Applause was received by Sir Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and Paloma Faith as they led the star-studded line-up at a benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Thousands of people gathered in the world-famous hall in central London for the Raise the Roof charity concert on Wednesday night, organized by the charity Prostate Cancer UK and 64-year-old musician Jools Holland, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.
Holland, who played piano along with his rhythm and blues orchestra throughout the show, accompanied all of the musician’s sets.
Participants included Ollie Alexander, Celeste, Melanie C, Paul Weller, Ruby Turner and Chris Difford, each of whom performed one or two cover versions.
Celeste, dressed in a dark purple dress, performed a powerful rendition of Ray Charles’ “Come Rain or Come Shine” while Paloma Faith, in a floor-length silver and gold dress, cheered her on during Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold” . On me.
Stand-up comedians Omid Jalili, Harry Hill, Steven K. Amos, Shaparak Khorsandi and Gina Yashir have created a wave of laughter in the audience with their jokes ranging from obsessing over their dogs to living with their 82-year-old father during lockdown.
Meanwhile, Holland and Sir Rod, dressed in a silver suit, presented a new song from a swing album they were working on.
Singer Maggie May danced around the stage singing the refrain of “Sun and Flowers”.
Sir Rod, who previously battled the disease himself and flew to the event from California, told the audience: “To be here is amazing.
“You may or may not have this terrible disease. If it wasn’t for my wonderful wife, wonderful family, and some wonderful doctors, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The singer later joked about the outfit Van Morrison wore during his performance, which included green aviator sunglasses and a light blue suit with a matching trilby hat.
Sir Rod said, “Ladies and gentlemen, a special round of applause for Van Morrison’s costume.”
“I always warm up with Have I Told You Lately? but he’s in the next dressing room, so I didn’t do that. Well done Van.
Sir Rod then said, “What more can we say, Jules?” before adding, “I love you.”
Holland replied, “I love you too,” before they talked about how they got to know each other through their mutual love of model trains.
Holland repeatedly thanked the performers for their support during the show, saying, “I’d like to thank all the artists who came from all over the world to be here tonight.”
Between performances, he told the audience, “I want to say a huge thank you for coming this evening, but I really want to thank all the artists.
“They came because they wanted to support it, because they or their families were hurt in some way, or they came because they are my dear friends.”
Mel C also thanked the audience, saying, “Unfortunately, this is something that affects a lot of us and we’re touched by these terrible things in our lives, that’s why we’re here and you did a good job tonight, so thanks for being here.” . “.
She then asked Holland on the piano, “What do you think? Will we go back in time? Let’s be quicker?”
The entire audience roared as Mel C began singing the Spice Girls song Who Do You Think You Are?.
Ollie Alexander also raised the audience from their seats and danced, singing “Sign, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder.
After finishing the song, he held a towel up to his face and laughed, “After that, I’ll dry myself off, sorry.”
Funding from Raise The Roof, which was also hosted by Prostate Cancer UK founder Professor Jonathan Waxman, will go towards research to help find the best approach to prostate cancer testing that could be used for a UK-wide screening programme. , the charity previously said.
In March of this year, Holland told the PA news agency of his own diagnosis in 2014, revealing that he was diagnosed after a routine blood test and had no symptoms at the time.
He added that “it’s very important for men to be aware of the facts about prostate cancer and understand their risk.”
Sir Rod also battled the disease and made a full recovery in 2019 after being diagnosed two years earlier.
The singer, who has previously spoken out for more at-risk men to see their therapist, said before the concert, “I’m clean now, just because I caught it early… You guys should really go to the doctor.”