Rock legends salute queen — the lady, not the band

Lindsay Lohan (left) and Grant Bowler will portray Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a Lifetime movie, "Liz & Dick," later this year.
Lindsay Lohan (left) and Grant Bowler will portray Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a Lifetime movie, "Liz & Dick," later this year.
Posted: June 05, 2012

THE WEATHER cleared a bit in London and thousands of flag-waving fans gathered Monday to watch Paul McCartney, Elton John, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Stevie Wonder and other musical royalty — even some under 60 — celebrate Queen Elizabeth II with a Buckingham Palace concert featuring acts from throughout her 60-year reign.

The queen was cheered as she arrived partway through the show, wearing a gold lame cocktail dress under a dark cape. But the joy of the crowd was tempered by news that the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, was hospitalized with a bladder infection.

Palace officials said the prince, who will turn 91 on Saturday, was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London from Windsor Castle on Monday as a precaution and will remain under observation for a few days.

That’s what happens when you’re 90 and you stoically stand out in the chilly, British rain for hours on Sunday to watch 1,000 boats on the Thames toot their horns for your wife.

"I hope he’s OK," said Sir Paul, who closed the concert. "We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery."

The queen’s own musical tastes are a mystery, but according to The Guardian newspaper, the only song she has ever been known to request is "Some Enchanted Evening" from "South Pacific."

"I don’t think she’s a big pop-music fan," Sir Elton told the BBC. "She’s not trendy, she doesn’t follow any fads. She’s stoic, she’s brilliant, she’s wise, she’s funny, and we’re all really happy to be here."

Oil suit update

Kevin Costner’s attorney says the only reason that Stephen Baldwin sued him over their investments in a device used to try to clean up BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is that Costner is famous.

Baldwin claims that Costner and business partner Patrick Smith duped him and a friend out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to buy oil-separating centrifuges after the April 2010 spill.

Costner’s attorney says his client played no role in Baldwin’s decision to sell his shares in a company that marketed the centrifuges to BP for $1.4 million.

TATTBITS

Conservative talk-radio host Neal Boortz, 67, announced his retirement Monday after four decades at the microphone. His last day will be Jan. 21, 2013, the day of the presidential inauguration.

Boortz will be replaced by former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, has a deal with Grand Central Publishing for Things a Little Bird Told Me, a book about creative thinking that will include personal anecdotes. The book is scheduled for April 2014.

Stone has written two books about blogging: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content and Who Let The Blogs Out?

Maybe there is some hope for the printed word after all.

Core membership of the American Booksellers Association rose for the third straight year after years of double-digit and triple-digit declines brought on by superstore chains and online sellers such as Amazon.com.

The number of books sold through mid-May by about 500 ABA stores increased by 13.4 percent over last year.

Thanks to a new survey by Songza.com, companies now know that Maroon 5’s "Moves Like Jagger" makes nearly half of workers do better at their jobs, while 42 percent of those surveyed said Gotye’s "Somebody I Used to Know" gave them an early-morning boost.

Meanwhile, in tribute to Richard Dawson, survey says: The "Glee" version of Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believin’ "provokes " deep feelings of resentment and anger."

— Daily News services contributed to this report. Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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