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Star-studded event in Princess Diana's remembrance
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Monday, July 02, 2007
Sir Elton John led a star-studded line up at the Concert for
Diana yesterday. The 60-year old musician opened and closed the
emotional charity event which featured a host of top entertainers,
including Lily Allen, Rod Stewart, Kanye West, Duran Duran and Take
That. The show was organised by Diana's sons Princes William and
Harry to mark the 10th anniversary of her death, on what would have
been her 46th birthday.
Elton - who performed at Diana's 1997 funeral - opened the
spectacular show with 'Your Song' before another of Diana's
favourite artists Duran Duran got the 63,000 fans packed into
London's new Wembley Stadium dancing with their upbeat new song
'Sunrise', as well as classic hits 'Wild Boys' and 'Rio'. A global
audience of more than 500 million people in 140 countries around
the world watched the event. The show, which started at 4pm and
went on for more than six hours, also featured a collection of
celebrity presenters who introduced the acts and paid tribute to
Diana and her legacy. Sienna Miller and actor Dennis Hopper
introduced third act Lily Allen, and other presenters included '24'
star Kiefer Sutherland, Gillian Anderson, Patsy Kensit and British
comedian Ricky Gervais.
One of the biggest receptions was reserved for soccer superstar
David Beckham who was greeted with a standing ovation as he
introduced Take That to the delirious audience. The show ended as
it began with Elton bringing the day to a crescendo with classic
hits 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting', 'Are You Ready For
Love' and 'Tiny Dancer'. Proceeds from the event will go to a
series of Princess Diana's favourite charities, including the
National AIDS Trust and homeless charity Centrepoint.