Quincy Jones
And the guest cast is enormous...

Music legend Quincy Jones is set to host his 85th birthday party at London's O2 Arena on June 27th.

The songwriter, composer, producer, and giver of fantastically wonderful interviews turns 85 this year, and he plans to host a pretty special party.

The one off event takes place at London's O2 Arena this summer, and will feature an onstage Q&A with Quincy about his life and career.

Featuring a full symphony orchestra, guests will include Caro Emerald, Jess Glynne, Lalah Hathaway, Mick Hucknall, Beverley Knight, Jonah Nilsson, Mark Ronson, Jack Savoretti, Andreas Varady and many more.

Quincy explains:

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. 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. 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.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday (April 13th).

Quincy Jones 85th birthday celebration takes place at London's O2 Arena on June 27th.

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