David Baddiel performs special gig with Lightning Seeds ahead of Euro final

David Baddiel has reunited with Lightning Seeds for a special performance of the Three Lions football anthem for England fans ahead of the Euro final against Germany.

At the end of the band’s performance at the Camden Palace Ballroom on Saturday, they sang the classic football song with altered lyrics to celebrate the Lionesses’ success in the tournament to date.

They were joined on stage by singer and footballer Chelcee Grimes as well as former England soccer stars Fara Williams, Anita Asante, Rachel Yankey, Faye White and Rachel Brown-Finnis to perform the special edition. .

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Singer and soccer player Chelcee Grimes joined comedian David Baddiel and rock band the Lightning Seeds (Jeff Spicer/The National Lottery/PA)

The Lionesses got the crowd in the celebratory mood ahead of their appearance in Sunday’s Women’s Euro final against Germany at Wembley Stadium.

The football song’s changing lyrics involve several players on the women’s team, with one saying: “But now I see / Ellen White standing tall / Russo is ready to score / Stanway belts the back of the ball / And Beth Mead is screaming. “

Comedian Frank Skinner, who recorded the 1996 hit with Baddiel and rock band Lightning Seeds, was unable to join the group on stage on Saturday due to unforeseen circumstances but was cheered on from the sidelines.

“I was very upset not being there, but Chelcee and the Lions legends did an incredible job on stage with Dave and the Lightning Seeds,” said Skinner.

“All we need now is a win in the final. Come on England! “

Singer-songwriter Grimes, who has played for several teams including Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, fills in the name Skinner.

She said: “It has been a great buzz to be a part of this unique National Lottery show and sing our hearts out in support of the Lionesses.

“The unique performance of this popular fan song is something I will never forget. I never thought I would be on stage with my heroes.”

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Former England football stars put the audience in a celebratory mood (Jeff Spicer / National Lottery / PA)

Comedian Baddiel added: “The National Lottery performance was a lot of fun. There was a great atmosphere in the venue and although we miss Frank, Chelcee did a hard job in his place.

“I hope we made England proud and wish them luck for the final.”

This special event is part of the third year of The National Lottery’s Revive Live series, providing ongoing support for grassroots live music in partnership with the Music Venue Trust.

The show also celebrates that thanks to National Lottery players, more than £50 million in lottery funding has been invested in football in ways that directly benefit women’s and children’s games. girl.

This includes support for female players on the path to achievement including current members of the England squad such as Lucy Bronze, Jill Scott and Ellen White.

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