October 24, 2007 23:47

Mark Ronson stages all-star opening for Electric Proms

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Mark Ronson rounded off the opening night (October 24) of the BBC Electric Proms 2007 with a set packed with guest stars.

Opening with two instrumentals, including a cover of Maximo Park's 'Apply Some Pressure', the DJ/producer then showcased his recent album 'Version' and assorted songs backed by the BBC Orchestra.

"Hello everyone, I'd like to welcome everyone to the Electric Proms," Ronson told the crowd. "These are my favourite songs, some I've written, some I've covered, some other people have covered. I only get to do this once and I'm glad you're here."

Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald was the first guest vocalists, crowd surfing during his cover of Radiohead's 'Just', while singer Adele enthralled the audience with her strong vocals as she debuted her new song 'Cold Shoulder'.

Lily Allen's billed appearance did not materialise and instead Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson covered himself as he reprised his vocals on 'Oh My God'.

"My friendly Lily was supposed to be here but she cancelled last minute," explained Ronson. "That's cool, people have lives and stuff, so we got someone who was in town and knew all the words!"

Following slots from Candie Payne and Wale, The Rumble Strips’ frontman Charlie Waller brought his band's version of Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' to the mix.

"I spent most of the year covering other people's songs, so it's nice to hear a remix back," explained Ronson of the choice. "Charlie did a phenomenal remix of 'Back To Black', I think I like it more than the original now."

Waller then joined Santo Gold on a cover of The Jam's 'Pretty Green' with the two splitting the song's vocals straight down the middle before the Brooklyn-based singer busted out some dance moves at Ronson's request.

Gold then performed a duet with The Specials singer Terry Hall, playing his Fun Boy Three song 'Our Lips Are Sealed', before Ronson's childhood friend Sean Lennon joined him on The Beach Boys' 'Sail On Sailor'.

With The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess and Mark Collins on hand to play their own single 'The Only One I Know', Ronson then unveiled an unlikely replacement for Amy Winehouse.

Playing The Zutons’ cover 'Valerie' from 'Version', The View's Kyle Falconer filled in for the bee-hived diva who is currently touring.

Following an encore featuring a series of songs with regular collaborator Daniel Merriweather, including The Smiths' 'Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before', Ronson wrapped up the night with Lennon returning to lead some of the evening performers through The Beatles'We Can Work It Out' – albeit in the style of Stevie Wonder's cover.

Mark Ronson and the BBC Orchestra played:

'Overture'
'Apply Some Pressure' (instrumental)
'Just' (Alex Greenwald)
'Cold Shoulder' (Adele)
'Oh My God' (Ricky Wilson)
'One More Chance' (Candie Payne)
'Sunny' (Candie Payne)
'Ooh Wee And Dance' (Wale)
'All I Need To Get By' (Wale and Tawiah)
'Back To Black' (Charlie Waller, Rumble Strips)
'Pretty Green' (Santo Gold and Charlie Waller)
'Our Lips Are Sealed' (Terry Hall and Santo Gold)
'Sail On Sailor' (Sean Lennon)
'God Put A Smile On Your Face' (instrumental)
'The Only One I Know' (Tim Burgess & Mark Collins, The Charlatans)
'Valerie' (Kyle Falconer, The View)
'I Kill Myself' (Daniel Merriweather)
'Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before' (Daniel Merriweather)
'We Can Work It Out' (Daniel Merriweather, Sean Lennon, Talia)


Earlier, The Coral had opened the show and were joined by Oasis' Noel Gallagher during their set.

To see pictures from the night check out of special gallery now.

Stay tuned to NME.COM for more coverage direct from this year's BBC Electric Proms.


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