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The British Are Coming: CNN Special Presentation of ‘THE SIXTIES Features Micky Dolenz Premieres Thursday, Jan. 30

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Multiple Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), will reignite the landmark musical revolution of 1964 in this special presentation from their CNN Original Series. The one-hour special, THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:00pmET and PT. The full 10-part episode CNN Original Series THE SIXTIES will begin in May 2014.

The British Invasion begins with the breakthrough performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was watched by a record-setting 73 million viewers, blazing a culture-changing path through America fifty years ago next month. The Beatles’ success was quickly followed by other British bands hoping to conquer the hearts of American teens. Those siren calls of The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Dave Clarke 5, The Who, and The Rolling Stones are all revisited in this paean to the power of the music that defined a generation – and remain vital and relevant today.

The Ed Sullivan Show introducing The Beatles to America aired on Feb. 9, 1964, and their thrilling, mesmerizing appearance launched a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that have influenced virtually every aspect of modern American life. Throughout the special, soul song legend Smokey Robinson; Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young); Ahmir“Questlove” Thompson, music journalist, record producer and drummer for the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots; rock columnist David Wild; Micky Dolenz of the American musical group, The Monkees; and more, all provide insights into how the “British invasion” was actually a reciprocal flow of influences back and forth with American artists. The legendary era of Bob Dylan, Motown, The Beach Boys, and others, laid down the beats that formed the soundtrack of a generation.

THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion follows the strong ratings success of THE SIXTIES: The Assassination of JFK (1963), which was seen by 21.0 million total viewers and 8.2 million viewers in the coveted 25 to 54 age demo. The Assassination of JFK (1963) and The British Invasion will air again when full THESIXTIES series launches in May 2014. The 10 episodes of THE SIXTIES focus on the indelible impact of technology, drugs, music, “free love,” and civil rights, bringing new insights to the landmark events and extraordinary people which shaped our history and character as Americans – and changed the world.

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The Who Will Retire From Live Performances Next Year

Veteran rockers The Who are ready to retire from the stage after one last spectacular world tour to mark their 50th anniversary next year, the band said.

Surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who formed the band in 1964, are planning a spectacular series of gigs to mark their half century next year (14) but insist it will be their last time out on the road.

The band wrapped up a tour of its classic album Quadrophenia at London’s Royal Albert Hall in July but both rockers have had health issues in recent years – Daltrey needs regular throat check-ups after having a pre-cancerous growth removed in 2010 and Townshend uses special earpieces to combat recurring tinnitus.

Earlier this year, singer Daltrey hinted the Substitute hitmakers might mark their 50th anniversary after witnessing fans’ reactions to The Rolling Stones’ reunion gigs last year.

Townshend has now backed the idea of an anniversary tour, telling the London Evening Standard, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

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Roger Daltrey’s Tears at Grandad’s Wartime Letter

Veteran rocker Roger Daltrey was moved to tears when he read a wartime letter from his grandfather bravely describing life on the battlefield as “wonderful”.

The Who frontman perused a dispatch from his soldier grandad and became emotional when he realized his ancestor was deliberately hiding the hellish conditions in the trenches of World War I to prevent worrying his family.
Daltrey tells Uncut magazine, “All my family talked about was the fun they had in the war, but little signs would come out that it wasn’t fun at all. When you go back through our family, my grandad was in the First World War.
“I saw a letter from him. He was at one of the big battles – might have been the Somme (in France) – and he’s writing home. You wouldn’t believe what he’s writing. ‘It’s wonderful here. The sun is shining. The birds are singing.’ You know damn well well it was exactly the opposite. He was in hell. He was just trying to send some hope back to his loved ones. I cried when I read that.”

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The Who, Debbie Harry and Other Rockers To Play Charity Gig

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The Who are teaming up with Debbie Harry, Richard  Ashcroft and Jeff Beck to put on a charity concert to raise funds for a pioneering new cancer treatment.

Legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith and The Who’s manager Bill Curbishley have organised the gig at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo in January (11) to help U.K. charity Killing Cancer.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding the installation of groundbreakinglight therapy lasers in British hospitals.

And Goldsmith admits the cause is close to his heart following the recent death of his beloved mother.
He says, “I lost my mother to cancer in the past 12 months. I saw how she struggled but finally lost the fight.

“The funds Bill, myself and some great friends in the business have already pledged, is giving pancreatic cancer patients real hope”.

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The Who – Daltrey Thinks Revamped Quadrophenia Tour Is Possible In 2011

Rockers The Who are hoping to take their mods versus rockers rock opera Quadrophenia  back out on the road early next year (11).
Roger Daltrey has confirmed to Billboard.com that he and bandmate Pete Townshend are planning a new stage presentation of the group’s 1973 conce pt album, which they performed with guests at Hyde Park in London in 1996 and again earlier this year (10) to mark the 10th anniversary of benefit shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.
And this time, the world will get to see the ambitious show.

Daltrey says, “We’ve got ideas… We’re looking on probably being out t here, hopefully if all goes well, in the spring of next year… We defini tely don’t want to stop. We feel it’s the role of the artist to go all th e way through life ’til you can’t do it anymore.” But the singer acknowledges that Townshend’s battle with severe Tinnitu s could hamper plans: “It’s nothing that can’t be sorted out – just diffe rent monitor systems, different on-stage volume, which is where the issue is. Pete, being the addictive character he is, if he gets carried away h e tends to turn his volume up to the old levels, and that’s when it cause s the trouble. That’s one of the problems with rock ‘n’ roll, once the ol d adrenalin kicks in.” And the 66 year old also worries about the logistics of staging the ene rgetic show at his age: “There are issues with it to make it work at our age… I always had a bit of a problem, as far as the crowd was concerned , with the way we were presenting that show, the way our position within the piece was explained.
“It needs a revamp. It would be dated to put it out as it is now. We ne ed to fix that area, but I know how to do it.”