Roger Daltrey got very intimate Friday when he headlined a backyard concert in Pacific Palisades, California to benefit UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit he founded with Pete Townshend.
Joining Daltrey and The Who band were Van Morrison, Don McLean, Jewel and Ed Sheeran. Actor Judd Apatow was the host and comedian Howie Mandel served as auctioneer.
Jewel got the festivities going followed by Morrison. Then Don McLean took the stage for "American Pie," before being called back to the stage by Ed Sheeran who said, “I have three favorite songs, and Don McLean wrote two of them.” They then performed a duet of “Vincent,” McLean’s haunting ode to Van Gogh.
Daltrey closed it out with a set that included “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m in Tune,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Baba O'Riley" and “My Generation.”
The show raised more than $3.5-million, helped by the sale of a Buddy Holly replica guitar for $80,000. It sports the autographs of Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Brian May, Brian Wilson, Dion, Donovan, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash, Don Everly, Elvis Costello and many others.