Happy (60th) Birthday to Ya! Stevie Wonder Confirmed for Hard Rock 2010 Saturday

Posted: 23rd March 2010
James Morrison

Hard Rock Calling just got louder yet more soulful with the addition of Mr Motown himself, Stevie Wonder, for the Saturday headline slot on 26th June. He will celebrate his 60th birthday this year and what better way to do it than have 50,000 eager music fans sing his signature tune at the end of the night. Add in some special guests and you have quite a day ahead of you!

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday (26th March) priced at £50 + booking fee.

Wonder has been recording since he could talk, pretty much - Little Stevie could certainly blow a harmonica like no other and he kick-started his chart career with the cracking 'Fingertips' in 1963, closely followed by the rather marvellous 'Uptight' in 1965. After a decade of some of the most important music in the history of well, music he went on to celebrate the life of Martin Luther-King with the global-hit 'Happy Birthday'. In an apt twist, the song will no doubt feature in the evening's celebrations in Hyde Park.

Another apt twist is the added inclusion of Jamiroquai, a man who certainly offers a passing nod to the Wonderman within his recorded output. It's been a long time since old big hat crooned his 'Virtual Reality' and 'Space Cowboy' anthems live, making this a pretty mouth-watering evening. And if that wasn't enough, BRIT-winning James Morrison and the soulful singing sensation Corinne Bailey Rae provide the aural back-up.

Tickets will fly out for this.

Paul Pledger