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McCartney Heads Jubilee, Sets Tour Kick-Off
Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, and Phil Collins are among the artists confirmed for a June 3 concert to mark the Queen of England's Golden Jubilee. The event, which also comprises a classPaul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, and Phil Collins are among the artists confirmed for a June 3 concert to mark the Queen of England's Golden Jubilee. The event, which also comprises a classical music concert on June 1, will be the first public concerts to be held in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Beatles producer Sir George Martin will serve as the event's creative director.
Other confirmed acts include Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Atomic Kitten, S Club 7, and Will Young, the recent winner of the TV talent series "Pop Idol." His debut single for RCA, "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible," is tipped for massive first-week sales following its U.K. release yesterday (Feb. 25).
A telephone lottery will distribute 12,000 tickets for each show, with £1 ($1.43) from each call going to the Queen's designated charities. Each show will be broadcast live in five-hour programs on BBC television and radio.
In other news, McCartney's Drivin' USA tour will begin April 1 at the Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum, and will comprise 27 shows, including multiple dates in some markets, Billboard Bulletin has learned. Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., are on the schedule for the trek, for which a full routing and on-sale dates will be announced soon.