Wow. This is a show that got off the ground real quick. So far we’ve seen energetic romps by the ever-dapper Duran Duran, a poignant man + guitar set by James Morrison, some Lily Allen bounce and Fergie footwork, and a big blast of power pop by our You Oughta Know band, the Feeling. "The sun is shining on Wembley today," they announced before launching into one of their power pop gems. Now Pharrell is kicking it (with a little dirty talk).
No surprise that the impact of American Idol stretches "over the pond." Simon LeBon isn’t the only Simon at the show. Mr. Cowell (with Randy and Ryan teasing him along) had some fun introducing Nelly Furtado – who was pretty damn hot.
From the "I’m Like A Bird" singer to "Swan Lake." Hey, there aren’t many events that unite N.E.R.D. and ballet dancers. Diana would have made a heck of mixed tape. Maybe Kanye will use one of the orchestra’s big old kettle drums on his next disc. Think Fergie made the entire viewing audience "rock rock"? She sure was rubbing herself enough.
Joss Stone and her band know how to throw some funk around. In her hands the Bowie cover seems right. Didn’t know Princess Diana was a big Supertramp fan. Wembley’s got its first sing-along of the day.
Didn’t see any ladies undies hitting the stage while Tom Jones was on. What’s up with that? Has the Welshman lost his mojo? Guess Joss revitalized it a bit, though. How did Joe Perry do on guitar?
That old softie Rod Stewart went right for the heart with "Maggie May" and "Sailing." And who would have predicted that Kanye and Andrew Lloyd Webber would both get their string sections on? Anyone got comments on Mr. West’s shades? Anyone predicting how Diddy is going to sound?
Our answer to that last question is: pretty damned good.
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