Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's what she would have wanted

The giant, creaking event around which pop is destined to spin next year has been confirmed: William and Harry Windsor are throwing a massive party to celebrate ten years since their mother died. (Can that be right?)

The Princes explain:

Prince William said: "We both wanted to put our stamp on it. We want it to represent exactly what our mother would have wanted.

"So therefore the church service alone isn't enough. We wanted to have this big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness, which I know she would have wanted.

"And on her birthday as well, it's got to be the best birthday present she ever had."

Perhaps, although if someone gave us a Joss Stone gig we'd be gently probing to find which store we could return it to for a credit note.

We, obviously, didn't know Diana as well as her sons, but from what we saw of her last couple of years she was less all about the "fun and happiness" and more about screwing the Royal Family at every available opportunity, which would make her ideal birthday present less an Elton John gig, and probably something more like having Camilla dragged through the streets of Windsor with a bright red A scratched on her breast while Charles is made to wear a pointy hat as people throw rotting vegetation at him.

Still, we're not organising it, are we?

Who's in, besides Joss Stone? Well, there's Elton, of course:

"I applaud Princes William and Harry for choosing to honour their mother with this concert. I am absolutely thrilled to be performing at this great event.

"Diana was a personal friend and someone I greatly admired for her tireless and enthusiastic work for charity."

Close personal friend, lot of good work for charity - he's not getting her muddled up with DLT, is he?

Duran Duran have signed on:

Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran added: "The concert next summer seems an entirely fitting way to celebrate her life and her work.

"We are honoured that she always referred to Duran Duran as her favourite band as she was certainly our favourite princess."

Pharrell Williams is also on board - Diana often mentioned how much she was going to like his work, she expected. And there's some ballet there, too. Because she wasn't just a teenybopper, of course. Andrew Lloyd Webber has been promised.

Tickets will cost forty-five quid (or more on eBay) and the funds raised will be shared amongst organisations Diana supported during her life. And not, oddly, to the Diana Memorial Fund to help make up some the cash it pissed away trying to sue the Franklin Mint.