Eels mainman Mark ‘E’ Everett has taken the unusual step of inviting The Queen to their Royal Festival Hall gig on the 25th February.
He adds that he has been aware that the Royal box was empty when they played at the Royal Festival Hall previously and so thought she might like to attend and show support.
The full text of the letter reads:
My name is Mark Oliver Everett. My friends call me “E.” I am the singer in an American rock band called EELS. We will be playing a show at your Royal Festival Hall on the evening of February 25th and I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend our performance. We have played the Festival Hall several times and I’ve noticed that your royal box is usually empty. I’d like to change that. We have also played your Queen Elizabeth and Royal Albert Halls. I don’t think you were at those shows either.
I recently saw the movie “The Queen” and while I know that wasn’t actually you in the film, it made me think that I would like you as a person. I’d like you to be one of the people who call me “E.” If you’re free February 25th, please come down to the show. It’s sold out, but I would be happy to put you on the guest list. I also have a new book, Things The Grandchildren Should Know, and two new compact disc and DVD collections, Meet The EELS and Useless Trinkets. I think you’d enjoy them and I’d be happy to give you complimentary copies of each, which I will even sign for you after the show.
If you’re busy, I understand. But if you can free up your calendar, we’d love to see you there. Thank you for your time, Your Majesty.
Mark Oliver Everett
How can she resist?