Platinum Party at the Palace Review – You Can Understand Why the Queen Didn’t Show Up | Music

tThe last time the exterior of Buckingham Palace and the Mall was converted into a concert venue—for Gary Barlow’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations—the Queen arrived halfway through: clever timing that meant she was there in time for Kylie, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney but missed Jessie J, as well as Gary Barlow and Cheryl Tweedy’s unprovoked attack on Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now.

This time she playfully participated in a skit with Paddington Bear, tapping the beat of Queen’s We Will Rock You on a teacup before Queen herself appeared – Brian May, dressed in a jacket covered with drawings of badgers, performing on a hydraulic platform. — but didn’t show up in person at all, which was a surprise: what seemingly evil 96-year-old wouldn’t want to spend an evening watching Jax Jones and Sigala?

Even a rare public appearance from disco’s most elusive superstar, Nile Rodgers – this time a guest on Duran Duran – was able to seduce Her Majesty from the comfort of Windsor Castle.

Missing a show that became more visually spectacular as night fell, she tried to be everything to all people: selections from musicals and performances by dancers from the Royal Ballet alongside Craig David and TikTok-boosted teen pop star Mimi Webb.

It was nice to see the public looking utterly stunned by Stefflon Don – this was visibly not the Brexit they had voted for – although even the most ardent Republican may have to admit that the breakout stars of TV coverage Prince George and Princess Charlotte, eight and seven, and visibly bored, meaningless by the whole thing: you were struck by the feeling that their parents could give in at any moment and hand over their iPads.

Alicia Keys.
Alicia Keys in action. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The concert was on safer ground with Sam Ryder, who restored national pride to Eurovision, and indeed George Ezra, although the line in the Green Green Grass chorus about throwing a party the day you die was appropriately changed. eliminated.

Alicia Keys, presumably aware of heralding the unrivaled grandeur of a former colony in front of Buckingham Palace, changed the lyrics of Empire State of Mind to refer to London rather than New York.

Celeste and Hans Zimmer offered an intriguingly dark take on What a Wonderful World, but the tried and true works best: Elbow does One Day Like This; Rod Stewart eschewed his own hits and barked his way through guaranteed sing-along Sweet Caroline; a video of Elton John performing Your Song at Windsor Castle, projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace; and the headliner Diana Ross, who started shaky with a race through Chain Reaction and the title track from her most recent album, but improved significantly with the finale of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

Before Ross appeared, Prince Charles joked about the crowd cheering loud enough for the Queen to hear them in Windsor. In the unlikely event that she could, you wondered if the sound might have disturbed her while she was looking at something else.

Leave a Comment