AFP

NEW YORK

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will honour The Who as the British band marks a half-century at a star-studded charity concert next month.

Springsteen will present an award and fellow 1980s-era rockers Joan Jett and Billy Idol will perform at the May 28 event in New York, the Recording Academy said. The Recording Academy, best known for the music industry’s annual Grammy Awards, announced the concert as its latest benefit for MusiCares, its program to support musicians in need.

The Who - led by frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend - were behind some of the rock era’s best-known anthems including “My Generation” and “I Can’t Explain.” The band is playing widely this year on what it says will be its final tour. The Who performs Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

MusiCares said that the New York concert would honour Townshend and The Who’s longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, for their support of addiction recovery programs. Townshend and other Who members will perform, although Daltrey was not listed.