The Who Brought Down the House at 'VH1 Rock Honors'
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Incubus, The Flaming Lips, and Tenacious D took the stage to pay tribute to legendary rock band The Who and gave the audience a night to remember. The third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" honored the music and influence of revolutionary rock band, The Who. This was the first "VH1 Rock Honors" to salute just one band.
Taped in Los Angeles at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA on
Saturday, July 12, "VH1 Rock Honors: The Who" will premiere Thursday, July
17 at 9PM* on VH1, VH1 Classic and MHD. The full show, including exclusive
online performances by The Who will be available online at Rock.VH1.com on
Thursday, July 17 at 9PM* when it premieres on air. Sneak peek performances
and celebrity interviews from the event will launch online at RockVH1.com
starting Tuesday, July 15.
The show saluted The Who through spoken tributes and filmed packages
featuring Sting, Dave Navarro, Billy Idol, Billy Bob Thornton, Noel
Gallagher, Slash, Coldplay and many others. Throughout the show, VH1 gave
viewers a nostalgic look at The Who through archival footage and interviews
straight from the super-group themselves.
Introduced by David Duchovny, the Foo Fighters kicked off the
celebration with an electric performance of "Young Man Blues" and were
joined by special guest Gaz Coombes the lead singer from Supergrass, who is
currently on tour with the Foo Fighters, for the fan-favorite, "Bargain."
With pinball machine in tow, Rainn Wilson took the stage to introduce
The Flaming Lips who rocked out with a medley of songs from The Who rock
musical and Broadway hit, Tommy.
Continuing the hit parade, Grammy winners Incubus introduced by Mila
Kunis, performed a memorable rendition of "I Can See For Miles" followed by
"I Can't Explain."
Dubbing The Who "the greatest band of all time, " comedy-rock duo
Tenacious D, featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass blasted onto the stage as
only they know how with an acoustic version of "Squeeze Box."
Next, Sean Penn introduced Pearl Jam who turned up their amps and
rocked the house performing The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me, " followed with
an explosive rendition of the hit, "The Real Me."
To the tune of "My Generation, " Adam Sandler set the stage for the
moment the crowd had been waiting for...the chance to rock out to The Who.
As The Who took the stage for the grand finale, it seemed as though
time stood still, transforming the audience back generations as they
performed their biggest and most influential songs including: "Baba
O'Riley, " "Who Are You, " "Won't Get Fooled Again, " and "My Generation"
"VH1 Rock Honors: The Who" raised over $1 million benefiting the
efforts of various charities including: The Double O Charity, Teenage
Cancer Trust, The VH1 Save The Music Foundation and select VH1 Classic Rock
"VH1 Rock Honors: The Who" is sponsored by Taco Bell Corp, Garnier
Fructis, Sprint, SOYJOY, Subaru and Rhapsody.
"VH1 Rock Honors: The Who" is directed by David Mallet and executive
produced by Greg Sills, and Lee Rolontz and Rick Krim for VH1. Paul
Flattery and Patrizia DiMaria serve as producers with David Wild and Kelly
Brock as co-producers.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter
to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online
content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million
households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and
services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1 Games and
extensive broadband video on VH1.com.
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and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals
whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.
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