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Friday 28 November 2014

Madness to perform on Palace roof

Madness are expected to play their hit Our House during the show
Madness are expected to play their hit Our House during the show

Madness will perform on top of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee concert.

The pop veterans, led by frontman Suggs, are expected to play their 1982 hit Our House from the roof during Monday's gig.

Ten years ago Queen guitarist Brian May famously played the National Anthem on the roof of the Palace during the concert marking the Golden Jubilee.

Next week's show is due to feature stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones and will take place in front of the Palace to crowds gathered around the Mall.

Suggs - real name Graham McPherson - and the rest of the band formed in Camden Town, north London, in the 1970s and enjoyed a string of hits in the 1980s including House Of Fun, Baggy Trousers and My Girl. They broke up in 1986 but various members of the band continued to play together and the original line-up have reunited for a series of gigs and new albums.

The concert, which is being broadcast live on BBC1 and Radio 2, will also include Robbie Williams performing Mack The Knife, Dame Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds Are Forever and Sir Cliff Richard performing a medley of hits. Other performances include concert organiser Gary Barlow performing Need You Now with Cheryl Cole and Sir Elton John singing Your Song, I'm Still Standing and Crocodile Rock.

Kylie Minogue, who will also appear, said she was "honoured" to take part.

She said: "To share the stage in front of Buckingham Palace with music legends including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones and Elton John in celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is very exciting."

Soul legend Stevie said: "It's an honour to celebrate The Queen. It's an honour to celebrate Great Britain. The time is overdue that I meet Her Majesty."

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