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Geddy Lee performs The Seeker at The Who Hits 50! Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert

Tue, Nov 11, 2014@7:49PM | comments

UPDATE - 11/14@9:55AM: Check out this huge pro-shot Facebook photo gallery from the concert including plenty of great pics of Geddy.

UPDATE - 11/12@1:48PM: Here's a Rolling Stone review with some more kind words for Geddy:

Geddy Lee, in contrast, put in a laidback performance on "The Seeker." The Rush singer, who had flown in from Canada especially for the gig and celebrates his own band's 40th anniversary this year, also played bass and later said he was "thrilled to support the Teenage Cancer Trust while celebrating the music of the Who, a band that changed my life."

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UPDATE - 11/12@10:15AM: Here's a review of the show from The Guardian (thanks Martin D):

... Rush's Geddy Lee's leather-lunged take on The Seeker confirms that when the Who rock, they really rock. ...

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UPDATE - 11/12@9:57AM: And here's yet another great vid of the performance from FB user Sandy Whisker.

UPDATE - 11/12@9:51AM: Here's a YouTube video of Geddy Lee's entire performance of The Seeker:

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UPDATE - 11/11@10:11PM: Facebook user Paul Dobson has uploaded video of Geddy's performance.

UPDATE - 11/11@9:54PM: Reader Sandy W also attended the event and sent along some great photos. He also mentioned that Ged also came out at the very end to applaud Roger Daltrey who made a surprise appearance and sang Substitute and Young Man Blues.

The Who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a The Who Hits 50! world tour that kicks off later this month and runs through next year. To kick things off, the band hosted a benefit concert of Who music in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust earlier today at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London, England. The Who's house band was joined onstage to perform Who classics by a number of famous artists including Rush's Geddy Lee. As was widely anticipated, Geddy performed The Seeker - the one The Who song that Rush included on their 2004 Feedback covers EP. MC Chris Evans introduced Geddy who came out and said the following:

Well, Hello! Very happy to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Who for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Thank you all for supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. This is The Seeker!

He then cranked out the song with the help of The Who's house band. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder then came on and did Naked Eye, Won't Get Fooled Again and everyone joined him onstage for Listening to You, where Geddy hung out towards the rear stage and shared a mic with the keyboard player. You can read a full report on The Who's Facebook page and they promise to have some photos posted later too. You can also follow the evening's events on Twitter using the hashtag #TheWhoHits50. Many thanks to Bh2112 for the photos of Geddy and the report, and to @UMRockLegends for the full stage photo above.

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