Tonight, a sold-out crowd of 6,000 lucky fans watched The Who play an intimate, hour-long set of their most memorable songs at UCLA’s Pauley Pavillion. Incubus, Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters and Tenacious D also took the stage and paid tribute to The Who by covering some of the band’s biggest hits. In addition to rockers, stars like David Duchovny, Rainn Wilson, Mila Kunis, Sean Penn and Adam Sandler were on hand to honor the most explosive band in rock.
Highlights of VH1’s 2008 Rock Honors included:
Gaz Coombes of Supergrass joining Foo Fighers on stage for “Bargain.”
Rainn Wilson from The Office as the pinball wizard (“from Scranton down to Fresno, I must’ve played ‘em all”).
Wayne Coyne getting passed around the audience in an inflatable space ball.
Mila Kunis and her dress.
Tenacious D?s acoustic version of “Squeeze Box.”
Pearl Jam accompanied by a ten-piece string section on “Love, Reign O’er Me.”
Adam Sandler?s musical intro of The Who (to the tune of ?Magic Bus?).
Roger Daltrey?s trademark “Won?t Get Fooled Again” scream.
Jeremy Piven?s date might deserve an honorable mention. (No image available, unfortunately.)
Tune in to VH1 on Thursday July 17 at 9PM ET to see the entire show (and see it in HD on MHD) and check out VH1.com throughout the week to see sneak preview performances from Foo Fighters and The Who as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews hosted by Rainn Wilson from The Office. After Thursday’s show, VH1.com will feature exclusive The Who songs that didn’t air on TV.
Full set list and rundown after the jump …
Rockers like Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl and the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne payed tribute to The Who this weekend along with reality TV stars like Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian. Below, check pics from Rock Honors’ red carpet and Intermix’s 3rd Annual VH1 Rock Honors VIP Party. Tune in Thursday, July 17 to watch the big show.
Rock Honors 2008 Web site
The stage is being set for Rock Honors: The Who at the Pauley Pavilion. I’m lucky enough to have an all-access pass, and walking around a day before the show, you can tell something big is in the air. The monitors are being tested and the psychedelic images are flowing ?- giant pulsating speakers, trees, planets — I see it all, man (and it totally makes sense). OK, so there may be one or two acid flashbacks in the course of reporting, but this is the Who, and if you?ve seen the movie Tommy, we should be on the same page.
To find out what’s going on behind the scenes the day before the big show, take the jump.
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Can’t wait that long? We’ll have exclusive photos from the event and sneak performances next week. Also enter our sweepstakes to win tickets to next year’s Rock Honors, and possibly see some of these sexy frontwomen up close.
Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters jumped in early. Then the Flaming Lips said hell, yeah. Now Incubus has been added to this year’s Rock Honors festivities. So prepare to be overwhelmed on July 17. The alt-metal juggernaut that features Brandon Boyd up front is skilled at mowing down everything in its path, much like the Who themselves. See if they bring a metal slant to some of the band’s classics.
Here’s an songlist of their best videos. Crank it up and get psyched for their Rock Honors performance.
Get ready – this year’s VH1 Rock Honors show is celebrating the Who in all their explosive glory. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and the Flaming Lips will be on hand to rock the house at UCLA next month. We’re airing the show on July 17. But if you want to go to the live event on July 12, here’s the 411 on getting yourself into Pauley Pavillion.
This Friday, June 6, tickets go on sale to members of the Who’s Fan Club. One day later (June 7), members of both the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam fan clubs have purchasing access as well. On Sunday, June 8, the general public will be able to hit Ticketmaster for purchases (213-480-3232). Prices range from $300, $125, $65. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the following charities, Double O, Teenage Cancer Trust, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, VH1 Classic Autism campaign. Don’t miss the chance to see the legends live.
From “The Kids Are Alright” to “Who Are You” the British invasion’s most manic outfit has always been one of rock’s cornerstones. Talk about characters: the brainiac songwriter with the flying arms, the sexy singer with the robust stage presence, the silent bassist with the keen chops, and the tornado drummer with the crazed lifestyle – the guys in the Who have a combined chemistry that’s given their every move a daunting impact. That’s why they’ve been chosen to be the centerpiece of VH1’s 2008 Rock Honors presentation. It’s the first time the show has celebrated a single artist at its annual bash. The presentation airs on VH1 and VH1 Classic on July 17. An array of other high-vis artists will help celebrate the foursome – Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle, and Keith Moon – all night long. Yep, both Townsend and Daltrey will perform on the show.
Want to get a quick glimpse at the band’s storied career? Check out this footage from the Amazing Journey documentary. And sure, here are some cool pics as well.