The annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows at the stately Royal Albert Hall have become synonymous with strong line-ups, a chance to catch huge bands in a relatively intimate atmosphere and seemingly impromptu collaborations. This release collates fifteen performances, with The Who opening proceedings with a propulsive take on The Seeker and closing festivities with the impressive new(ish) track Tea and Theatre.
The collaborated performances were doubtless better in person; Roger Daltrey and Razorlight’s muscular take on Summertime Blues is decent, if plagued by a dubious sound but Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher’s stab at The Jam’s The Butterfly Collector is much more successful. These aside, it’s mostly a case of bands simply contributing a succession of strong, linear performances with The Coral’s Dreaming of You and Gruff Rhys’ sonic experimentation amongst the highlights. Ultimately, good performances, good songs and a good cause make for a worthy purchase, although Judas Priest are bafflingly musically incongruous next to the likes of Kasabian, The View and Bloc Party.
The DVD can be purchased direct from the Teenage Cancer Trust website before receiving a general release on May 19th.