Mick Hucknall, Paul Weller and more join one-off Quincy Jones show - tickets on sale now

13 April 2018, 10:17

Paul Weller/Quincy Jones/Mick Hucknall

Quincy Jones's 85th birthday party is going to be VERY special...

The legendary producer's celebration concert will take place at London's O2 Arena on June 27, and tickets go on sale today (April 13).

Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Mark Ronson, Jess Glynne, Jack Savoretti, Beverly Knight and Caro Emerald are among the stars who will perform on the big night.

And today, it has been announced that Paul Weller and Corinne Bailey Rae have been added to the huge lineup.

Many of Quincy's huge back catalogue, including Michael Jackson's Thriller album and his arrangement of Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me To The Moon' will be performed live by the various artists, while backed by a symphony orchestra.

Quincy will also take part in a Q&A about his life and career, and considering his recent outspoken interviews, this is bound to be rather juicy.

Speaking about his return to the UK for the show, titled 'Quincy Jones - A Life In Song', he said: "For many years, I couldn’t play in the UK because the unions wouldn’t allow Americans to do concerts there.

“Finally, it worked out for us to go in ‘96 for a tribute to Nelson Mandela, and I conducted a show at the Royal Albert Hall with Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Letta Mbulu, and many other talented performers.

Quincy Jones

“I’ll never forget standing on the stage thinking that, after waiting 30 years, I was finally able to perform in such a historic venue.

“Anyways, it was a long time coming, so every time I get to return to the UK, it’s truly meaningful; after not being allowed in at one point, you never take it for granted."

He will also pay tribute to late Heatwave star Rod Temperton, the man behind many of Michael Jackson's hits including 'Thriller' and 'Rock With You', who passed away in 2016.

Quincy added: "But more importantly, I know this show is going to be an emotional one for me because we’ll be doing a tribute to my brother Rod Temperton, on his home turf.

"I love and miss him with all of my heart and soul, but I’m definitely looking forward to sharing such a special moment with his home country.”