Prince’s Trust - All Star Rock Concert 1986 • The „Prince’s Trust“ is a UK charity organization to aid young people, founded by Prince Charles in 1976. Before the release of Tina's new album Break Every Rule in 1986, she did her only live appearance that year on June 20, with the performance at the „All Star Rock Concert“ at London's Wembley Arena, to celebrate the organizations tenth anniversary. Her solo performance and the performances with Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney were released the following year on the Princes’s Trust album and home video.
Eric Clapton: guitar, vocals Paul McCartney: guitar, vocals Mark Knopfler: guitar, vocals Midge Ure: guitar, vocals Rick Parfitt: guitar Bryan Adams: guitar Francis Rossi: guitar Elton John: piano, vocals Howard Jones: keyboards, vocals Rod Stewart: vocals George Michael: vocals Suzanne Vega: vocals Tina Turner: vocals Paul Young: vocals Sting: vocals Joan Armatrading: vocals Mark King: bass John Illsey: bass Phil Collins: drums, vocals Ray Cooper: percussion Vicky Brown: backing vocals Samantha Brown: backing vocals Jimmy Chambers: backing vocals George Chandler: backing vocals Jimmy Helms: backing vocals
The Trust is one of Prince Charles favorite charities, intended to help the personal development of young people. And the All-Stars, gathered before 8,000 fans in London's Wembley Arena, include most of England's rock Establishment: Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Mark Knopfler and, coming out to lead the ''superband'' in a rousing finale, Paul McCartney. Also on hand, efficiently representing a nod in the direction of women, blacks and Americans, is Tina Turner.
Actually, Ms. Turner, introduced by Mr. John as ''a certain lady who I'm sure you'll recognize,'' leads off the festivities, stomping around the stage in a kind of skimpy Daisy Mae frock, spike heels, black-net stockings and, not to overdo things, a simple string of pearls. Revving up both the musicians and audience, she does a driving solo on ''Better Be Good to Me'' and then is joined by the guitarist Mr. Clapton for ''Tearing Us Apart,'' noting that the duet is on his latest album.
There is nothing startlingly new in the rest of the program. Mr. Knopfler of Dire Straits does ''Money for Nothing,'' with Sting making a surprise appearance on the backup vocals. But that's about as ''current'' as the program gets. The rest has a decided ''golden oldies'' tone. Mr. John accompanies himself on the piano for ''Your Song.'' Mr. Collins does the same with ''In the Air Tonight,'' after warning the crowd that, yes, he is ''going to play that bloody song again.'' And Mr. Stewart even resorts to an audience sing-along on his familiar rendition of ''Sailing.'' Shades of Mitch Miller. Most of these performers, of course, have reached the age zone delicately referred to as forty-ish, and a certain air of nostalgia in the proceedings is probably inevitable.
But the younger members of the group seem to be even more rooted in the past. Paul Young, who appears to be a graduate of the School of Wayne Newton, has the fans holding up their arms and swaying moonily to a ballad called ''Every Time You Go Away.'' It could just as well be Vera Lynn singing ''The White Cliffs of Dover.'' Mr. Young later does a reprise duet of the same ballad with George Michael. Enough, in this case, is more than enough.
Nevertheless, the occasion is marked by soaring spirits. Many of these stars have never before worked on the same stage together and they are obviously making the most of this opportunity. With Harvey Goldsmith (who did ''Live Aid'' with Bob Geldof) and Peter Smith as the executive producers, and Anthony Eaton as producer, the television special captures the occasion's high-flying energy. Video camera personnel can be seen darting around the stage like unobtrusive prop men in a Kabuki drama. They get both the fascinating details and the overall picture, including a glimpse of Charles and Diana standing in their box and clapping along with the rest of the audience.
When Mr. McCartney appears, he wastes no time in making sure the fans are having a good time. He leads the ''superband'' in dancing-in-the-aisles versions of ''I Saw Her Standing There'' and ''Long Tall Sally.'' All of the performers, including a still exploding Ms. Turner, then gather on stage for a closing rendition of ''Get Back.''
By John J. O'Connor