The Who will be among the star-studded cast recruited by “America's Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell to record an upcoming benefit single to assist victims of a devastating apartment block fire in London's Grenfell Tower which killed 17 people last week. The legendary British rockers were among the recent big names added along with One Direction's Liam Payne to a growing list of artists involved with the project.
Music-News reports on June 17 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will lead the charity project and the multi-platinum sellers confirmed the news on Saturday via an update on their official Facebook page. The Who and company are gathering in Sarn Studio in London this weekend to record a version of Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 pop classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
The single is expected to be finished by Sunday and released on June 19. Other artists already confirmed for the recording include Stormzy, Lily Allen, Emeli Sande, Craig David and James Arthur, as well as heavily rumored participation by Rita Ora, Leona Lewis, Paloma Faith, James Blunt and Gregory Porter.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered in the disastrous fire which swept through Grenfell Tower in West London,” wrote The Who in their Facebook update. "As Simon Cowell gathers singers and musicians together to record a charity single for the victims of the fire, The Who have agreed to be participants.”
The “Pinball Wizard” hitmakers recently announced that a classical version of their 1973 concept album Quadrophenia dubbed The Classic Quadrophenia Tour, which stars The Who co-founder Pete Townshend along with Billy Idol and Alfie Boe, will hit the U.S. in September. The fall romp kicks off on Sept. 2 in Lenox, Mass., at Tanglewood and wraps up Sept. 16 in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre.
The Who's summer tour of North America will kick off with a headline appearance on July 13 in Quebec City, Quebec, at Quebec City Summer Festival and wrap up on Aug. 16 in Stateline, Nev., at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys. The band will then perform their first-ever tour of South America which launches Sept. 23 in Rio De Janeiro at Rock City and wraps up Oct. 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio, at Unico de La Plata with Guns N' Roses co-headlining on select dates.