Paul McCartney, Elton John to Headline Queen’s Jubilee Show
Former Beatle Paul McCartney will star in a London concert to mark the U.K. queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 4.
McCartney will be joined by other musical knights including Elton John, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard for a show on a temporary stage designed by architect Mark Fisher near the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, the event’s organizers announced in an e-mailed release today.
Dame Shirley Bassey and Annie Lennox will also take part. Newer pop stars will be showcasing their hits too -- boy band JLS, as well as Jessie J, 23, known for “Price Tag,” and Ed Sheeran, 20, with his song “The A Team.”
Britain is planning a summer of shows tied in with Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign and the Olympic Games, which are staged from July 27 through Aug. 12.
Event co-coordinator Gary Barlow wouldn’t say if his band Take That! would perform. More acts from outside the U.K. will be added to the list, he said. Classical music will be represented by Chinese pianist Lang Lang and British tenor Alfie Boe.
Tickets for the free event are limited to 10,000 people. The British Broadcasting Corp., which will put the event on live television and radio, is to organize a national ballot, which will have an online and postal application process open until March 2.
Some tickets will be given to representatives of charities. Ticket-holders are invited to a Jubilee picnic in Buckingham Palace Gardens in the afternoon before the evening concert.
Both the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had requested that certain artists take part, Barlow said, declining to say which ones. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the British royal family will watch the 2½-hour show, which may include a ballet display, Barlow said.
For the Queen’s Golden Jubilee concert in 2002, guitarist Brian May played the British national anthem on the palace roof. Barlow said the plan was to better the last show.
By moving the stage from the rear of the palace to the front, it opened it up and organizers said as many as 500,000 people may gather in the Mall and Green Park nearby for transmissions of the show.
To join the ticket ballot, click on that page or send a postcard to The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012, PO Box 798, Manchester M60 1WU, U.K.
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