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Roger Daltrey Reveals Flaming Lips, Pearl Jam's Plans for The Who's Rock Honors

July 7, 2008 2:29 PM ET

This Saturday Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, the Flaming Lips, Incubus and Tenacious D will play tribute to the Who at VH1's annual Rock Honors concert in Los Angeles. The Who will close out the night with a 40-minute set that may include the first live performance of The Who By Numbers track "Slip Kid" since 1976, though you may have to actually be at the venue to hear it. "What they use on the TV will probably be the same old stuff," laments Roger Daltrey. "They'll probably just show 'Won't Get Fooled Again,' 'Baba O'Riley' and 'Who are You?'" Daltrey also revealed the Flaming Lips are working up a Tommy medley and Pearl Jam will likely play "Love Reign O'er Me." "It's gonna be weird having them play Who songs while we're there," says Daltrey.

Proceeds from the show are going to multiple charities, including the Teenager Cancer Trust — an organization Daltrey has been involved with for years that builds hospital wards for teenagers with cancer. "We have found by providing an environment where teenagers can be together sharing their illnesses and experiences we are getting between a 15 and 20 percent improvement on the medicine," Daltrey says. "It's strictly a psychological effect." To raise more money for the TCT, Daltrey and Volkswagen are raffling off a 1965 VW van customized with the Who's logo and signed by Daltrey and Townshend. Submissions are accepted until tomorrow. For more info click here

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