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Legendary Rockers The Who Brought Down the House at VH1’s Third Annual ’VH1 Rock Honors’


“VH1 ROCK HONORS: THE WHO” PREMIERES ON THURSDAY, JULY 17 AT 9PM* ON VH1, VH1 CLASSIC AND MHD Show Features Tribute Performances By Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Incubus, The Flaming Lips, and Tenacious D. with Appearances by Rainn Wilson, Sean Penn, Adam Sandler, Mila Kunis, and David Duchovny Event Raised $1 Million For Multiple Charities Watch Sneak Peek Performances Online Beginning Tuesday, July 15 and Full Show Plus Exclusive Online Performances by The Who Beginning at 9PM on Thursday, July 17 at
LOS ANGELES.- Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Incubus, The Flaming Lips, and Tenacious D took the stage to pay tribute to legendary rock band The Who and gave the audience a night to remember. The third annual “VH1 Rock Honors” honored the music and influence of revolutionary rock band, The Who. This was the first “VH1 Rock Honors” to salute just one band.

Taped in Los Angeles at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA on Saturday, July 12, “VH1 Rock Honors: The Who” will premiere Thursday, July 17 at 9PM* on VH1, VH1 Classic and MHD. The full show, including exclusive online performances by The Who will be available online at on Thursday, July 17 at 9PM* when it premieres on air. Sneak peek performances and celebrity interviews from the event will launch online at starting Tuesday, July 15.

The show saluted The Who through spoken tributes and filmed packages featuring Sting, Dave Navarro, Billy Idol, Billy Bob Thornton, Noel Gallagher, Slash, Coldplay and many others. Throughout the show, VH1 gave viewers a nostalgic look at The Who through archival footage and interviews straight from the super-group themselves.

Introduced by David Duchovny, the Foo Fighters kicked off the celebration with an electric performance of “Young Man Blues” and were joined by special guest Gaz Coombes the lead singer from Supergrass, who is currently on tour with the Foo Fighters, for the fan-favorite, “Bargain.”

With pinball machine in tow, Rainn Wilson took the stage to introduce The Flaming Lips who rocked out with a medley of songs from The Who rock musical and Broadway hit, Tommy.

Continuing the hit parade, Grammy winners Incubus introduced by Mila Kunis, performed a memorable rendition of “I Can See For Miles” followed by “I Can’t Explain.”

Dubbing The Who “the greatest band of all time,” comedy-rock duo Tenacious D, featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass blasted onto the stage as only they know how with an acoustic version of “Squeeze Box.”

Next, Sean Penn introduced Pearl Jam who turned up their amps and rocked the house performing The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me,” followed with an explosive rendition of the hit, “The Real Me.”

To the tune of “My Generation,” Adam Sandler set the stage for the moment the crowd had been waiting for...the chance to rock out to The Who.

As The Who took the stage for the grand finale, it seemed as though time stood still, transforming the audience back generations as they performed their biggest and most influential songs including: “Baba O’Riley,” “Who Are You,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and “My Generation” among others.

“VH1 Rock Honors: The Who” raised over $1 million benefiting the efforts of various charities including: The Double O Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, The VH1 Save The Music Foundation and select VH1 Classic Rock Autism organizations.

“VH1 Rock Honors: The Who” is sponsored by Taco Bell Corp, Garnier(R) Fructis(R), Sprint, SOYJOY(R), Subaru and Rhapsody.

“VH1 Rock Honors: The Who” is directed by David Mallet and executive produced by Greg Sills, and Lee Rolontz and Rick Krim for VH1. Paul Flattery and Patrizia DiMaria serve as producers with David Wild and Kelly Brock as co-producers.

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