Party at the Palace Concert: ‘All You Need is Love’

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Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and Joe Cocker share lead vocals on a showstopper

Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and Joe Cocker share lead vocals on a showstopper

It may seem like Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for almost forever because, well, she has. She became Queen upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. As of this writing, that’s over 65 years. She is now 91 years old.

Way back in 2002, the Golden Jubilee–that’s 50 years–of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated with all the pomp and circumstance that should mark such a landmark occasion. Included in the festivities was the Party at the Palace on June 3 held at the Garden of the Queen’s official London residence, Buckingham Palace.

The event was a concert featuring a phenomenal list of classic rock A-listers as well as singing legends like Tony Bennett and Shirley (“Goldfinger”) Bassey.

Attendance for the event was limited to 12,000 with a reported 1 million watching from giant screens outside the Palace and a worldwide TV audience of another 200 million, give or take. Queen’s Brian May and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra opened the program with the United Kingdom’s national anthem, “God Save the Queen.” Among the other performances: Phil Collins‘ cover of “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Tom Jones with his cheeky “Sex Bomb,” Annie Lennox with “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves,” Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi teaming for “Paranoid,” Eric Clapton doing “Layla” and Joe Cocker with Steve Winwood and May on “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

Brian Wilson sang several favorites like “God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations.” Paul McCartney contributed several Beatles songs including–duh–“Her Majesty.”

And as the evening drew to a close, the A-Listers made their way back onstage to play “All You Need is Love.” Joining McCartney were Wilson, Cocker, Clapton, May and Osbourne, as well as Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard, Roger TaylorElton John, Ray Davies, Collins and numerous others. Stewart, Cocker and McCartney took turns on the lead vocals.

The crowd in the Mall proudly waved their Union Jacks.

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