honorary patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, Daltrey has additionally been the driving force behind the annual Royal Albert Hall concert series since 2000, and with the recent publication of his memoir, Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story, he adds author to a long list of job titles that also includes film actor and producer.
Daltrey’s appearance at ILMC marks the 15th edition of the Breakfast Meeting, which this year moves to a later afternoon slot to accommodate changes to the Friday schedule and the new Futures Forum event.
The announcement follows that of the first round of ILMC panels and sessions in December, with the full conference schedule set to be announced in two weeks’ time.