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Roger Daltrey to perform at US Capitol's Churchill ceremony

Roger Daltrey performs on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York
Roger Daltrey performs on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York

The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey will rock the House -- and Senate -- next week when he performs at the US Capitol in honor of British former prime minister Winston Churchill.

US lawmakers will unveil a bust of Churchill in National Statuary Hall on October 30, and House Speaker John Boehner's office said the English rock royalty member will participate.

"I am pleased to be part of the celebration of Winston Churchill and the longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States," Daltrey said in a statement issued by Boehner's office.

Boehner said Daltrey's participation "is sure to guarantee that the Churchill bust receives the first-class welcome it deserves."

The ceremony in National Statuary Hall, where a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was unveiled earlier this year, will be attended by American lawmakers as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry.

There was no immediate word on the format or scope of Daltrey's Capitol performance.

The Who have sold some 100 million records worldwide with hits like "Substitute" and "My Generation," the stuttering anthem in which Daltrey sneered "Hope I die before I get old."

The band framed part of the so-called British Invasion of rock bands that traveled across the Atlantic in the 1960s and made lasting impacts on the United States.

Daltrey is a Kennedy Center honoree and has been inducted with The Who into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He has been involved in charity work, notably the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series which began in London in 2000.

In 1946, World War II ally Churchill gave his remarks that later became known as his "Iron Curtain" speech at a small college in Fulton, Missouri.

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