The stars came out en masse to help ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman celebrate his 80th birthday at a special concert held Friday in London as part of the city’s annual BluesFest series. According to The Telegraph, the event’s lineup included such previously announced music greats as Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler and Bob Geldof, while also featuring surprise appearances by Van Morrison and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt.
Wyman headlined the show with his longtime group The Rhythm Kings, and also joined the other performers to play a variety of classic blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll tunes. During the festivities, video messages from Bill’s former Stones band mates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were played.
In their respective clips, Richards declared with a laugh, “Bill’s 80? It’s not our fault!” while Jagger congratulated Wyman on reaching the milestone birthday, an age he said that he and Keith “hope to get to in time.”
Meanwhile, as Variety reports, Wyman was presented with the BluesFest Lifetime Achievement Award during the show.
Among the many highlights of the concert were, according to Variety, Morrison’s rendition of Ray Charles‘ “I Believe to My Soul,” Plant’s take on Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford‘s “I Need Your Lovin'” and Geldof’s performances of “Route 66” and and “Little Red Rooster.” The concert also included performances of a couple of Rolling Stones classics — “Ruby Tuesday” and “Beast of Burden” — and of the 1981 Wyman solo hit “(Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star.” Check out fan-shot video of the latter tune on YouTube.
Other performers at the show included Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall, Imelda May and veteran British rock singer Joe Brown.
Wyman’s actual 80th birthday took place on October 24.
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Source: Oldies News