May 15, 2013, 4:16 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- They say that life begins at 40 – although some of the musical legends heading to London this summer obviously got the memo 20 years too late. With the likes of Chris de Burgh, Donnie and Marie and The Stranglers having all graced the London stage so far this year, several more blasts from the past are set to treat audiences to a trip down memory lane – starting with guitar guru Eric Clapton, who starts a five-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall this Friday (17th May 2013).
Blending numbers from his Yailbirds and Cream back catalogue with some of his recent blues and honky-tonk solo offerings, Clapton celebrates his 50th year as a professional musician with five nights at the prestigious venue, which he once described as "my front room". There's certainly no reason to cry about this journeyman dropping into the Royal Albert Hall this summer – and he's not the only one.
Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler – alongside Clapton hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time – plays six special nights to promote his latest album Privateering from 27th May to 1st June; while the renowned genre-bending musician Elvis Costello picks up the baton with two nights with his band The Imposters for the continuation of their 13 Revolvers tour (4th & 5th June). Fans travelling into London to attend any of these classic concerts can book their accommodation through LondonTown.com, where there's a wide range of Hotels in London for all kinds of budget.
The O2 Arena welcomes a number of timeless acts this summer too with New Wave synth-poppers Depeche Mode playing two nights on 28th and 29th May before the multi award-winning American singer Barbra Streisand, one of the most successful entertainers in modern entertainment history, plays back-to-back concerts on 1st and 3rd June. Later in the year at the former Millennium Dome, fans will be given the chance to see Fleetwood Mac on tour for the first time since 2009 with four consecutive nights (24th-27th September).
Marking 35 years since the release of their classic album Rumours , this much anticipated tour from the alternative blues pop-rockers will see original members Mick Fleetwood (drums) and John McVie (bass) joined by guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks for what could be the musical event of the late summer. Before Fleetwood Mac, outdoor festival fans will hope there's no need for a rain mac when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band headline alongside The Black Crows at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for Hard Rock Calling on 30th July. The Boss will also bring his heartland stadium rock to Wembley on 15th June, where he'll no doubt don double denim while playing material from his latest hit album, Wrecking Ball.
Other acts from yesteryear to keep an eye out for this summer include the evergreen Sir Cliff Richard at Hampton Court (22nd June) and the Simply Red flame-haired soul singer Mick Hucknall at the Hammersmith Apollo on 28th June. All these gigs are featured on a special London's Golden Oldies feature on LondonTown.com, the capital's leading events website.
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