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Wednesday, 29 December, 1999, 16:02 GMT
Hucknall's race against time

Race against time: Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall

Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall will be paying tribute to Frank Sinatra at an all-star millennium concert in Greenwich - before rushing to the Dome to perform in front of the Queen.

The singer will be given a police escort as he leaves last-minute rehearsals at the Dome to perform at the British Gas Millennium Party in nearby Greenwich Park.

He is due on stage there at 2200 GMT - then he will be whisked back to the Dome to perform at 2330.

Although the two venues are less than a couple of miles apart, it will be a race against time to keep the shows on schedule, with tight security surrounding both the Dome and the park.

In the park, Hucknall will perform Frank Sinatra's My Way as well as three songs from his band.

The show will take place in the shadow of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park
He said: "I want to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra, who is one of the greatest singers of the century.

"My Way is the greatest song of the century because it represents the singular sights of the human individual to do it their way, and this century has been about people who fought for the rights of other people.

"I think it's a perfect choice."

His other choices are Holding Back The Years, Fairground - "because of that huge wheel they have further down the river" - and Words For Girlfriends.

Other acts playing include the Eurythmics, Martine McCutcheon and the London Symphony Orchestra.

At the Dome, he will perform Wave The Old World Goodbye from Simply Red's latest album Love And The Russian Winter, alongside the group's guitarist Mark James and saxophonist Ian Kirkham.

The audience will include the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Both the Greenwich Park concert and the events at the Dome will feature in the BBC's 2000 Today programme on New Year's Eve.

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