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Diddyjones_lOn Wednesday two of the biggest entertainers on the planet — that’s right, I’m talking about Diddy and Tom Jones! — announced plans to join the lineup for a summer concert to be held at London’s new Wembley Stadium in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Harry and William have planned the event for July 1 as a tribute to their mother on what would have been her 46th birthday, and proceeds will go to charities supported by Diana.

I’m not sure how many PopWatchers have been keeping tabs on this show, but it’s definitely shaping up to be one of the musical events of the summer. Here’s a sneak peak at the rumored lineup so far: Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Natasha Bedingfield, the Feeling, Pharrell Williams, Nelly Furtado, James Morrison, Elton John, Duran Duran, Status Quo, Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, British Pop Idol winner Will Young, Roger Hodgson (former singer for Supertramp), and Take That. As if that weren’t enough, the concert will also feature a performance by the English National Ballet and musical medleys by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I assume I’m not the only one hoping for a Kanye-Lloyd Webber “Magical Mr. Mistoffelees” collabo. (On a side note, the princes have caught some flak for souring the “climate” of the Live Earth event taking place at Wembley six days later, but Madonna and Genesis allegedly picked the planet over Lady Diana).

Aside from the fact that this memorial event is a nice thing for both the public and charities it supports, seeing the lineup got me thinking about how incredible it would be to have the resources and connections necessary to build the concert lineup of your dreams. Just think: For Live 8 in 2005, Bob Geldof had Pink Floyd together onstage for the first time in 24 years, as well as U2 performing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with Paul McCartney. For Block Party, Dave Chappelle just had to say, “Hey Fugees, can you please reunite and perform in front of a weird house with some of my other favorite artists? Thanks!” It’d be like planning a party on My Super Sweet Sixteen, but without the annoying parts like “finances,” “logistics,” and 16-year-olds.

I can’t quite pin down the details of my own dream concert yet, but so far it goes something like this: The show will take place on my birthday in the Hartford Civic Center. Headliners will include Jay-Z, Guns N Roses, R. Kelly, Genesis, Lil Wayne, Slayer, and the cast of Evita reunited for a medley of “High Flying Adored” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” The evening will be MCed by Ricky Gervais and there will be mash-up performance of Cirque du Soleil and Starlight Express

What about you, PopWatchers? If you could organize the concert of your dreams, who would be there? After we hear your suggestions, we’ll see what we can do. may not be royalty, but we did get Paris Bennett in our studio

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