The 2012 Teenage Cancer Trust concert series kicked off in style on Wednesday 28 March with some legends of British rock performing to a sold-out auditorium.

As promised, outstanding solo sets were delivered from The Who front-man and Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey, Paul Weller (the man currently number 1 in the UK album charts) and Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics, but the trio were also joined by some very special guests, including Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones.

Paul Weller’s band featured Andy Crofts of The Moons, singer-songwriter Paul Freeman joined Roger Daltrey, as well as performing a solo song before introducing Kelly Jones, who was joined by string quartet Wired Strings.

Roger Daltrey kicked things off with an acoustic set, before returning for an electric set in which he introduced short sets from songwriting legend Steve Winwood and Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald.

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Teenage Cancer Trust

The concert was of course to raise funds and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Two girls who have been directly helped by the Teenage Cancer Trust took to the stage to introduce Roger Daltrey and this is their story:

Jen, 23
“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, in June last year. I was 22 years old and the idea of cancer had always seemed so far away from my world. I’ve blissfully lived my whole life thinking I’m untouchable and that cancer only happens to old people, and that it definitely won’t happen to me. I hadn’t even heard of Lymphoma until I was diagnosed. I started my chemotherapy the day after my diagnosis due to the size of the mass in my chest. The doctors were concerned it was starting to obstruct my airways, and wanted to start shrinking it immediately. I finished treatment at the end of 2011 and for me, 2012 is about being happy and healthy.”

Katie, 21
“I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 21. I was diagnosed just as I was coming to the end of my degree in May last year. Having cancer is a life changing experience, for me, and my family. Having cancer so young, when you should be getting a job and starting life, you have to put things on hold. Teenage Cancer Trust is a community of people and makes the experience of cancer not so isolating.”


The Teenage Cancer Trust put together a video for Day 1, and shows footage of Jen, Katie and all the stars:

Set list

Roger Daltrey (acoustic set)
Freedom Ride (Taj Mahal cover)
Give Me A Stone

Paul Freeman

Kelly Jones
Maybe Tomorrow
You’re My Star
I Put A Spell On You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover) with Ronnie Wood & Paul Weller
Don’t Let Me Down (The Beatles cover) with Ronnie Wood & Paul Weller
Ooh La La (Faces cover) with Ronnie Wood & Paul Weller

Paul Weller
English Rose (Originally performed by The Jam)
Out Of The Sinking
Aim High
No Tears To Cry
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
You Do Something To Me

Roger Daltrey
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
Behind Blue Eyes

Amy Macdonald
Mr Rock & Roll
This Is The Life
Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen cover)

Steve Winwood
Higher Love
Gimme Some Lovin’

Roger Daltrey
Pinball Wizard
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Young Man Blues
Baba O’Riley with Kelly Jones & Ronnie Wood
Without Your Love

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