Rock legends Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the Who say they owe much of their musical success to teenagers. In a heartfelt repayment, the two will announce the launch of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program, which will serve teens and young adult cancer patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The new program - the first of its kind in the United States - will build on the previous successful efforts of the Teenage Cancer Trust, which has helped fund 19 special teen cancer units in the United Kingdom. Rock icon Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, who has been closely involved with the program in the U.K., will also attend the news conference to lend his support. The rockers will all sign a guitar during the press conference that will be hung on the wall in the new UCLA cancer unit. The vision of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program is to ensure that every young person receives the best possible care and professional support to help meet the unique physical and emotional challenges resulting from a cancer diagnosis. The belief is that teenagers and young adults shouldn't stop enjoying their youth just because they have cancer.
What a cool thing. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend of The Who and Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin are coming to campus to open a new Teen Cancer center. (I hope that it's not just me and Classof66 who know who The Who and Led Zeppelin are ... some of you youngsters might know Zeppelin -- I think American Idol dedicated a night to them.)
That video above is for the song "The Song Is Over." I've always loved it. Daltrey and Townsend both sing on it ... I love the "Pure and Easy" refrain at the end. And while I don't want to make light even a little bit of the great thing that's being done here for young people with cancer ... "The Song Is Over does sort of fit the overall mood on Bruins Nation.
Mostly, though, it's a great song.