Saturday, June 2, 2012
Buckingham Palace Prepares for Elton
Pundits have been predicting that the concert, which features - Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, Madness, Gary Barlow and Stevie Wonder - will be one of the biggest ever.
A source told a tabloid newspaper that they believe that the concert will be watched by billions of people across the globe.
They told the Daily Star: "This is going to be one of the biggest concerts in the history of this island, with an audience from around the world.
"Gary Barlow has really surpassed himself in getting such quality acts all in one place for the greatest celebration Her Majesty has ever witnessed."
Sir Elton John said: "It is the beginning of an incredible summer for Britain.
"It is an incredible honour to be asked to perform."
He added: "I'm thrilled to have been asked and I'm really looking forward to it.
On Monday at Buckingham Palace, a bevy of British stars will gather for a huge concert marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II; it’s been 60 years since the monarch ascended the British throne. You’ll be able to watch the concert Tuesday on ABC, but the British paper The Daily Mail offers a sneak peek of what songs will be performed at the event.
According to the paper, Paul McCartney is scheduled for two as-yet-unnamed songs, plus “Live and Let Die.” Elton John will perform three numbers: “I’m Still Standing,” “Your Song” and “Crocodile Rock.”
Stevie Wonder also is slated to sing three tunes, but as of Friday afternoon they’ve yet to be confirmed. Tom Jones, meanwhile, will belt out “Delilah” and his version of Randy Newman‘s song “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”
Fans of ’80s MTV hits will be happy to hear that Annie Lennox will sing “There Must Be an Angel,” a song by her old group Eurythmics; while Grace Jones will be on hand to sing “Slave to the Rhythm.” In addition, Madness will perform their hit “Our House” on the roof of Buckingham Palace.
Among the other stars who will be featured at the big show are Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am and opera star Renee Fleming.
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