Quincy Jones Will Perform Off The Wall, Thriller & Bad at The O2
For the first time EVER, Quincy Jones will present the world-changing albums he created with Michael Jackson: 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', and 'Bad', LIVE IN CONCERT. This one-off show at The O2 in London on Sunday 23rd June will see all three records performed back to back by a symphony orchestra - conducted by Jules Buckley and Quincy himself - accompanied by an array of special guests to be announced.
Returning to the UK after one of the most talked about concerts of 2018, 'Quincy Jones - A Life In Song' - which The Times called '... a ritzy extravaganza', and the Evening Standard called '... a crowd-pleasing, star-studded...' show - Quincy will introduce and host the evening, which will feature never before seen video of the making of each album in between the live performances, picking apart the intricacies from a hat-trick of records that are a highlight in an unparalleled body of work.
On returning to the UK, Quincy said:
"I had an absolutely beautiful time celebrating my 85th birthday with all-a-y'awl in London at The O2 last year, and I'm looking forward to doing it again this year, except this time, in honour of Off The Wall, Bad, & Thriller! It's an absolute dream to present this music live, so I hope you'll come join me for a hang-thang! It's time to rock wit y'awl!"
1979's 'Off The Wall', 1982's 'Thriller', and 1987's 'Bad', all represent a unique, triptych landmark in popular culture, leading to both unrivalled commercial and critical success, as well as era-spanning influence.
The three albums have sold together in excess of 150 million copies worldwide, racking up an uncountable list of platinum discs and awards, including both 'Off The Wall' and 'Thriller' being inducted into the GRAMMY Award Hall of Fame in 2008.
Forging a link between disco, R&B and pop, the albums spawned some of the most popular songs of all time, including 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', 'Smooth Criminal', and more.
A celebration of three lifetime-defining albums, Quincy Jones will present 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', and 'Bad' live for what will be one of the most memorable concert experiences of all time.
Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th Century, Quincy Jones is an icon in the broadest and most creative sense of the word. His career has encompassed the roles of composer, artist, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, humanitarian, investor, and record, film, and TV producer. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies, and television.
Jones' creative magic has spanned over seven decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era, and continues to influence today's high-technology, international multi-media hybrids. He has received an incredible 80 Grammy Award nominations, with 27 wins-the joint-most wins of any living person, and all-time most Grammy nominated artist-and has also been nominated for seven Academy Awards for his original compositions for films.
With a lifetime filled with so many musical highlights that have influenced popular culture so deeply, standout moments are not hard to come by. Although, certainly up there to be considered are his arrangements for Frank Sinatra on tracks such as "Fly Me to the Moon", which became not only a popular standard, but also the first song ever played on the moon. He is one of only a few producers ever to have number one records in three consecutive decades (1960s, 1970s, and 1980s).
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