Gay Icon Dame Shirley Bassey in London This Weekend

Dame Shirley Bassey,
 
a true gay icon and Britain’s most successful female artist ever, will celebrate 50 years in show business by giving a unique performance for the BBC Electric Proms at London’s Roundhouse on this Friday, October 23.

The Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (!) will be joined on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform some of her classic tracks as well as new songs from her forthcoming album The Performance.

Famous for her powerful renditions of songs like Big Spender, Light My Fire and Something, Dame Shirley’s international stardom (she also has France’s highest award, the Legion d’ Honneur) was confirmed by her performances of the fabulous Bond movie themes Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. These days, she’s a much-sampled legend as well, most recently by Kanye West for his Grammy-winning hit Diamonds From Sierra Leone.

You can also watch her exclusive performance over at BBC2 on Saturday 24th at 10.40pm.

72 year old Bassey also   joins a star studded line up for Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 12th November.

Also featuring the likes of Take That, Sir Paul McCartney, Muse, Snow Patrol and Leona Lewis, this spectacular show will see the UK’s finest musicians help raise money for disadvantaged children.