A remarkable list of actors, philanthropists, musicians, and athletes came out to show support for The Who’s Roger Daltrey on Friday (August 17) to benefit Teen Cancer America and UCLA Health at the Backyard Concert 2018. The private and sold-out event featured musical performances from Teen Cancer America co-founder Roger Daltrey, Ed Sheeran, Van Morrison, Jewel and Don McLean.
McLean and Sheeran teamed up for a duet performance of Don’s classic “Vincent.” (Check out their rehearsal video here)
“I have been aware of the philanthropic work of Roger Daltrey for many years, and that motivated me to participate,” said McLean in a statement. “I enjoyed all the music very much, and Ed Sheeran is very delightful to know and work with. Van Morrison put on a beautiful, swinging show… Everyone gave their best, and it was a stellar musical evening that raised money for a good cause.”
The event featured a live and silent auction ran by Heritage Auctions that included some very rare music memorabilia and art. Comedian/Actor/Host and Judge from America’s Got Talent, Howie Mandel, led the auction while writer/director Judd Apatow was the MC for the evening festivities.
Among the items featured in the auction was a special custom guitar donated by the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation that was signed by 75 music legends such as Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Ed Sheeran, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash, Don Everly, Elvis Costello and many more. (Click here to see all auction items)
The highlight of the night was the performance of Roger Daltrey, pulling from a repertoire of many Who hits such as: Join Together, Who Are You, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes, Giving It All Away, Baba O’riley, Young Man Blues, and Won’t Get Fooled Again.
A comedic, yet heartwarming moment during Roger’s performance is when Judd Apatow won a bid which allowed him sing alongside Daltrey to “My Generation.” On Apatow’s Instagram, he said,
I won an auction to sing My Generation with my hero Roger Daltrey to benefit Teen Cancer America. I had been practicing for it since I was ten. Look at all the photos. Clearly, I nailed it. Life is all downhill from here. Please give to this amazing charity.
(See Instagram post here)
Several actors, philanthropists, musicians, and athletes came out to show support including: Luke Walton, John Paul Dejoria, Sugar Ray Leonard, Courtney Cox, Kurt Rambis, Alicia Silverstone, Harry Hudson, Paul Stanley, Duane Martin, Ben Vereen, Leslie Mann, John Fogherty and many others.
The Backyard Concert event raised roughly $3.2 million and will benefit both Teen Cancer America and UCLA Health.
Many thanks to those who attended and the sponsors who helped make this all happen: Douglas Emmett, Merrill Lynch, Private Banking & Investment Group, Eastdil Secured, Christine and Jordan Kaplan, Rebecca and Ron Rothstein, Eloise and J.P. Dejoria, Deborah and Ken Panzer, UCLA Health, Michelman and Robinson LLP, Morgan Stanley, Hudson Pacific Properties, Cynthia L. and William E. Simon Jr. Foundation, Kennedy Wilson, Apogee, Don Lee Farms, Madison Partners, Worthe, Char and Chuck Fowler, Mindy and John Gray, Andrea and Donald Goodman, Apogee Electronics Corp., Bill and Leslie McMorrorw, Mary Ricks and Catherine Blagden, Cindy and Bill Simon, Kristin and Jeff Worthe, Mark Varo and Evan Rothstein – RVR Group, First Citizens Bank, French/West/Vaughan, Union Bank, Lisa and Bradley Mindlin Oro Capital Advisors, The Bagnard, Family Foundation, The Borzi Family Foundation, The Allan and Denise Edelson Family Foundation, Liebes Gardner Family, Ann Daly and John M. Gustafson, Barbara and Roy March, Adria and Pedro Marti, Allie, Kelly and Bob Newman, Suzanne and Richard Norton, Jamie and Andrew Schwartzberg, Sue and Steve Silk, Claire and Mike Van Konynenburg Foundation and Laurel Glen Vinyard – Alicia Minana and Rob Lovelace.