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Music For Montserrat was a benefit concert held on September 15, 1997 at the Royal Albert Hall. Musicians came together to raise funds for the Caribbean island of Montserrat after a major volcanic eruption by the Soufrière Hills volcano earlier that year left the island, including its capital of Plymouth, devastated. The concert starred musicians such as Phil Collins, Ray Cooper, Carl Perkins, Jimmy Buffett, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Midge Ure, Arrow and many more, all of whom had once recorded at the island's famous AIR Studios.

A DVD was released with the most famous songs from the concert, such as Your Song, Layla, Brothers In Arms, Blue Suede Shoes, Money For Nothing, Yesterday, Hey Jude, and Message In A Bottle.

The concert was arranged and produced by George Martin; proceeds from the show and DVD were used for immediate relief and also helped fund the building of a new cultural centre in Montserrat. On its completion in 2006, George Martin gifted the centre to the islanders.

This was Carl Perkins last major live performance; he died just over four months later on 19 January 1998

Performers (in alphabetical order): Arrow Jimmy Buffett Eric Clapton Phil Collins Ray Cooper Jools Holland Elton John Mark Knopfler George Martin Paul McCartney Carl Perkins Chris Stainton Sting Midge Ure

Other contributors included Jools Holland, Ray Cooper, Ralph MacDonald, Robbie Greenwich, Dave Hartley, Ian Thomas and Chris Lawrence


Setlist:

1. Introduction by Sir George Martin 2. Phil Collins - Take Me Home 3. Arrow & His band - Hot Hot Hot 4. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes 5. Jimmy Buffet - Volcano Mark Knopfler - Local Hero 6. Mark Knopfler - Brothers In Arms 7. Mark Knopfler - Money For Nothing 8. Sting - Message In A Bottle 9. Sting - Magic 10. Elton John - Your Song

1. Elton John - Live Like Horses 2. Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me 3. Eric Clapton - Broken Hearted 4. Eric Clapton - Layla 5. Eric Clapton - Same Old Blues 6. Paul McCartney - Yesterday 7. Paul McCartney - Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

   & Thank you speech by Sir George Martin

8. Paul McCartney & all other artists - Hey Jude 9. Paul McCartney & all other artists - Kansas City

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