The Who to be recognised for their almost six-decade long career with Icon Award at Scottish Music Awards
The Who will be recognised for their decades-long contribution to music at the Scottish Music Awards.
The band, made up of Roger Daltrey, 79, and Pete Townshend, 78, have enjoyed a career spanning almost six-decades after forming in London in 1964.
The Who will receive the icon award, sponsored by Rox – Diamonds & Thrills, at the event, which will take place at one of Scotland’s best-loved live venues – the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow – on November 4.
They will be recognised for their achievements and contribution to music at the ceremony, which raises funds for music therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins.
Frontman Roger said: ‘We’ve been involved with Nordoff and Robbins since the beginning… and it’s good to see it’s still going.’
Honour: The Who will be recognised for their decades-long contribution to music at the Scottish Music Awards
He added: ‘I hope people continue to support the charity.’
The ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Edith Bowman, who said: ‘I’m incredibly excited to be back hosting the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards at the Barrowland Ballroom.
‘Particularly to highlight the 25th anniversary but specifically to raise vital money and awareness of the incredible Nordoff and Robbins and their mission to help people to connect and communicate through the power of music.
‘Once again, it’s been another incredible year in Scotland’s music scene and I’m looking forward to recognising and celebrating that talent at the ceremony.’
Money raised at the event through ticket sales will fund music therapy sessions through Nordoff and Robbins.
Earlier this year, The Who hinted at retirement after almost 60 years together.
Guitarist Pete claimed he and lead singer Roger, who are the only remaining bandmembers, are considering calling it a day due to their ‘old’ ages.
He revealed the pair may take inspiration from Sir Elton John, who will hang up his microphone after his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which comprises of 333 shows and ended in July 2023, having begun in September 2018.
Award: The band, made up of Roger Daltrey, 79, and Pete Townshend, 78, have enjoyed a career spanning almost six decades after forming in London in 1964
Incredible: They will be recognised for their achievements and contribution to music at the ceremony, which raises funds for music therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins.
Pete told The Sun: ‘It’s difficult to make a decision going forward, to say we’re going to do this or that, because we don’t know how well we’re going to be or how fit we’re going to be.
‘We’re both old. That in itself has a downside because, apart from what you can or can’t do on the stage, when you finish touring you come back to normal life – whatever it is that you decide to do to fill your time away from the road – and it’s harder and takes longer.
‘So life slows down because it’s so much harder getting up and down the stairs, but it also speeds up.’
Roger previously told Record Collector magazine: ‘We’re at that stage where it’s obviously getting closer to retirement.
‘But all the time we’re doing well I’m never going to say we’re not going to do something more in the future.
‘I’ve always said that you don’t give this business up, it gives you up.’
John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Doug Sandom were all members of The Who before their deaths, while Kenney Jones last performed with the band in 2014.
Back in January, The Who announced their first UK tour in almost six years.
The band were accompanied by a full orchestra when it got underway this summer.
Iconic: (L-R) The band’s original line-up, John, Keith, Pete and Roger in 1978
Oh no! Earlier this year, Guitarist Pete claimed he and lead singer Roger are considering calling it a day due to their ‘old’ ages (pictured with John Entwistle and Keith Moon in 1966)
The mod icons, who headlined their first tour in 1962, travelled the UK from 6 to 23 of July.
The new roster of gigs included a return to Edinburgh – 40 years after their last performance in the Scottish capital – and a show in Derby, where they last performed in 1966.
Confirming the tour, singer Roger said: ‘Having not toured the UK for six years it’s great that at this time of our careers we have the chance to go to places that are not on the usual touring map Edinburgh Castle and Derby as well as the other cities across the country that we haven’t been to for decades will make this very special for me.
‘This opportunity will give our UK Who fans the chance to hear our current show which with the addition of an orchestra takes our music to new heights.’
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