Electric Proms

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2010, Aftershow Party20101030

Bob Harris broadcasts from the backstage area of London's historic Roundhouse, with all the atmosphere and special guests from the Electric Proms aftershow parties.

Bob also looks back at the heyday of the venue in the psychedelic 60s and chats to Sir Elton John and Robert Plant about their set lists and influences and plays highlights from their performances.

Bob Harris talks to the performers and guests at the Electric Prom aftershow parties.

2010, Neil Diamond20101030

Chris Evans and Jo Whiley are back at the London Roundhouse, as Neil Diamond performs for the last night of the Electric Proms.

After a career spanning five decades, over 128 million worldwide record sales, three dozen Top Forty hits, a Grammy and a Golden Globe, Neil Diamond is just getting started.

Tonight, he revisits his own back catalogue, which includes classic songs like I'm A Believer and Sweet Caroline.

He also showcases his skills as a performer with interpretations of his favourite songs from other rock composers, including The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles and Randy Newman.

A Night With Neil Diamond will broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 13 November, featuring highlights of the Radio 2 Electric Proms, together with a documentary about Neil's prolific and rich music career.

Red Button and online will provide exclusive clips and behind the scenes footage from Saturday 6 November.

Neil Diamond performs for the last night of the Electric Proms.

2010, Robert Plant20101029

Jo Whiley is on hand at the London Roundhouse as archetypal rock frontman, Robert Plant, takes to the stage for the second of three Radio 2 Electric Proms for 2010.

Robert has enjoyed great solo success since the 1980s, and recently won five Grammy Awards for the album Raising Sand, in which he collaborated with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Although best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the phenomenally successful rock band Led Zeppelin, Plant's Electric Proms performance will concentrate on his personal musical influences: ranging from Delta blues through to rock, and the native sounds of Africa.

He will be joined on stage by rock group Band Of Joy including vocalist Patty Griffin (the band name itself is recycled from Plant's own pre-Zeppelin group, formed in the mid-1960s) and The London Oriana Choir.

The live set will feature a number of much-loved Led Zeppelin and solo numbers together with eclectic new material from his latest critically acclaimed release, Band of Joy.

R2 Electric Proms: Robert Plant will broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 6 November, as part of A Night With Robert Plant, which will showcase Robert's continuing musical legacy.

Red button and online will also provide exclusive clips and behind the scenes footage from Saturday 30 October.

Robert Plant takes to the stage for the second of three Radio 2 Electric Proms for 2010.

2010, Sir Elton John20101028

The Radio 2 Electric Proms launch with one of the most successful musicians and flamboyant showmen of all time, Sir Elton John, who's won a multitude of awards from Brits, Grammys, Golden Globes to Oscars.

For this special event, two pianos take centre stage at The Roundhouse in London.

One for Elton, and the other, for an artist who inspired Elton as a young musician; singer songwriter Leon Russell.

Elton is performing tracks from his new studio album, The Union, produced in collaboration with Leon Russell, and he will draw upon an incredible back catalogue of hits amassed during his four-decade career.

The concert also brings on board two exciting new names, the critically acclaimed rapper Plan B and young singer-songwriter Rumer, to perform alongside Elton John.

Leon Russell's career runs the musical gamut from Sinatra to the Stones, the Beach Boys and B.B.King.

He's written some of the most-covered songs in the pop songbook, and three Stones and two Beatles performed on his debut solo record.

He was recently the subject of a Radio 2 profile, which included contributions from Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Herb Alpert and, of course, Elton John.

One of Elton's first champions in the States, even before the young singer-songwriter had set foot in America, he was also one of Elton's greatest influences as a piano player.

Sir Elton says: "I'm delighted to be kicking off this year's Radio 2 Electric Proms, particularly as I'll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes.

The performance will feature some very special guests and memorable moments."

The first of three Radio 2 Electric Proms for 2010, tonight's concert is presented by Chris Evans and Jo Whiley and it will be followed by performances from Robert Plant [Friday] and Neil Diamond [Saturday].

R2 Electric Proms: Sir Elton John will be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 30 October.

A documentary featuring an exclusive interview and highlighting Sir Elton's musical history, career highlights and influences will also be broadcast.

Red button and online will also provide exclusive clips and behind the scenes footage from Saturday 30 October.

Sir Elton John launches Radio 2's Electric Proms with a live concert from The Roundhouse.

Dame Shirley Bassey2009102320091228

Another chance to hear Dame Shirley Bassey celebrating 50 years at the top of showbusiness for the BBC Electric Proms earlier this year.

Dame Shirley performs some of her most famous tracks with the BBC Concert Orchestra, alongside new songs from her latest album, The Performance.

Another chance to hear Dame Shirley Bassey performing at the BBC Electric Proms 2009.

Paul O'Grady introduces Dame Shirley Bassey live at London's Roundhouse with a unique performance celebrating 50 years at the top of showbusiness.

Dame Shirley performs some of her most famous tracks with the BBC Concert Orchestra, alongside new songs from her forthcoming album, The Performance.

Dame Shirley Bassey joins Robbie Williams, Smokey Robinson, Dizzee Rascal, Doves, Magazine, Florence And The Machine and Metronomy to complete the stellar line-up of acts at this year's BBC Electric Proms.

Dame Shirley Bassey celebrates 50 years in showbusiness, live from London's Roundhouse.

Robbie Williams On Radio 120091020

Radio 1 heads to the Roundhouse in Camden for Mr Robbie Williams' special one-off gig as part of the BBC Electric Proms.

This programme may contain strong language.

Mr Robbie Williams' special one-off gig at the Roundhouse in Camden.

Saturday Night Fever20100828

Another chance to hear Robin Gibb perform the Bee Gees' classic disco album with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

It was recorded for the BBC Electric Proms back in October 2008, marking 30 years since Saturday Night Fever soundtrack topped the UK charts.

Robin performs alongside guest artists including Sam Sparro, Sharleen Spiteri, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gateley and Gabriella Cilmi at London's Roundhouse.

The show is directed by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, and includes Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talkin' and More Than A Woman.

A show to mark the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever topping the charts in the UK.

Smokey Robinson2009102420091226

Another chance to hear Smokey Robinson take to the Roundhouse stage, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and his band, for an Electric Prom celebrating 50 years of Motown records.

He performs brand new arrangements of some of his greatest hits, alongside tracks from his new album, Time Flies When You're Having Fun.

Operating out of the Hitsville U.S.A.

studio in Detroit, Motown Records defined what popular music could be; and Smokey Robinson was integral to the label's success.

One of Berry Gordon's first signings, Smokey delivered a string of hits with his band the Miracles including singles like The Tracks Of My Tears and Tears Of A Clown.

With their pounding rhythm tracks, jubilant string arrangements and that intoxicating, instantly recognisable falsetto, Smokey's recorded output is emblematic of The Motown Sound.

He was also the primary songwriter for the Temptations from 1963-6, penning classics like My Girl and Get Ready.

Paul Gambaccini introduces this special celebration of Motown, which was recorded on Saturday 24th October, 50 years after Smokey first sang for the label.

Smokey Robinson celebrates 50 years of Motown records with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Smokey Robinson takes to the Roundhouse stage, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and his band, for an Electric Prom celebrating 50 years of Motown records.

Paul Gambaccini introduces this special celebration of Motown, 50 years after Smokey first sang for the label.