The Diana tribute got us thinking...

Diddyjones_lOn Wednesday two of the biggest entertainers on the planet — that’s right, I’m talking about Diddy and Tom Jones! — announced plans to join the lineup for a summer concert to be held at London’s new Wembley Stadium in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Harry and William have planned the event for July 1 as a tribute to their mother on what would have been her 46th birthday, and proceeds will go to charities supported by Diana.

I’m not sure how many PopWatchers have been keeping tabs on this show, but it’s definitely shaping up to be one of the musical events of the summer. Here’s a sneak peak at the rumored lineup so far: Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Natasha Bedingfield, the Feeling, Pharrell Williams, Nelly Furtado, James Morrison, Elton John, Duran Duran, Status Quo, Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, British Pop Idol winner Will Young, Roger Hodgson (former singer for Supertramp), and Take That. As if that weren’t enough, the concert will also feature a performance by the English National Ballet and musical medleys by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I assume I’m not the only one hoping for a Kanye-Lloyd Webber "Magical Mr. Mistoffelees" collabo. (On a side note, the princes have caught some flak for souring the "climate" of the Live Earth event taking place at Wembley six days later, but Madonna and Genesis allegedly picked the planet over Lady Diana).

Aside from the fact that this memorial event is a nice thing for both the public and charities it supports, seeing the lineup got me thinking about how incredible it would be to have the resources and connections necessary to build the concert lineup of your dreams. Just think: For Live 8 in 2005, Bob Geldof had Pink Floyd together onstage for the first time in 24 years, as well as U2 performing "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" with Paul McCartney. For Block Party, Dave Chappelle just had to say, "Hey Fugees, can you please reunite and perform in front of a weird house with some of my other favorite artists? Thanks!" It’d be like planning a party on My Super Sweet Sixteen, but without the annoying parts like "finances," "logistics," and 16-year-olds.

I can’t quite pin down the details of my own dream concert yet, but so far it goes something like this: The show will take place on my birthday in the Hartford Civic Center. Headliners will include Jay-Z, Guns N Roses, R. Kelly, Genesis, Lil Wayne, Slayer, and the cast of Evita reunited for a medley of "High Flying Adored" and "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina." The evening will be MCed by Ricky Gervais and there will be mash-up performance of Cirque du Soleil and Starlight Express

What about you, PopWatchers? If you could organize the concert of your dreams, who would be there? After we hear your suggestions, we’ll see what we can do. may not be royalty, but we did get Paris Bennett in our studio

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  • dixie

    Duran Duran….cool! I’m definitely an 80s gal so anyone from 20+ years ago is fine with me.

  • Houstonian Jen in Balitmore

    Why did I perk up when I read that Take That was in the line-up? Quite sad.

  • Joe C

    Ahhhh, this is fun! Here we go: My dream show consisting of a FULL SET from everyone: Opening the show, Joss Stone. 2nd, Alicia Keys. And finally, headlining this dream R&B event, the best singer of them all, Mariah Carey. Ahhhhh, a night of bliss….It’ll never happen, as Alicia won’t ever open for anyone again, but a man can dream…..

  • Jill

    This is a super fun question! My concert would mainly feature the now retired Garth Brooks who is the greatest performer I have ever seen (and seems like never will again). Other than that I would go for Patty Griffin, The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Madonna, Jimmy Buffet and Kelly Clarkson. I know, it is totally random, but those are people I have either loved seeing live or have always wanted to see, but never made it to a show.

  • Sally

    I’m always curious about these star-studded shows. Do these stars get paid – or – is this pro bono/free? If this is a charity and the charity pays for their appearance, how is that possible? I wouldn’t donate if I knew the money was going for musical extravangas.

  • Martha

    My ideal concert would be headlined by Radiohead, with opening acts from Arcade Fire, Rilo Kiley, Muse, John Legend, Allison Krause, Joshua Bell and Rufus Wainwright. Maybe David Cross or Will Arnett could MC. Call it “Martha’s Eclectic Favorites Extravaganza”… coming to an outdoor venue (with perfect weather) near you! Hey, I can dream, right?

  • Todd

    My dream show would be random and long. Maybe a dream concert weekend. It would include The Dixie Chicks, Nickel Creek, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks. No fear, it isn’t all country. I would also want The Scissor Sisters, Mika, andCeline Dion. I would also love some 80’s flashbacks including Icehouse, Starship, Journey, REO Speedwagon, ABC, and Roxette. Between the acts the large screens will show the cheesy performances from the old 80’s TV show Kids Incorperated. Wow, after typing all this I am realizing that I am one strange guy. Oh well, a guy can dream.

  • cookiemac

    hey todd, nice list. I’d add rascal flatts, little big town (amazing harmonies, barenaked ladies, and great big sea, (an east coast canada, kitchen party kind of band who is the most fun in the world to see live!)

  • FAMUstudent06

    If either of these two things happens or is happening I will gladly watch and possibly attend.
    1. Someone wears her wedding dress during the show. Or the wedding dress through CGI gets a life of its own and goes around the world healing and inspiring.
    2. Celine Dion sings some very inspiring amazing life changing ballad.
    Long live The Peoples Princess!

  • Melissa

    Festival weekend and a charity event–that way no one argues over who’s opening for whom (this may solve Joe C’s Alicia issue). I think I’d pick people I’ve never had a chance to see or who were so good I’d see them again: U2, Springsteen w/E-Street, Bon Jovi (yes, child of the 80s, shut up), Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Godsmack, Reunited Soundgarden, Reunited Rage Against the Machine, and (since they’re there) a reunited Audioslave. I’d also like to see Ozzy w/ and w/out Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Saliva, Seether, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Incubus, Garbage, Pearl Jam, Shinedown, Evanescence, Fuel, Green Day, a reunited Faith No More, and I’m sure there are plenty of others I can’t think of right now, but my “weekend” festival is starting to look like a “week long” festival.

  • Woof

    Here’s my Rock n Roll Heaven concert: The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett, James Brown. Then to bring us back to earth and keep us wanting more more more would be Tom Jones, Tom Jones, Tom Jones. He’s the newest ‘hardest working man in show business!

  • Nancy Walker

    My two most favorite bands would be a must:Def Leppard and Journey. Next-if alive, would be Janis Joplin. Also, Beatles, REO, Moody Blues,Fleetwood Mac, Buckinghams, Styx, Foreigner, Kinks, Aerosmith, John Mellencamp, and the one and only Mister Tom Jones!

  • Shawn Chaisson

    I actually saw my dream concert…from the front row! It was in Sept. 1979 – Madison Square Garden – The No Nukes Benefit – with all my favorites DURING THEIR PRIME – James Taylor, Carly Simon, CSN, Doobie Brothers, Chaka Khan, Nicolette Larson, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and a whole lot more – was awesome – check out the movie if you haven’t seen it…Carly and JT’s “Mockingbird” was the most exciting musical moment of my life…

  • Tom babcock

    I’m sorry but I’m going to say it. Di meant nothing, she was pretty and got fat on the British taxpayer’s money. Really, people, monarchy? Why the heck do we care?

  • tk

    Love it– My show…
    DeLaSoul, Beyonce, Prince, DJ Quik, The Roots, Jill Scott, Ice Cube, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys – Oh gosh, I coult go on and on, I would like a little bit hard core RAP & some booty shakin R&B & I would have it somewhere intimate & wouldn’t let toooo many folks in – maybe the Fillmore or something, Prince’s club in Vegas??? Oh the dream….

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