- - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

McCartney, John to perform for queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Some of the world’s biggest pop stars will perform in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, palace officials announced Tuesday.

The lineup will include former Beatle Paul McCartney, singers Elton John and Shirley Bassey and popular boy band JLS. Longtime favorites Cliff Richard and Tom Jones also will perform.

Concert organizers said many more stars, including some from the United States and Australia, also will be on the bill, with details to be released in the coming months.

The event is a centerpiece in the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which have already kicked off to mark her 60 years on the throne.

It follows a raucous Golden Jubilee concert in 2002 that featured a rendition of “God Save the Queen” by Queen guitarist Brian May performed in the open air on the palace roof.

Take That star Gary Barlow, charged with organizing the gala event, said he hopes as many as half a million people are able to see the concert from the public areas in front of the palace. It also will be broadcast on television and radio.

“The whole world will be watching,” he said, while acknowledging it may be hard to top Mr. May’s performance at the 2002 gala.

“We all remember that, and we will try to come up with something newer and better,” he said.

Some 10,000 tickets will be awarded by lottery. Tickets will include entry into the palace garden for a jubilee picnic, with food provided by the palace. The queen and her husband Prince Philip plan to attend along with other senior members of the royal family.

Madonna to kick off world tour in Tel Aviv

Madonna apparently is not finished with stadiums. On Sunday, she performed during the Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and Live Nation Entertainment announced Tuesday that the Material Girl’s first tour since 2009 will include a Sept. 6 show at Yankee Stadium.

Her world tour will start May 29 in Tel Aviv. It also will include performances in Istanbul, Brussels, Helsinki and Zurich. The North American portion of the tour will include Montreal, San Jose, Calif., and Cleveland.

Tickets for most of the U.S. shows go on sale Tuesday. Her new album, “MDNA,” is scheduled for release March 26.

Madonna’s last tour, 2008-2009’s “Sticky & Sweet,” grossed more than $400 million.

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