News Daltrey: 'We should all start to be a bit more aware of our mortality'

The frontman has called for a halt to medical advances which could extend mortality well beyond the age of 100

Forever Heavenly, Royal Festival Hall, London

Songs of praise for posterity

Drummers - fit and they know it

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Pandora: Clipboard nitwits leave Sarah out in the cold

Fickle Labour MPs might regret the day they allowed Gordon Brown to force Tony Blair from No.10, but I dare say many would have Brown's wife Sarah over her high-maintenance predecessor.

Chris Townson: Drummer with John's Children

Although the group John's Children lasted for barely 18 months during 1966 and 1967 and issued only five singles, they have acquired a cult status which is due not just to the fact that Marc Bolan spent a few months in their ranks on his way to becoming a star with T. Rex. Rather, John's Children – named after their bass player John Hewlett, with the singer Andy Ellison and his partner-in-crime Chris Townson on drums completing the line-up – infused their live performances with raw energy and power chords worthy of The Who.

The worst gigs of all time

Everyone has their memories of great concerts. But what about those that the artists would prefer we forget? Pierre Perrone refuses to let them die

Henson out of Wales squad amid fitness concerns

It would have been quite a sight: Gavin Henson, hair permed and legs waxed, playing Test rugby in wet and windy Patagonia, where the local definition of a prima donna is a farmer with a centrally-heated house. Unfortunately, the celebrity centre has been withdrawn from the Wales squad to tour Argentina this summer after failing to meet fitness standards. He will, according to the new national coach Gareth Jenkins, spend the summer "getting himself right" with an eye on next year's World Cup in France.

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Babyshambles, The Brickyard, Carlisle

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