Rod Stewart and Van Morrison ‘Roof the Roof’ at prostate cancer charity concert

Sir Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and Paloma Faith greeted a standing ovation as they led a star-studded line-up at a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Thousands flocked to the world-renowned venue in central London on Wednesday evening for a Rise the Roof fundraiser concert, organized by charity Prostate Cancer UK and musician Jules Holland, 64, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.

Holland, who performed on piano with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra throughout the show, was accompanied by the composer on all sets.

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Jules Holland performs at Rise the Roof. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

Olly Alexander, Celeste, Melanie C., Paul Weller, Ruby Turner and Chris Defford were among the acts, each consisting of one or two songs.

Celeste, wearing a deep purple gown, delivered a powerful performance like Ray Charles’ Come Rain or Come Shine, while Paloma Faith, in a floor-length silver and gold dress, performed Etta James’s rendition of Something’s Got a Hold Was excited. on me.

Stand-up comedians Omid Jalili, Harry Hill, Stephen K Amos, Shaparak Khorsandi and Gina Yashare inspired laughter among audiences with jokes ranging from obsession with their dogs to being with their 82-year-old father during the lockdown did.

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Harry Hill performing at the event. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

Meanwhile, Holland and Sir Rod, who wore silver suits, performed a new song from a swing album they are working on.

The Maggie May singer danced across the stage playing the chorus to “Sunshine and Flowers”.

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Comedian Stephen K Amos performing at the event. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

Sir Rod, who had previously been battling the disease himself and had come from California for the show, told the audience: “It’s awesome to be here.

“You may or may not have that terrible disease. If it weren’t for my wonderful wife, my gorgeous family, and some great doctors, I wouldn’t be here tonight.”

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Jules Holland performs with Paloma Faith. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

The singer later joked about Van Morrison’s outfit during his set, which consisted of a baby blue suit with green aviator sunglasses and a matching Trilby hat.

Sir Rod said: “Ladies and gentlemen, a special round of applause for Van Morrison’s suit.”

“I always warm up with singing. Have I told you lately? But he’s in the dressing room next so I didn’t. Well done, Van.”

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Van Morrison wore a baby blue suit and aviator sunglasses. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

Sir Rod said again, “What else do we have to say, Jules?” Before adding: “I love you.”

Holland replied: “I love you too” before talking about how they met each other through their mutual love for model trains.

Holland repeatedly thanked the cast for their support during the show, saying: “I want to thank all the actors who have come from all over the world to be here tonight.”

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Celeste performs “Come Rain or Come Shine”. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

He told the audience in the midst of the act: “I want to say thank you very much for coming this evening but I really want to thank all the actors.

“They have come because they wanted to support it because they or their families have been affected in some way or they have come because they are my dear friends.”

Mel C also thanked the audience, saying: “It’s sad this affects so many of us and we’re affected by these horrible things in our lives, so here we are and you did a great job tonight. So thank you for being here.”

Then he asked Holland on the piano: “What do you think? Shall we go back in time? Shall we get a little spicy?”.

When Mel C performed the Spice Girls song Who Do You Think You Are?

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Melanie C sang “Who Do You Think You Are”. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

Ollie Alexander also got the audience up from their seats and danced as he sang Stevie Wonder’s Sign, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.

After finishing the song, he laughed and raised a towel over his face: “I’m going to pat myself down after that, sorry.”

Funds from Rise the Roof, which was also organized by Professor Jonathan Waxman, founder of Prostate Cancer UK, will go towards research to help find a better testing approach for prostate cancer and one that will be used as part of a UK-wide screening program. can be used for. , Charity has said before.

In March of this year, Holland told the PA news agency about his own diagnosis in 2014, revealing that he had been diagnosed after routine blood tests and had no symptoms at the time.

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Ollie Alexander performs during the Rise the Roof fundraiser hosted by Jules Holland at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (PA/Suzanne Moore)

He added that “it’s really important for men to be aware of the facts of prostate cancer and to understand their risk”.

Sir Rod had also battled the disease and was completely cleared in 2019 after being diagnosed two years ago.

The singer, who has previously spoken of encouraging more men at risk to talk to their GP, said before the concert: “I’m in the clear, now, just because I caught it early… You’ve really got to go to the doctor.”