October 25th, 2011
Join Date: Feb 2006
The Prince of Wales, Pete Townshend and *that* book
The Feeling and Pete Townshend are among the artists on board to rock the Royal Albert Hall next month for The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala supported by Novae.
The gala – one of the most important fundraisers in The Prince’s Trust calendar – will take place on 23rd November to raise vital funds for the charity’s work with disadvantaged young people.
A long list of Prince’s Trust supporters are set to collaborate at the gala including singer songwriters Chris de Burgh, Julian Lennon, Cerys Matthews and Imelda May , rock legends Kenney Jones, Mark King and Midge Ure, urban saxophonist YolanDa Brown and classical music star Charlie Siem. The fundraiser will be hosted by presenters Edith Bowman and Patrick Kielty with a special appearance from comedian and musician Tim Minchin.
The evening will mark the tenth Rock Gala in The Trust’s history. Launching in 1982 and continuing until 1990, the galas attracted the support of iconic well wishers such as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John and Tina Turner.
2010 saw the historic fundraiser launch again for the first time in 20 years, with appearances from music legends Eric Clapton, Brian May and Phil Collins. The evening raised £600,000, taking the total sum raised by the nine galas to £3.5m.
Dan Gillespie, lead singer of award-winning band The Feeling said: “The Trust’s reputation for putting on first-class music concerts spans three decades and the band is delighted to be on board for this one.”
“Anyone who loves music as much as we do and wants to show their support for almost a million young people who are struggling to find work in this country should join us next month and help continue the legacy that is The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala.”
Pete Townshend said: "I'm delighted to be able to play at this year's concert, nearly 30 years after I helped George Martin organise the very first Rock Gala in 1982 with Kate Bush, Robert Plant, Phil Collins and others. The following year was the extraordinary pairing of Madness with Duran Duran. Those were exciting times.
The next engagement for me was at a Prince's Trust concert in Hyde Park in 1996 when I presented the first full-length concert version of my rock-opera Quadrophenia. This event led to The Who reforming after a long separation. Another exciting time for me.
The Trust has helped so many young people I have met. It has done so in simple, direct and practical ways. The Trust's music events have always played a vital role in educating the public about what The Trust does for young people every day."
Seeing this made me wonder how he was coming along with his book on paedophilia. I know many people thought it was just an excuse to explain why he was accessing child porn, but it looks genuine. Good job, as well, because a paedophile raising money for a young peoples trust wouldn't have looked too good. The Prince of Wales has a bad enough image as it is - this would probably have finished him off.
Pete Townshend's paedophilia-tackling autobiography out next year
The Who's Pete Townshend will release his long-awaited memoir Who He? next year.
Townshend has been writing the book for over 15 years and was cautioned by police in 2003 during its writing after accessing child pornography on the internet. When questioned by police about the material he cited researching for the book as his reason for doing so.
He said back in 2003: "I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time. Some of the things I have seen on the internet have informed my book."
He added: "If I have any compulsions in this area, they are to face what is happening to young children in the world today and to try to deal openly with my anger and vengeance toward the mentally ill people who find paedophilic pornography attractive."
The Who guitarist has also described the book, which will be published by Harper Collins, as a "rite of passage". It is expected to be published in the autumn of 2012
Above post is my opinion unless it's a quote.