The Royal Albert Hall Stars, a new project launched as part of the #RAH150 celebrations, celebrated incredible figures who’ve been instrumental throughout the Hall’s history. On September 4, 2018, the inaugural 11 stars were unveiled, celebrating some of the most important groups and individuals from the past 150 years of the Royal Albert Hall.
Among the eleven names, Roger Daltrey is being honored with a carved stone on the RAH version of Hollywood’s walk of fame for his tireless work on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust, conducting series of week-long concerts in support of the charity each year since 2000.
Watch Roger receive his star in the video below.
After Roger received his award, in his own words:
“The Who and I have come a long way since being banned from the Hall back in 1972!” said Daltrey. “This star symbolizes how much we have achieved for young people with cancer over the years and I would like to thank all the artists who have been there for me and the charity since we started.”
“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together and am honored to receive a star in recognition of this work.”
Among the rest of the people honored at the ceremony, were ten others, including:
- Queen Victoria, who in 1871 laid the foundation stone for what was supposed to known as The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences. As she laid the stone Queen Victoria announced that it was to be called the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences, in memory of her beloved ‘Bertie’.
- Sir Winston Churchill, who gave 16 rousing speeches at the Hall between 1911 and 1959.
- Dame Shirley Bassey who has performed there on 45 occasions.
- Albert Einstein, who in 1933 addressed the venue about his fears over the state of Europe and the rise to power of Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany.
- The Chelsea Arts Club who, for fifty years from 1908 to 1958 held their annual Chelsea Arts Club Ball each New Years Eve at the Royal Albert Hall.
- Eric Clapton, who has performed more than 200 concerts at the Hall. (Pictured with Roger Daltrey in featured article photo)
- Muhammad Ali, who took part in three boxing matches at the Hall between 1971 and 1979.
- The Suffragette Movement, who held 25 meetings at the Royal Albert Hall between 1911 and 1918.
- Adele, who won a Grammy award for Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Set Fire To the Rain’ which she sang at the Hall.
- The Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, better known as The Proms, which are held each summer at the Royal Albert Hall.
After receiving his Star, Roger spoke to our partners at Teenage Cancer Trust about how it felt to receive such an honor, as well as sharing his favorite memories doing the shows.