UCD to honour Who frontman

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey is to receive a prestigious award from UCD, it emerged today.

The lead singer of the rock legends will visit the university’s Literary and Historical Society on Wednesday to accept its James Joyce Award.

Previous recipients of the UCD gong include: Beatles’ producer, George Martin; academic Noam Chomsky; US comic Will Ferrell; writer Sir Salman Rushdie; former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Formed in 1962, The Who were one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s and sold millions of albums in Europe and the US.

Famous for their deafening shows and for smashing guitars on stage, the band’s hit singles included 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' and 'My Generation'.

“Roger Daltrey has had a truly incredible impact on the world of music,” said Ian Hastings, Auditor of the UCD Literary and Historical Society.

“As the charismatic front man of The Who, he helped produce some of the greatest and most influential rock music in history.

“It is for this outstanding contribution to music history that we present with the James Joyce Award.”


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