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segunda-feira, 4 de junho de 2012

Sir Elton John rocks Taunton

Sir Elton John rocks Taunton - report and photo gallery

THOUSANDS of music fans braved torrential rain to enjoy more than two hours of hits from pop legend Sir Elton John.

The heavens above Somerset County Cricket Club's County Ground in Taunton opened shortly before Sir Elton took to the stage at 7pm.


With the vast majority of seats uncovered, fans were soaked for the first half-hour of the performance before the rain relented.

Early on in his performance, Sir Elton turned to the crowd and joked 'welcome to summer'.

Despite the downpours, fans were soon on their feet dancing to hits such as Rocket Man, Are You Ready For Love? and Your Song.

Don't miss Thursday's edition of the Somerset County Gazette for a full eight-page souvenir of the gig, featuring dozens of photographs.

Rock Royalty To Join Queen's Jubilee Concert

Sir Elton John says he has "jazzed up" about playing for the Queen at the Jubilee Concert because the Monarch has always been a part of his life.

"I remember watching the Coronation on TV, she has been Queen almost as long as I've been alive, she has been a constant, and I think she's done an amazing job under difficult circumstances sometimes, so I'm more jazzed about doing this than ever... for her," he said.

Sir Elton , who is still recovering after being rushed into hospital last week with pneumonia, is just one of the superstar line-up thrilled to be invited to perform at the Buckingham Palace gig, which is being billed as the centre piece of the jubilee celebrations .

Sir Tom Jones , who is also in his seventies, is clearly touched to be involved, telling Sky News: "When I had my OBE and Knighthood the Queen pinned it on, so it's like wow you cannot get any better than that."

He added: "I'm glad to see she's healthy and enjoying it, it doesn't seem like a chore. She does it well with style and grace, it's a wonderful thing."

The Queen and Prince Charles will make an appearance on stage at the concert alongside rock and pop royalty during the three-hour musical extravaganza, which has been masterminded by Gary Barlow .

Proceedings are expected to get underway at 7.30pm.

The Queen Victoria memorial stage will have an audience of 10,000 people who received tickets through a ballot, with a further 500,000 watching on big screens in St James's Park, Green Park and The Mall, and millions more viewing at home.

In addition to Sir Elton and Sir Tom, the line-up includes a wealth of artists who have spanned the Queen's reign, such as Sir Paul McCartney , Sir Cliff Richard , Cheryl Cole , Stevie Wonder , Kylie Minogue , JLS and Jessie J.

Dame Shirley Bassey will sing Diamonds Are Forever, Sir Paul will play Live And Let Die, while Sir Elton will perform Your Song, I'm Still Standing and Crocodile Rock.

Sir Tom is expected to sing Delilah and Mama Told Me Not To Come and Robbie Williams will perform Mack The Knife.

Gary Barlow - who is also set to duet with Cheryl Cole - will do his official Diamond Jubilee song, before Madness take to the top of Buckingham Palace for the event's finale.

The host of stars will entertain royal guests including the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne and Princes Harry, Andrew and Edward.

Sir Cliff told Sky News: "I don't think you ever get used to being invited back again and again and again.

"I couldn't believe when I read in a paper that the Queen said 'Oh I'd like Cliff to be there' - and I'm thinking she probably didn't say that - but it's nice to think I'm still considered part of the fabric of society as are Elton, Tom and Paul."

The single Sing! has also been released as part of the festivities.

Written by Barlow and Lord Lloyd Webber it celebrates the Commonwealth and the Queen with the track featuring singers from around the world as well as Prince Harry playing the tambourine.

Sing! is the title track song on the official Diamond Jubilee album which has shot to the top of the UK charts.

The Military Wives conducted by Gareth Malone - who were the Christmas number 1 - have also contributed to the track and will perform at the concert.

Malone told Sky News: "I got a tweet from Gary Barlow saying do you want to come and have a cup of tea and you don't say no to Gary Barlow do you?

"I went and met him and he sang the song to me face to face. It was a very intense experience because I then had to tell him whether I liked it or not. Happily I did."

Rebecca Marshall of the Military Wives said: "She certainly likes the song, we've been told she is a fan and that's all you need, as long as the Queen is a fan of the song everyone has got to enjoy it."

Sir Elton John back on stage after health scare
    Sir Elton John back on stage after health scare

Sir Elton John returned to the stage on Sunday night for the first time since his recent health scare which landed him in hospital.

The Rocket Man scrapped a number of shows in Las Vegas last month after he was diagnosed with a serious respiratory infection, which later turned out to be a bout of potentially deadly lung condition pneumonia.

He took some time off to recover, but the singer proved he had put the health battle behind him by taking to the stage for a show in Taunton on Sunday.

Sir Elton braved wet and windy conditions at Somerset County Cricket Ground to play hits including Candle in the Wind and Your Song just a day before he is due to play at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert in London on Monday.

He previously revealed he is "very excited" about performing at the special event at Buckingham Palace.

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