July 15, 2008 / 11:53 PM / 10 years ago

The Who to play private party in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British rock band the Who will play a private show at a historic theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday to help promote the “Rock Band” videogame, a source involved with the event said.

Roger Daltrey of The Who arrives at the taping of the third annual VH1 Rock Honors: The Who concert in Los Angeles July 12, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The party and concert, organized by the game’s developer Harmonix Music Systems and publisher MTV Games, will take place at the 82-year-old Orpheum Theatre, which holds about 2,000 people.

The Who’s 1971 anthem “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is among the 58 tracks on the set list of “Rock Band,” which was released to great acclaim late last year.

The band played its first U.S. show in more than a year on Saturday, during a taping of VH1’s annual “Rock Honors” show. A handful of younger bands, including Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters, covered Who songs, and then the guests of honor took to the stage for an hour to dust off classics such as “Baba O’Riley” and “My Generation.” Highlights will air on the cable channel on Thursday.

Who vocalist Roger Daltrey, 64, and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, 63, are the band’s only surviving original members. Bassist Pino Palladino is standing in for John Entwistle, who died of a drug-related heart attack in 2002, while Zak Starkey — son of Ringo Starr — is the latest replacement for drummer Keith Moon, who overdosed on pills in 1978.

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