WASHINGTON, DC - Multi-platinum recording artist Roger Daltrey, CBE, founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who, will perform next week at a U.S. Capitol ceremony honoring Winston Churchill. On Wednesday, October 30, congressional leaders and Secretary of State John Kerry will gather in National Statuary Hall to dedicate a bust of the former British prime minister. The ceremony – which will air live on Speaker.gov – gets underway at 11:00 am ET.
"What better way to celebrate Winston Churchill's friendship to the United States than to have one of Britain's most legendary recording artists perform in the halls of the Capitol," Speaker Boehner said. "Roger's performance is sure to guarantee that the Churchill bust receives the first-class welcome it deserves."
“I am pleased to be part of the celebration of Winston Churchill and the longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States,” Roger Daltrey, CBE, said. “I am honoured to be able to show my appreciation to this great man who, as our Prime Minister, fought for and secured freedom for Britain, America and the citizens of the world.”
About Roger Daltrey, CBE. Roger Daltrey, CBE is founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who, which has sold some 100 million albums worldwide and is widely considered to be one of the biggest touring rock bands in history. In addition to their many gold and platinum albums, Mr. Daltrey has won the two most prestigious British music awards -- the Brit and Ivor Novello – both for special achievement in popular music. He was also awarded the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef from the national music charity that serves vulnerable children. In the U.S., Mr. Daltrey is a Kennedy Center Honoree and has been inducted into The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. He is actively involved in charitable work both as a solo artist and jointly with other members of The Who. Daltrey was instrumental in starting the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series in London in 2000 -- with The Who performing on four occasions in an effort to raise the funds to build dedicated hospital wards for teenagers with cancer. More recently, he founded Teen Cancer America, which aims to bring the charity's work to the USA.