Fighting Cancer The British Way

There’s nothing like having a few big names helping to raise money for charity. Robert Plant is set to headline a London event in February while The Who will recreate one of its classic albums in March.

First up is the fifth annual charity gala, scheduled for Feb. 25 at famed Abbey Road Studios in London and benefiting Cancer Research UK. This year Robert Plant will headline the evening’s musical agenda, performing with American singer / songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman and the London Oriana Choir.

Photo: David Leyes
Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre gets a whole lotta love from Robert Plant.

Tickets are still available, but you need to bid for them on Sound & Vision’s eBay page. Make sure there’s plenty of room on your credit card because the event also has some pretty high-class rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia up for grabs. Like a Fender guitar signed by artists who appeared at last year, including Dave Matthews, Fleet Foxes and The Pretenders.

Other items on the auction block include a Gibson guitar signed by all members of The Prodigy and a Led Zeppelin cymbal signed by Jason Bonham. For more information, click here for the Sound & Vision Web site and here for the auction on eBay.

The March charity event is the series of shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Marking “10 years of music and comedy” at the venue, the shows take place March 22-30, culminating with The Who performing its classic 1973 album – Quadrophenia – in its entirety.

But it’s not just another show for The Who. Frontman Roger Daltrey is one of Teenage Cancer Trust’s many celebrity patrons.

“When The Who first got together in 2000 to raise money for this brilliant charity, I had no idea we’d achieve so much from these shows,” Daltrey said. “In the last ten years we’ve raised over £8.7 million ($13.8 million), helping Teenage Cancer Trust to open nine more specialist cancer units for young people across the U.K.”

But The Who’s scheduled appearance isn’t the only booking attracting attention. Noel Gallagher will also perform as the ex-Oasis member plays not one, but two nights at Royal Albert Hall.  The benefit shows mark the first time Gallagher has performed in concert since he split with brother Liam last August, thereby bringing an end to Oasis as we know it.

Suede is also scheduled to perform in what is being described as a one-off for the ‘90s band.

Here’s the schedule. Them Crooked Vultures (March 22); comedians Jimmy Carr and Noel Fielding (March 23), Suede (March 24), Noel Gallagher (March 25-26), Arctic Monkeys (March 27), JLS (March 28), The Specials (March 29) and The Who (March 30).

A previously announced Depeche Mode show scheduled for the Royal Albert Hall Feb. 17 is also part of the Teenage Cancer Trust lineup.

Tickets go on sale for the March shows Friday, Feb. 5. For more information, please click here for the Teenage Cancer Trust Web site.