For his performance in this Evening's "Party at the Palace", Sir Paul will be driven to the stage area in a royal golf cart. The performers' limos have been banned from the Palace grounds by the Queen for fear they will ruin her Camomile lawn. Just last week Sir Paul and the other celebrity performers were informed that they would have to walk to the stage, an issue which aroused some serious security fears. According to a Jubilee source:"It was just presumed that the celebs would be able to use their usual cars, but an order came down from on high last week that they would be banned. There was a bit of a panic because we are talking about some major show business names and they are not accustomed to be told they have to walk. So a compromise was struck to use chauffeur driven golf buggies like the ones the Queen Mum used to be driven about in."The three-hour concert is unprecedented because it is staged in the grounds of the palace, to which 12,000 people won free tickets in a national ballot. Another estimated 150,000 people have gathered in central London to watch the event on giant screens. Not being a fan of pop music, the Queen will join other members of the royal family (including the young royals Prince William and Prince Harry; Prince Andrew's daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and Princess Anne's children, Zara and Peter Phillips) for the final half hour of the concert. That is when Sir Paul, accompanied by Eric Clapton on guitar and Phil Collins on drums, will perform "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" , "All You Need Is Love" and will finish the concert with a sing-along version of "Hey Jude".
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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