With a combined age of 270, they make a quartet of genuine rock legends.
Sir Paul McCartney, 70, Eric Clapton, 67, Roger Daltrey, 68, and Ronnie Wood, 65, were among a parade of stars who turned out to mark the 80th birthday of pop art pioneer Sir Peter Blake.
He is most famous for designing the iconic cover for The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The party was held at the Royal Albert Hall where a retrospective exhibition of Sir Peter’s work is being held. As well as the static exhibition there is also a mobile work of art in the form of a tour bus which will be spotted at festivals around the country.
The artist, in red braces and with a walking stick, was seen enjoying a drink with Sir Paul and the singer’s wife Nancy Shevell at the event on Friday.
He also cut a cake, iced with a pop art design, in front of the partygoers who included former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, 75. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was with his 34-year-old theatre producer girlfriend Sally Humphreys.
Other guests included Beatles producer Sir George Martin, 86, Tony Bennett, 85, and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, 68, while Madness performed some of their songs.
As well as Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sir Peter designed the cover for the Band Aid single Do They Know It’s Christmas? and Paul Weller’s album Stanley Road.
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Royal Albert Hall June 2012
It was the right venue. Frankie Valli is New Jersey royalty. He might not have been crowned, but appearing in The Sopranos is as good as any coronation. As he leaned into the audience, shaking hands, he spread his magic. Even Jimmy Page had come along for this rare London show by one of pop’s greatest, most distinctive voices.
Opening Acts: Jonathan Wilson
The Royal Albert Hall added to its rich concert history on Wednesday night as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out their two-night run at the famed London venue with an epic show featuring a guest appearance by close friend and rock legend Steve Winwood.
Backstage hopped with excitement before the show as family and friends mingled with the band amid the road cases. Winwood - who opened for Tom and the Heartbreakers' summer tour in 2008 - caught up with tour manager Richard Fernandez and checked out guitars with Alan Rogan before the show. Olivia Harrison dropped in to say hello. Father-and-son producing duo Glyn and Ethan Johns were around. Nick Lowe and Jimmy Page were in the house and Helen Mirren came backstage to say hi.
Edited by kenog, 02 July 2012 - 07:11 AM.