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Capitol Braces for Another British Invasion

Roger Daltrey of The Who will help welcome the bust of Winston Churchill to Statuary Hall.(Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)

photo of Billy House
October 24, 2013

Scoot over Hannibal Hamlin, Henry Clay, and Brigham Young.

Roger Daltrey, lead vocalist of the Who, will be the one singing and strutting his stuff Wednesday in National Statuary Hall at the Capitol—as part of a ceremony dedicating a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Well, maybe not so much strutting.

 

However, Speaker John Boehner's office has announced that Daltrey will be performing during the ceremony that gets underway at about 11 a.m. in the old meeting place of the House of Representatives, now home to some 100 statues of former politicians and other American notables.

"What better way to celebrate Winston Churchill's friendship to the United States than to have one of Britain's most legendary recording artists perform in the halls of the Capitol," Boehner said in a statement. "Roger's performance is sure to guarantee that the Churchill bust receives the first-class welcome it deserves."

In a statement from Daltrey also put out by Boehner's office, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee said he is "honored to be able to show my appreciation to this great man who, as our prime minister, fought for and secured freedom for Britain, America, and the citizens of the world."

There was no immediate comment from George Washington, Samuel Adams, Andrew Jackson, Ethan Allen—or even Dwight D. Eisenhower—from their various locations in Statuary Hall. Most of them are expected to be in attendance, however, along with congressional leaders and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The ceremony will air live on Speaker.gov.

Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the surviving members of the Who, recently announced plans to embark on a worldwide concert tour in 2015.

 

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