With all the excitement of the Olympics, most of us have forgotten about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June. But not Gary Barlow who claims he’s not stoppedl celebrating it.
Of course, Gazza has a reason to be still waving his union jack – he organised the pop concert. And the Take That star has told GQ magazine it was the highlight of his year.
“It’s got to be the jubilee. Really it has,” Gary enthused. “You look down and there’s Prince Charles. The crowd was all down The Mall – as far as you could see, people’s heads. Now I just sit and think, ‘That’s probably as good as its gonna get.’ I’m still celebrating.”
But despite being given an OBE for his efforts, Gary insists he’s still got a lot more to achieve, saying:
“I never want to get to the point where I think, ‘I’ve done it all now and I’ve been awarded – I’m done, good night.”
Or should that be ‘good Knight’? The words “arise Sir Barlow” can’t be far off…
Sir Paul McCartney had a very busy Saturday. The former Beatle managed to zip over to France to be given a medal, then hotfoot it back to London to appear on stage with Damon Albarn.
The first part of Macca’s exciting day out saw him awarded the French Legion of Honour, for services to music, by President Francois Hollande.
Later in the evening, McCartney surprised the audience at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express concert in London’s Kings Cross, by joining the African and British musicians in several extended jams, alongside Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, before performing his own Goodnight Tonight.
Amusingly, during the final song of the night, the power to the P.A. was switched off in a scene similar to when he appeared with Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park. Is that Sir Paul’s thing now?
It’s not like it was the best kept secret in the world, but George Michael has let the cat out of the bag and revealed he will be singing at the Olympic closing ceremony (even though he wasn’t supposed to mention it).
The singer, who shockingly nearly died from pneumonia just last year, ended speculation when he spoke on Twitter of his Games-based stage fright, saying:
“Hey everyone, how are you. Spending most of the next week rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic closing ceremony. Obviously a bit nervous not having played for nearly a year, but rehearsals sounding great so far!”
When one follower pointed out that this was supposed to be a secret, George replied:
“Oh, and, secret? It’s been all over the press for weeks, and I think you all needed to be put out of your misery!”
But what songs has he been rehearsing? We’re still crossing our fingers for I’m Your Man and Fast Love.
Some cynics believe that record companies decide which songs their artists should release based on a computer programme. Maybe some do, but Coldplay have a far simpler method – Chris Martin’s kids tell him which tracks will be hits.
According to The Sun, Chris and Gwyneth’s sprogs Apple and Moses (aged eight and six) let their dad know which of his tunes make the grade. Martin told them:
“Kids are very honest – if they start singing a song it’s because they like it. It’s a great gauge.”
And it seems they also come in handy for keeping his ego in check, as the Speed Of Sound singer admitted, “When we played Wembley Stadium I was like, ‘Wow, now we are big rock stars’, but next morning the kids were saying, ‘get me some pancakes’.”
Pancakes, you say? And when are these Coldplay pancakes being released to the public?