Stars to shine at Steel concert

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Golden greats of the music industry will shine for the city’s Women Of Steel this weekend at a Star-backed charity concert featuring some of the biggest hits to come out of South Yorkshire.

And today we can exclusively reveal the amazing set list.

The Women Of Steel Concert – at Sheffield City Hall, on Saturday – will help fund a £150,000 statue outside the venue to honour the city’s brave and inspirational women who kept the steel mills going in two world wars.

The bill – and others who have given their support with tracks for a download album – is like a who’s who of the regional music scene.

Performing will be Tony Christie, Heaven 17, ABC’s Martin Fry, John Parr, John Shuttleworth, Baby Bird and Eliot Kennedy, with guest appearances from many other household names.

Electro synth legends Heaven 17, featuring front man Glen Gregory and keyboard wizard Martyn Ware – who was also a founding member of Heaven 17 – will perform Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry, Fascist Groove Thang and smash hit Temptation.

ABC’s Martin Fry will storm the stage with Shoot That Poison Arow, When Smokey Sings and The Look Of Love.

Conisbrough’s own Tony Christie will sing 1972 global hit Avenues and Alleyways, the theme song for the TV series The Protectors, followed by the big one – his chart-topping 1.3 million selling Is This the Way to Amarillo?

The song, first released in 1971, reached number 18 in the UK charts. But it smashed its way to the top spot and stayed there for seven weeks as the best-selling single of 2005 as the official song for Comic Relief, featuring Peter Kay on the music video.

Other highlights will include Baby Bird dedicating to the Women Of Steel their 1996 top-10 hit, You’re Gorgeous. They will also perform If You’ll be Mine.

Comedy genius Graham Fellows, in character as John Shuttleworth, will entertain with three songs Can’t Get Back To Savouries, Two Margarines and Why, Reg?

Rock superstar John Parr will entertain with his world-wide hit St Elmo’s Fire and will also sing Oh Well.

Sheffield’s Grammy award-winning Eliot Kennedy, who with James Jayawardena will lead the house band of top musicians, will perform self-penned classics When You’re Gone, written for Bryan Adams and Mel C, Picture of You, the Boyzone hit from the Mr Bean movie which won him an Ivor Novello award, and Say You’ll Be There, a Spice Girls number one.

City singer-songwriter John Reilly will sing This City and Fire.

Together the trio of Eliot Kennedy, John Parr and John Reilly will close the event with the world premier of a new song they have written, called Women Of Steel, which will be available soon as a charity fundraising single towards the statue appeal.

X Factor star Janet Devlin, who has been writing and recording at Eliot’s Steelworks studio will perform his single, Wonderful.

Other local stars include Paul Pashley, doing a big band arrangement of Arctic Monkeys classic I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, Philippa Hanna singing new single, Hollywood, Tramlines star Nat Johnson, singing Roving Women and, with Cornerstone brass band, Sheffield Shanty – the band will also play Olympic Fanfare.

Ray Hearne is performing Pudding Burners and Purple Cats are planning a special flash mob performance of Happy Together and Say A Little Prayer.

“There’s lots of other surprises through the night with some amazing guest presenters. It’s a night not to be missed for a gret cause,” said John Palmer, who is co-organising the event with The Star’s Graham Walker and Eliot Kennedy.