Singer will attend ceremony at London's Guildhall today (July 24)

Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, is to be given the Freedom of the City of London today (July 24).

The singer will accept the honour at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall before Eels perform at the Barbican Centre.

Though the title of “freeman” confers no special privileges, Everett will join an exclusive list of previous recipients including Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, and Nelson Mandela.

Other musicians to receive the honour include Bob Geldof, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, but Everett is the first singer of a contemporary band to receive the title.

Eels released their 11th album, ‘The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett’, this year.

Eels will play:

London Barbican (July 24)
Bristol Colston Hall (25)
Gateshead Sage (26)
Salisbury City Hall (27)

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