Capitol Braces for Another British Invasion

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Roger Daltrey attends the UK Premiere of 'Sensation - The Story of The Who's Tommy' at Riverside Studios on October 22, 2013 in London, England.
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Oct. 24, 2013, 10:28 a.m.

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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