The current issue of Billboard magazine offers more information on Sir Paul's June 3 appearance at Buckingham Palace this summer. As reported here earlier (see January 21) in celebration of her Golden Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to host some concerts in the back garden of Buckingham Palace. According to BBC Events creative director Nick Vaughan-Barratt, "I don't think she thought we would be effectively building Wembley Arena in her back garden. When we suggested the idea, the royal household was thinking of a few string quartets for audiences having cucumber sandwiches. But rather than having a series of little concerts, we thought we should have two big stonking ones. No one's done anything like this before, and the [royal household] are eventually coming to terms with the fact that it's going to be big."
According to the executive producer of the concert, Lorna Dickinson, "This is the new Elizabethan era. If you compare it with the first Elizabethan era, Queen Elizabeth I had Shakespeare and several entrepreneurs sail the world to create the [British] Empire. Well, the empire is no more. It's music that the British have taken around the world in the last 50 years. This event is flying the flag for the British recording industry."
Members of the audience were selected from a lottery ballot. Each of them will receive specially embossed golden tickets and a complimentary picnic hamper packed with champagne and other gourmet delights. The rest of the world will have the opportunity to enjoy the show as it airs live on BBC television and radio. The concert will also be broadcast on the Internet. Outside the U.K., more than 40 broadcasters worldwide have bought rights to the concerts and there are plans to eventually issue recordings of the event on CD and DVD.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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