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Mark Ronson, Jess Glynne and more to play Quincy Jones birthday show at O2 Arena

By | Published on Tuesday 10 April 2018

Quincy Jones

The O2 Arena in London will host a show on 27 Jun to mark the 85th birthday of legendary record producer Quincy Jones. Artists including Mark Ronson, Jess Glynne, Beverley Knight and Caro Emerald will perform with an orchestra at the event. The night will also feature a tribute to Michael Jackson songwriter Rod Temperton, who died in 2016.

“For many years, I couldn’t play in the UK because the unions wouldn’t allow Americans to do concerts there”, says Jones, whose birthday was actually last month. “Finally, it worked out for us to go in 96 for a tribute to Nelson Mandela, and I conducted a show at the Royal Albert Hall with Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Letta Mbulu and many other talented performers. I’ll never forget standing on the stage thinking that, after waiting 30 years, I was finally able to perform in such a historic venue”.

He continues: “Anyways, it was a long time coming, so every time I get to return to the UK, it’s truly meaningful; after not being allowed in at one point, you never take it for granted. But more importantly, I know this show is going to be an emotional one for me because we’ll be doing a tribute to my brother Rod Temperton, on his home turf. I love and miss him with all of my heart and soul, but I’m definitely looking forward to sharing such a special moment with his home country”.

Songs performed on the night will be drawn from Jones’s long career, using original arrangements from his own archives. Tickets for the show will go on sale on Friday.

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