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Elton John World News: Elton John will lead Wembley farewell

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Wednesday 11 October 2000 @ 0:44 - GMT

Elton John is to host a farewell charity concert at Wembley Stadium just hours before the bulldozers move in. He will lead a special celebrity concert, featuring sporting and musical heroes with links to the famous stadium. It is not yet known if Elton will perform at the concert or is simply hosting the event.

 

The show will take place on November 2, 2000, and is the last scheduled event which is expected to raise £1 million for the NSPCC Full Stop Campaign.

 

Organiser Mark Wood said: "Music has played a huge part in Wembley's history and Sir Elton's presence will ensure that music as well as sport lives on in Wembley's memory."

The famous stadium, built in 1923, is no stranger to rock concerts. It was the focus for the the Live Aid and Band Aid benefits for African famine in the 1980s. Queen, U2 and Elton John were among those international stars to perform at Live Aid.

 

Guests will include England's 1966 World Cup heroes and many FA Cup winning players as well as greats from other Wembley sports will be there, including David Broome and Harvey Smith (show jumping), Ellery Hanley and Martin Offiah (rugby league), Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs (speedway) and Fanny Blankers-Koen (athletics).