Get ready to rock!
Diamond Jubilee concert promises
to be a majestic night
JLS, Cheryl Cole, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue and Madness will all play
Queen guitarist Brian May’s show-stealing performance of the National Anthem on the roof of Buckingham Palace is an unforgettable image from the Golden Jubilee concert.That took place in the Queen’s back garden but, a decade on, Monday’s Diamond Jubilee gig will be even more of a majestic occasion.
Because it will be staged out front, with the palace as an unbeatable spectacular backdrop.
The famous Queen Victoria Memorial has been undergoing a transformation, with stands set up and a £200,000 360-degree wrap-around stage erected on the famous landmark.
From here global stars, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue and Madness will entertain the Queen and her family, 10,000 Diamond Ticket winners, and a TV audience expected to reach tens of millions.
Thousands more will crowd around big screens set up in Hyde Park, St James’ Park and on The Mall.
As well as the more established stars, performers will include today’s hottest young names JLS, Cheryl Cole, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, plus the cream of classical music acts in the shape of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bryn Terfel and pianist Lang Lang.
The epic £4million production has been masterminded by Take That and X Factor star Gary, 41, who promised it will be “one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years”.
He said: “The Diamond Jubilee concert will celebrate the 60 years of the Queen’s reign with an amazing line-up of world-class artists.
“With Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, it’s going to be a fantastic event which transcends multiple decades of music.”
Gary has been working hard, even joining forces with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to create a special Jubilee single, Sing, which will be performed on the night.
The track features performers from across the UK and Commonwealth, the Military Wives Choir and even has Prince Harry playing a tambourine.
Gary began his task at the Treetops Safari Lodge in Kenya – where the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, heard the tragic news that her father King George VI had died on February 6, 1952.
Gary then travelled the length and breadth of the Commonwealth, from the Caribbean, to Africa, the Pacific islands and Australasia collecting musical inspiration for the concert.
He said: “When they asked me to be involved I knew what I could do to change it, to make it feel like a new concert.
“When they asked me to do the record I knew I could have an effect on how it would feel.”
Some of the performers like Nairobi’s Slum Drummers are being flown over to perform live on stage with the world’s biggest stars.
Fireworks will light up the night, which will culminate with the Queen lighting the National Beacon at 10.30pm – the last in a chain of 4,180 beacons through the UK and Commonwealth.
Source – Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk