Sunday, March 28, 2010
How Elton Spent his Birthday
The singer and musician celebrated his 63rd birthday on Thursday in Cape Town, where he stayed in the R55000-a-night presidential suite of a top hotel.
The publicity-shy pop sensation, who this week announced plans to team up with Lady Gaga for charity, played to a packed show at Kirstenbosch Gardens on the same day.
On the eve of his birthday, John ordered 16 pizzas from a small restaurant and take-away, Ciao Amici. They proved to be a hit with the musician, and now the shop is renaming his favourite pizza - topped with rocket, mushrooms, peppers, salami, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella - "Elton's Rocket Man".
Alan Pluke, chef of the pizzeria in Bergvliet, delivered the food, which cost R1490, to John after his show on Wednesday.
"They asked Elton what he wanted for dinner, he said pizza, so his staff placed an order with us," said Barry Brooks, who owns Ciao Amici. "Apparently Elton said it was the best pizza he ever tasted."
The star clearly has a healthy appetite. Witnesses spotted him tucking into sushi and a club sandwich at the One&Only Hotel.
On Tuesday night John arrived fashionably late at a charity function hosted at the hotel's ballroom. Dressed in black, with demure spectacles and one cross-shaped diamond-encrusted earring, he was seen quaffing champagne and hobnobbing with owner Sol Kerzner.
The bash, with proceeds going to the Elton John Aids Foundation, cost R10000 a head. Guests included John's civil partner, David Furnish, singer Annie Lennox, rugby star Bryan Habana and his blonde wife Janine and former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar.
SIR ELTON JOHN spent his 63rd birthday on Thursday (25Mar10) in South Africa visiting a HIV awareness centre to see how the money from his AIDS Foundation has been spent.
The veteran musician has donated $15 million (£10 million) from his charity to help set up projects in the country, to educate youngsters about the dangerous disease and help prevent its spread.
And the Rocket Man timed this week's (beg22Mar10) visit to coincide with his birthday celebrations - spending the big day with his partner David Furnish and a group of soccer-loving teenagers at the Football for Hope Centre (FFH), set up by the Grassroots Soccer charity, just outside Cape Town.
The singer says, "Soccer stars are the most powerful role models for young people today so it's fantastic that organisations like Grassroots Soccer are harnessing that power to educate young people about HIV. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday."
- Contact Music