Queen guitarist Brian May and frequent collaborator and star of “We Will Rock You” musical Kerry Ellis have donned specially designed ‘Rock Against Cancer’ t-shirts and are doing their bit to help promote the third annual “Concert at the Kings” held at the small pub The Kings Arms in the UK village of All Cannings, Wiltshire.
Other stars spearheading the social media campaign to raise awareness of the event are Sir Paul McCartney and Bob Geldoff, the latter of which will be performing at the concert itself.
‘Rock Against Cancer’ was an idea thought up by three residents of All Cannings, all of whom have battled the disease. Launching the annual event two years ago, artists including Jeff Beck, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Mike & The Mechanics, Midge Ure and Tom Robinson have performed, helping to raise more than £35,000 for various cancer charities.
So far this years lineup includes The Boomtown Rats, The Troggs, Dire Straits spinoff group The Straits, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and UK soul singer Paul Young’s Los Pacaminos.
All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Above and Beyond charity, which aids the oncology department of the Bristol hospital.
In a statement The Kings Arms landlord Richard Baulu said: “We’re hugely grateful for this fantastic support to put the concert on the map. It’s a great boost for the cause to have such rock giants in our campaign T-shirts.”
“We hoping to take our total raised to over £50,000 this year,” said organiser John Callis “We all know friends and family who have been affected by cancer and we realise the huge need for investment in research and support. With all of this help, we will beat this!”