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Agence France-Presse

Ricky Martin, Ozzy Osbourne Get Royal Concert Date

MAY 13, 2002
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LONDON, May 13 (AFP) - Latin American warbler Ricky Martin and heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne were Monday added to the line-up for a pop concert at Buckingham Palace for Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

Royal officials said the pair would appear at the June 3 concert, part of a four-day extravaganza for the queen's golden jubilee on the throne.

Other acts already announced include ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Shirley Bassey, as well as newer bands.

Martin, the hip-gyrating teen idol from Puerto Rico, is best known for high-energy songs such as "Livin' la Vida Loca."

Osbourne, the British former Black Sabbath frontman, is a different matter. One of his past exploits was to bite the head off a live bat in concert, a trick the queen may not want him to repeat.

Officials say they expect more than one million people to turn out for the June 1-4 celebrations, the high-point of the queen's jubilee year.

It will include a classical music concert on June 1 -- also in the gardens of Buckingham Palace -- as well as a jubilee church services, a festival parade and carnival.

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