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The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is thrilled to announce a star-studded benefit concert to be held at The O2 on Tuesday 3 March 2020 with a stellar line up of superstars performing their biggest hits.
Funds raised from the concert will go towards building The Royal Marsden’s brand new, state of the art cancer treatment and research facility, the Oak Cancer Centre.
Performing on Tuesday 3 March at the ‘Music for the Marsden’ concert will be a formidable line-up including Eric Clapton, the legendary Tom Jones, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum plus Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, John Illsley from Dire Straits, Paul Jones, Rick Wakeman from Yes, Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack and the unstoppable Bonnie Tyler. Paul Young and Zucchero will perform the smash hit duet Senza una Donna.
Gary Brooker, of Procol Harum, is Musical Director of the show and has worked tirelessly to bring together the line-up of the greats playing their hits live onstage, as well as the all-star house band. The house band line up is: Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Andy Fairweather Low and Robbie McIntosh (guitars), Dave Bronze (bass), Graham Broad and Ian Paice (drums & percussion).
More artists will be announced at a later date.
Blues and rock guitar legend who ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time' and as of 2019, was the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. After signing with the Yardbirds in 1963, Clapton began a career as a professional musician that has seen numerous bands, an abundance of albums, countless worldwide sold out shows, an impressive array of accolades, unwavering critical acclaim and his consistent display of legendary guitar work.
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Tom's long career all began with his first hit 'It's Not Unusual' in 1965. Now Tom has found a new audience, thanks in part to his coaching on ITV's 'The Voice', and also in reaching fans of traditional R'n'B and gospel material with the trio of critically acclaimed albums he's released since 2010. Although he is best known for hits including 'It’s Not Unusual', 'Kiss', 'Delilah', 'What’s New Pussycat' and 'Green Green Grass Of Home', he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul, as recent albums 'Praise & Blame', 'Spirit In The Room' and 'Long Lost Suitcase' have demonstrated, full of simple, raw and soulful songs. Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, Sir Tom is indeed a living legend. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. Tom has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice.
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The Welsh wonder, perhaps still best known for her classic 1983 single and iconic video; 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' and 1984's 'Holding Out For A Hero' from the soundtrack to the film 'Footloose'. Bonnie also represented England in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 with 'Believe In Me', which although failing to score highly in the contest, has now become a live favourite, adding to her already large back catalogue of work. When she isn't getting 'lost in France', Bonnie continues to perform and tour.
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The long-standing frontman of Simply Red, one of the biggest-selling bands of the '90s, has built a successful solo career since the band split following their farewell tour back in 2010. He released his first solo album in 2008, and also toured with Faces as the guest vocalist. Renowned for his great interpretations of others' songs, having had global hits with Money's Too Tight To Mention, If You Don't Know Me By Now and You Make Me Feel Brand New, Mick's ballad-driven bluesy, soulful soft rock has proved a perennial favourite with the public.
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Founder member of Genesis and lead singer of Mike and the Mechanics.
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Northern Ireland's very own prodigal son with a unique combination of compositional ability and raw vocal talents. Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, eccentric 'Van the Man' has steadily enchanted more and more fans throughout his prolific career.
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Soulful 80s chart-topper, best known for the hits Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home), Come Back And Stay, Everytime You Go Away and Love Of The Common People and of course as one of the vocalists on Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. In 2007 he came close to winning ITV's 'Hell's Kitchen' series. Since then he's split his time between touring with his Tex-Mex band Los Pacaminos and performing solo at 80's festivals. In 2016 he also released his first new album in ten years, 'Good Thing', a collection of overlooked soul covers.
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Italian rockstar Adelmo Fornaciari, more commonly known as Zucchero, who has had number ones in Norway, Sweden, Belgium, France and his native Italy. With a career spanning more than three decades, he became globally renown for his collaborations, including the UK no.4 hit 'Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman)' with Paul Young and top 20 hit 'Miserere' with the late Luciano Pavarotti. Zucchero continues to enjoy universal acclaim from his audiences for the sheer quality of his live performances, where he brings an Italian flair to his true musical passion - the blues.
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Former Mike And The Mechanics frontman and Squeeze member and the voice behind world-wide hits such as Ace's How Long, Squeeze's Tempted and timeless classic The Living Years, who has a reputation as a stunning live performer. 'The Man with the Golden Voice' (BBC4) 'His soulful gem of a voice is one of pop's best kep secrets. It's about time that changed' (Daily Mail).
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John Illsley was the bass player for the English rock band Dire Straits. Introduced to lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler by Mark's brother, David Knopfler, Illsley was one of just two of the original band members remaining when it broke up in 1995. John has also released two albums of his own, Never Told A Soul in 1984 and Glass in 1988.
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Classically trained pianist, Rick dropped out from the Royal College of Music to forge a career in music. He recorded 'Space Oddity' with David Bowie at the start of a career as a session musician in which he has played over 2000 different songs. A member of The Strawbs, he left to join rock supergroup Yes in 1971 - an association he has maintained irregularly over the subsequent years. Rick has also recorded a number of highly successful solo albums, and has forged a side career as a professional raconteur; most recently as MC for Jongleurs comedy club. Rick's live shows range from rock to classical, from new age and new world music to incredibly funny storytelling.
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Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens rose quickly to stardom as a young man, selling several triple-platinum albums before his conversion to Islam. As Yusuf Islam, he left the world of pop music to pursue philanthropy and an image as a 'man of peace' that occasionally became tarnished with controversy. Since the 1990s, he has seen a gradual return to music whilst continuing his humanitarian work.
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