Roger Daltrey, of The Who, performed for the US Congress at the Capitol building on Wednesday, singing “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Stand By Me”.
Daltrey was invited to perform in a ceremony to unveil a bust honoring former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, one of the United States’ staunchest allies and instrumental in defeating the Nazis in World War II.
Democrat and Republican House and Senate leaders united for a few moments to honor the Prime Minister and enjoy a couple of songs from the British icon at the US Capitol.
Speaker of the House, John Boehner, introduced Roger Daltrey to those present for the ceremony.
“You will recall that earlier I promised some majesty and who better to represent rock royalty than Mr. Roger Daltrey, founder and lead singer of The Who, 100 million albums sold, Kennedy Center honoree, and a member of the rock and roll hall of fame.” Boehner said.
The speaker added Daltrey is an icon on both sides of the Atlantic and praised The Who frontman for his charitable efforts with Teenage Cancer Trust Series in the UK, which he has expanded to the US with Teen Cancer America project to provide hospital wards for kids with cancer in both countries.
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Speaker Boehner said Winston Churchill “saw in America the very exceptionalism we see today.”
First, Roger Daltrey performed “Stand By Me”, which according to Boehner said, he personally selected because it is a tribute to the enduring relationship between the US and the UK.
Accompanied by a choir of five women, an organist, and guitarist Daltrey delighted both Republicans and Democrats present which included, Secretary of State John Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who was seen bopping his head to the well known tunes.
After his performance, Roger Daltrey was surrounded by fans, congressional leaders included, trying to catch a photo op with the legendary musician.