Sir Paul McCartney scores Queen’s Diamond Jubilee gig

On Her Majesty's Service: Sir Paul McCartney is said to be performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert
On Her Majesty's Service: Sir Paul McCartney is said to be performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert©Rex Features

Sir Paul McCartney has accepted an invitation to perform at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in the summer, according to reports.

The former Beatles legend, 69, is thought to have been booked to both open and close the celebration concert, held at Buckingham Palace in June.

But according to The Sun, it took a little persuasion from one Xtra special person before Macca was convinced to sign up…

The paper reports that Gary Barlow, who is organising the concert, finally managed to persuade Sir Paul to agree to perform a year after first asking him.

"He laid it on thick, telling him he was the only man for the job,” a source told the paper.

Sir Paul - who performed at the official concert in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee - hinted that he was to sing for Her Majesty once again, in an interview last month, saying that he “could easily” make an appearance at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The singer’s latest album, Kisses On The Bottom, was released yesterday. The 14-track album is Sir Paul’s first non-classical work for more than four and a half years, and is mainly made up of cover songs.

Other big names tipped to perform at the event include Welsh warbler Sir Tom Jones, Goldfinger singer Dame Shirley Bassey and massive boyband JLS.

Queen Elizabeth marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne yesterday (February 6 2012), kicking off a year of celebrations.

The concert will be just one of several major events staged over the weekend of June 2-5, the focus point of the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Other things lined-up to celebrate the landmark include the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, as well as a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a formal carriage procession.

There will also be many other local, national and international events staged, as well as visits made by the Royal Family to countries including Jamaica and Singapore, as well as extensively round England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland.


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