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Iconic Vespa from The Who Quadrophenia Tour coming to Eden Sessions for charity

The original Vespa GS scooter from The Who’s 1996 Quadrophenia Tour, ridden on stage by Billy Idol as Mod icon Ace Face, is coming to the Eden Project for The Who’s Eden Session on Tuesday, July 25.

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Billy Idol on Quadrophenia scooter

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The Who fans will get a chance to have a selfie taken with the 1964 scooter to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity, which The Who’s Roger Daltrey is an honorary patron of.

Following the end of the tour, the scooter was stored in Daltrey’s garage in pieces and almost beyond repair, before being restored earlier this year with the help of Daltrey’s son-in-law, Des Murphy. Murphy enlisted the expertise of Aaron White from South Coast Customs and Pro Design Scooter Works.

The legendary rock band will perform to a sold out crowd and close this year’s Eden Sessions season, which has seen Lionel Richie, Yungblud, The War on Drugs, Jack Johnson, Incubus, Pet Shop Boys, Kasabian and Anne-Marie put on phenomenal shows in front of the famous Biomes.

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and band will take to the stage backed by a full orchestra on July 25.

Since emerging onto the rock ‘n’ roll scene in the mid-1960s, The Who has celebrated a remarkable musical journey, playing more than 2,000 gigs and headlining renowned festivals and stadiums the world over.

Debuting in 1964 with anthems like “I Can’t Explain,” “The Kids Are Alright,” and “My Generation,” The Who has since delivered chart-toppers including “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and “You Better You Bet.”

Inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, The Who's illustrious career boasts 27 Top 40 singles and 17 Top Ten albums in the US and UK. From the ground-breaking rock opera "Tommy" in 1969 to the timeless classic "Who Are You" in 1978, their music continues to resonate across generations.

In September 2019 the Eden Project and global live events company AEG Presents announced a new partnership, Eden Sessions Ltd, to run the Eden Sessions.

In September 2021 Volvo Car UK announced a new three-year partnership as the Official Automotive Partner of the Eden Project and the Eden Sessions music concerts, a deal brokered by AEG Global Partnerships.