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Who Wants To Live Forever

Who Wants To Live Forever
Written by Brian Harold May.

Released on the 1995 album Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies. Previously sung by Queen on the “A Kind Of Magic” album, released in the UK on September 15 1986. This poignant ballad was composed in the back of a car after the band had first viewed the rough cut of the film “Highlander” and became one of the central themes of the movie. It gave Queen a top 30 hit in Europe, climbing to 24 in the UK. Part of the soundtrack of the movie “Highlander” 1986.

Plot Summaries of “Highlander” from the Net
The story of Connor MacLeod, one of a race of immortals who can only be killed when beheaded with a sword. After living in peace for four centuries, he is challenged by an old enemy named Kurgan.

Intriguing story about an “Immortal” from 16th-century Scotland (Christopher Lambert) who time-leaps to modern-day America with his archenemy (Clancy Brown) in hot pursuit. It becomes a battle to the death (yes, Immortals can die), and Lambert seeks survival training from an Immortal mentor played by Sean Connery. Dazzling, energetic, and altogether confusing in its original form.

From the 1995 Des o’Connor show and from 1996 A Royal Gala:

Lyrics:

There’s no time for us
There’s no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us

Who wants to live forever?
Who wants to live forever?

There’s no chance for us
It’s all decided for us
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us

Who wants to live forever?
Who wants to live forever?

Who dares to love forever, when love must die?

But touch my tears with your lips
Touch my world with your fingertips
And we can have forever
And we can love forever
Forever is our today

Who wants to live forever?
Who wants to live forever?
Who wants to live forever?

(Transcribed by Roman)

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Party at the Palace -2002

Shirley Bassey

palaceParty at the Palace:
The Party at the Palace was a pop concert held in London in 2002. The event was in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II held over the Golden Jubilee Weekend 1-4 June 2002. The concert itself was held at Buckingham Palace Garden on 3 June 2002. It was the pop equivalent of the Prom at the Palace, a classical music event.

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The concert was held at the gardens of Buckingham Palace Garden as part of the Golden Jubilee. The event was touted as the greatest concert in Britain since Live Aid or possibly ever. Tickets to the event were determined by a lottery. 12,000 people attended the concert. An estimated 1 million people watched outside the Palace in The Mall and around the Queen Victoria Memorial,d 200 million on television. The concert included performances of many hit songs from the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The event was the culmination of a national day of partying. The BBC Music Live Festival also occurred on the day. At 1:00 towns across the United Kingdom had bands play All You Need Is Love before church bells were rung around the country.

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Amongst others, performers included:
Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, Keith Airley, Atomic Kitten, Dame Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Blue, Emma Bunton, Eric Clapton, The Corrs, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Ray Cooper, Ray Davies, Dame Edna Everage, Tony Iommi, J’anna Jacoby, Elton John, Tom Jones[6], Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Annie Lennox, Ricky Martin, Ozzy Osbourne, Mark Andrew-Brydon, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Mis-teeq, Cliff Richard, S Club 7, Rod Stewart, Will Young, Ruby Wax, Brian Wilson, Steve Winwood, Tony Vincent, Hannah Jane Fox

Also performing was the London cast of the musical We Will Rock You. Several newspapers mentioned the absence of The Rolling Stones. The Stones said the event conflicted with their upcoming world tour.

It is thought of as one of the most impressive collections of musicians on a single stage. The concert was divided into two parts: pop music and classic rock music. In between acts there were some comedy segments by Lenny Henry, Ben Elton, Meera Syal, Nina Wadia, Ruby Wax and Dame Edna Everage.

aqueen0438525The event ended with the Royal Family joining the stars onstage. Prince Charles thanked his mother for her fifty years on the throne, famously beginning his speech with the words, “Your Majesty…..MUMMY!” to the delight of the crowd and bemusement of the Queen.

Following this the Queen and Prince Philip went to light the National Beacon on the Mall. After the lighting of the beacon the largest fireworks show in the history of London took place. During this time different symbols were projected onto the palace including a Union Flag.

Recordings:
A DVD has been issued of the performance. Some portions have been cut, e.g. Ruby Wax’s monologue and Paul McCartney’s spontaneous performance of Her Majesty.

A live CD recording of the performance was also released in 2002.

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Something -The album-

z (2)Here a clip from a special made for the release of the ‘Something’ album in 1970: ‘It’s impossible’ & ‘Yesterday I heard the rain’. The BBC show was screened on the Thursday evening before the album was released in the stores the next day. The BBC did a series of shows featuring a different artist each week. Shirley had been in exile for two years, living in Switzerland and her management and record company were keen to get her back in the public eye as her TV appearances had been very limited while she was not in England.Something (2)However she had a record breaking season at The Talk of the Town which had been recorded and her version of ‘Something’ was suddenly climbing up the charts. The record company decided to cash in on the success of the single and decided to release the album. The Talk of the Town album had only been released six weeks before. It became possible to use the TV special to promote the album and therefore a lot of the tracks were featured. Shirley had a massive hit with both album and single.

(Special thanks to Ricardo Monreal Ruiz from Spain for these great clips and to DavidB for the information)

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European cover of the album -front-
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European cover of the album -back-
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American cover of the album
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Japanese cover of the album
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Shirley taking a break during the photo shoot for the cover of the album wearing the famous Something Dress
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Receiving the silver disc for Something

Photos from the actual recording of Something

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