ABC News RadioThe Who‘s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey recently visited Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to attend the opening of a new recreational area designed for young adults and teenagers that the rock legends’ Teen Cancer America charity helped fund. Much of the money that paid for the facility, called The Lounge, was paid for by a special concert The Who played a couple of years ago at Madison Square Garden.

Speaking with reporters at the event, Townshend maintained that one of the positive aspects of being in a famous band is that he can raise a lot of money for charity with relatively little effort.

“It’s incredible…You can do a show and raise, after expenses and everything else, around half a million dollars,” he noted. “And then if you get sponsors folding behind you, it can go up to a million or more. It’s a big chunk of money to raise in one night for doing stuff that you do every day anyway.”

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer added, “It’s such a great thing to be able to do. I tell you, this is something I thank God for every day…I always say, if you want to be charitable, write a f****** check, but I can just do what I do. Just turn ’round one way…Ka-ching!”

The Lounge is the latest in a series of facilities geared toward teens and young adults with cancer that have opened at various medical centers around the U.S. with the help of donations from Teen Cancer America. Townshend and Daltrey co-founded the charity in 2012.

Meanwhile, Townshend also talked with media members about the status of his relationship with Daltrey, with whom he often has quarreled regarding the direction of The Who.

“It’s still not perfect,” Pete admitted. “You know, we have different ideas and I think that’s always been the way.” Having said that, Townshend pointed out that he very much admired the way that Daltrey dealt with his bout with viral meningitis that forced the band to push back the second part of its 2015 North American tour until this year. The trek, which wrapped up its first leg on Tuesday night in Denver, gets going again with an April 26 show in Toronto and runs through a May 29 performance in Las Vegas.

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