Rob Thomas did an anemic “Baba O’Riley” that was saved when the flashing, lighted Union Jack backdrop parted to reveal an army of New York fireman and police men — the same who attended the 9-11 concert that reunited the remaining members of the Who.
“As a teenager growing up in the austerity of post-war England, it was the music I heard emanating from America that gave me a dream to hang my life on,” Daltrey said. “To make music and make it there. I am deeply touched at receiving this honor, the warmth and affection I feel from our U.S. audience is humbling indeed. To be added to the list of past recipients of this award makes that dream come true.”