Who's Daltrey is 'baffled' by American rockers' lack of charity

MOLLY RILEY / ASSOCIATED PRESS Roger Daltrey of the Who put out a plea for bands to play a benefit.
MOLLY RILEY / ASSOCIATED PRESS Roger Daltrey of the Who put out a plea for bands to play a benefit.
Posted: July 03, 2014

IN A Q&A on the website Reddit, the Who's Roger Daltrey complained that he was having trouble getting American artists to pitch in when it came to his upcoming Philly benefit concert with Joan Jett for Teen Cancer America.

All proceeds from the concert, at the Kimmel Center on July 28, go to building a center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for teens with cancer.

"One of the things we're struggling with is getting more Americans involved, more American entertainers like myself, the backbone of the music industry was this age group, and I feel like if you've been successful and you've made it, just by donating a bit of your time, a bit of your energy, even if it's just talking about what we are trying to achieve now," Daltrey wrote. "And I could do with more support from some of that side of the business. And I don't mind saying so, because your country baffles me. In Britain, any kind of charity work is unconditional. In America they kind of expect to get paid for it, I find that extraordinary."

But Daltrey, who says he will play a mix of solo and Who classics, is psyched to work with Jett. "I've known Joan Jett obviously for years. She's a real rocker and she still cuts it, really cuts it."

Tickets are still available at kimmelcenter.org.

Styx, Foreigner on fire

One of two tour buses commissioned for a jaunt by classic rock bands Styx and Foreigner caught fire yesterday on Callowhill Street near Front. Rockers, exhale. No one was hurt. The buses ferried around crew members, not the bands.

Brook Langton, a bus driver from Austin, Texas, told ace Daily News reporter Cindy Stansbury that he was the first to notice the fire.

"It took about 15 minutes from when we noticed it was on fire to just out of control," Langton told Stansbury. "[The bus] was all locked up and the driver was doing his laundry at the laundry over there when it caught on fire."

The bands are scheduled to play at the Susquehanna Bank Center tonight.

Debbie Allen does dance

Oscar winner Debbie Allen's fondest memory of Philadelphia? Getting hit by a car.

In one of her first touring ballet shows, a young Allen was in the beginning and closing numbers of the show, but nothing else.

"We always drew straws over who went to the deli during the show," the famed choreographer said. "Once, my girlfriend and I had so much time that we went to the deli, we got hit by a car, we went to the hospital and we still had time to get back for the end of the show. That's when I knew I needed to do something else."

Allen said that interacting with the artist communities in West Philly while dating a Wharton guy in college (she was attending Howard) gave her a strong sense of grass-roots community that influences her current work.

Allen is in Philly with "Brothers of the Knight," a dance take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," featuring a cast of locals, ages 6 to 21, along with three pro dancers (including Allen's daughter, Vivian Nixon). Her crew performs at the Kimmel Center tonight through Sunday, with an appearance at the Independence Day Parade tomorrow.

"It's challenging," Allen said. "But at the end of the day, when those children hit the stage, it's a glorious experience."

Q102's Adam weds

Congrats to Q102 DJ and PHL17 personality Mike Adam, who tied the knot with high-school sweetheart, Sarah Arroyo, a wardrobe stylist in New York. The two wed June 20 at Studio 450, in NYC. The duo honeymooned in Capri, Italy.

Rickles well-wishes

I guess this is the best you can hope for when it comes to a birthday wish from renowned insult comic Don Rickles. "I can't believe you're getting older than me," 88-year-old Rickles told Jerry Blavat yesterday, on the eve of the Geator's birthday.

Blavat will celebrate his 74th tonight with a party at his joint, Memories in Margate (9518 Amherst Ave., Margate City, N.J.).

Speaking of the My Man Pots and Pans, Blavat's weekly party at the Golden Nugget (1 Castle Blvd., Atlantic City) moves from the Live Bar to the Deck, starting Tuesday and continuing each Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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