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The Who Making Palace Gig A Benefit

Of the Oakland Press

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The Who won't be making any money from their Oct. 21 concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The veteran British rock group plans to donate all proceeds from the show to the Gleaners Food Bank and Focus: HOPE, which singer Roger Daltrey says is a tribute to the Detroit area's special place in the Who's history.

"The first gig we ever played in the U.S. was in Detroit," Daltrey noted in a posting on the band's official web site, "and we have always had an affinity with this part of the country. Pete (Townshend, the Who's guitarist and songwriter) and I are very aware of the problems people are having in Michigan and feel we should give something back for all the support we have had over the last 40 years."

Daltrey's note is not entirely accurate, however. The Who's first U.S. concert was actually March 25, 1967 in New York City, part of a nine-show package produced by radio DJ Murray the K that also included Cream.

But group's June 14, 1967 date at the Fifth Dimension Club in Ann Arbor was the kick-off of its first full U.S. tour. The Who then returned to the area for a Nov. 22, 1967 show at Southfield High School.

Tickets for the Who's concert are on sale, priced at $97.50, $59.50 and $39.50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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