Diamond Jubilee Madness

So, the Diamond Jubilee is over. There was quite a lot of rain, some boats, some groups and singers, some fireworks, some beacons, a very long church service that got TV coverage on two of our main channels, and the colours red, white and blue featured heavily, usually in the form of the union flag. All pretty standard stuff for jubilees.

The Jubilee Concert took place on Monday evening. I didn’t see the whole concert, but I managed to catch some of it and, from what I saw, it was a pretty mixed bag when it came to the quality of the performers.

Some of them, naming no names . . . oh, bugger it, Sir Cliff Richard and Cheryl Cole, had difficulty in hitting the right notes, or hit the right notes but in the wrong order. An affliction Sir Paul McCartney suffered from too, but to a much lesser degree of severity than the aforementioned artistes.

Sir Tom Jones showed them how it should be done by giving a belting performance of Momma Told me Not to Come and Delilah. Stevie Wonder kept the good stuff going by performing Sir Duke, Isn’t She Lovely, Happy Birthday and Superstition.

But the absolute highlight of the whole event for me, was Madness who performed Our House and It must Be Love from the rooftop of Buckingham Palace. The palace itself gave a pretty mean performance too during Our House as its facade was lit up by a very clever light show that changed its whole appearance.


About Patrick Fox

I am an author and Graphic Artist. I'm also a keen amateur detective, and can often be found searching for clues in pubs and bars.

Posted on June 6, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. missed all of it but am going through some of the tidbits now and this one was just excellent…

  2. Just can’t beat a bit of Madness! Just as good today as they’ve always been. πŸ™‚

  3. So cool! I haven’t watched TV since mid-Jan, so I missed the concert. Very exciting times right now with this and the olympics. πŸ™‚

    • I am dreading the Olympics, Rhonda. I’m not a big fan of sports, and that is all it is going to be on the BBC. And you can bet your bottom dollar that I will have to travel to London while they’re on. It’s the way my luck goes. The last time I had to go to London was on the day of bombings. Got back in one piece that time. Not so sure I’ll be so lucky if I have to go during the Olympics.

  4. Madness were good, but Paul McCartney was the highlight for me. Taken on purely vocal terms Tom Jones was the man. But you know what? I just love Live and Let Die. Sends tingles through me every time I hear it.

    • I quite enjoyed Sir Paul’s renditions of the old Beatles stuff, but Live and Let Die, a song I like, struck me as an inappropriate choice, given the occasion.

  5. Oh man, this was a cool concept! I always loved that song and to do it on top of Buckingham Palace? Adds a bit of hip to the royals. I will have to Youtube the other performances. Thanks for this Patrick!

  6. I did watch but missed most of the concerts 😦

    • The concert was the only bit worth watching. The flotilla going down the Thames was boring. The televised church service that went on for hours was mind numbing. If she lasts long enough to be the first British monarch to reach a Platinum Jubilee, they should just hold a four day concert.

  7. Having watched the concert from my armchair ten thousand miles away I felt very nostalgic and wished I was there rather than on the other side of the world. Madness rocked and as for Tom, you can’t keep a good man down! Great post Patrick!

  8. Hello DI, thanks for dropping by and commenting. The concert was very hit and miss I thought. To paraphrase the nursery rhyme, those that were good, were very, very good and those that were bad, really should have known better.

    Anyway, here’s to the next jubilee concert, only ten years to wait. πŸ™‚

  9. Wow, now that sounds like one heck of a great concert! Nice piece and solid review, hope you fared well with the Olympic crowds, I couldn’t even imagine! Nice site, I’ll be back : )

  10. Wow now that sounds like one heck of a good concert. I’m not big in crowds but I would deal with it to experience an event like this. Hope you fared well with the Olympics, I couldn’t even imagine! Nice site, I’ll be back. : )

  11. Thanks for dropping by, Stephanie. The concert was good in parts, and pretty dire in others.

    The Olympics are going great, GB is third in the medal table behind the USA, and everyone here is caught up in the spirit of the games. At the moment, the UK is a great place to be. πŸ™‚

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