Top Stars Sign On For Princess Diana Tribute
Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Joss Stone and Pharrell Williams head the lineup of performers confirmed for a concert at the new London Wembley Stadium next summer to celebrate the life of theDuran Duran, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Joss Stone and Pharrell Williams head the lineup of performers confirmed for a concert at the new London Wembley Stadium next summer to celebrate the life of the late Princess Diana.
Others named to the July 1 bill include the English National Ballet and composer and impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, who will oversee a medley of songs from some of his leading theatrical shows. A number of other major acts are yet to be unveiled.
Diana's sons, Princes William and Harry, are organizing the "Concert for Diana" and chairing an advisory board. Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, will sit on the board, which pools together leading executives from the entertainment industries.
The performers today paid tribute to Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997. "The concert next summer seems an entirely fitting way to celebrate her life and her work," commented Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon. "We are honored that she always referred to Duran Duran as her favorite band as she was certainly our favorite princess. We are delighted to have been asked to participate in what promises to be a very special event."
Elton John added, "I applaud Princes William and Harry for choosing to honor their mother with this concert. I am absolutely thrilled to be performing at this great event. Diana was a personal friend and someone I greatly admired for her tireless and enthusiastic work for charity."
Live Nation will serve as producer of the concert. The live music giant will also act as the official TV producer, providing feeds throughout Europe in real time. Details of transmission to other parts of the world will be announced shortly.
Proceeds from the program will benefit various charities that were supported by Diana, and the Princes' charities Centrepoint and Sentebale.
Tickets will be made available from 9 a.m. GMT on Wednesday (Dec. 13) via the Web site Concertfordiana.com and from Ticketmaster.
The fund-raiser is the third concert announced for the iconic London stadium, which has been plagued by huge construction delays since it was closed in 2000 and later demolished. British alternative rock trio Muse yesterday (Dec. 11) confirmed the second in a pair of concerts to be held there on June 16-17, 2007.