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Paul McCartney live: the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, London

Sir Paul McCartney brought the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert to a close at the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace, London.

He played a five-song set, opening with ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, followed by ‘All My Loving’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Live And Let Die’, and ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’.

McCartney’s band was Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica), Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass), Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).

Paul McCartney performing at the Queen's diamond jubilee, 4 June 2012

The band members were in high spirits on Twitter in the lead-up to the concert, posting photographs from around London and gossip from the soundcheck.


The Diamond Jubilee Concert had performers from every decade of the Queen’s 60-year reign, including Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and will.i.am.

The event was seen by 18,000 ticket holders, with tens of thousands more watching from the Mall. The three-hour concert was also broadcast by the BBC.

Paul McCartney and others at the Queen's diamond jubilee, 4 June 2012

For the closing song, ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, the band was joined by all the acts from the night. McCartney played a Höfner bass guitar emblazoned with a Union flag design. The lining of his jacket, which he took off before the song, also had the same design.

After the final song a speech was given by Prince Charles in tribute to the Queen. The event ended with the Queen lighting a beacon flame, and a firework display.

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