Saturday, July 11, 2015
Elton Cooked Burgers at Live Aid, Gives More Advice to Ed Sheeran
The Rocket Man hitmaker showcased his barbecue skills backstage before he played at the legendary charity concert in London in 1985.
According to one reporter at the show, Spencer Bright, the acts were queuing up to get their hands on his snacks.
He said: "Elton John liked his creature comforts and sent his own mobile- home to change in. Just in case the catering wasn't up to scratch, he brought his own grill and was seen flipping burgers for David Bowie and Freddie Mercury."
Despite the vast number of global superstars named on the bill, there were just six dressing rooms available, which each act only had access to for a limited amount of time.
Spencer added to the Daily Mail newspaper: "The dressing rooms were not quite what most stars were used to -- six shabby mobile cabins with peeling lino and doors that didn't lock.
"A hand-written timetable pinned on each door gave the names of the artists and the times they were allowed in -- half an hour before and half an hour after their sets."
Elton arrived at Wembley Stadium in presenter Noel Edmonds' helicopter with a host of other stars - but took care when getting out of the aircraft in case his hairpiece was 'whisked away'.
Spencer revealed: "Noel Edmonds piloted some stars to Wembley in his own helicopter.
"He was warned that when he landed the rotors had to completely stop before Elton John disembarked, in case the down-draught whisked away the singer's toupee."
Elton, who still regularly performs live, continues to travel by helicopter.
Singer Ed Sheeran has revealed that Sir Elton John offered him some words of advice ahead of his Wembley Stadium gigs.
Sheeran, 23 - who kicks off the three night residency tonight - said that the Rocket Man singer told him about the "worst decision" he made when he played the iconic venue.
Speaking to Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on the Capital London Breakfast Show Sheeran said: "I’m going to namedrop for one second – I just got a phone call in the car from Elton John who was talking about the gig [tonight], and he was like ‘How are you feeling about it?’ and I was like ‘I’m quite nervous, when was your first stadium?’
"He said ‘My first stadium was Wembley Stadium, and the Beach Boys were my opening act, and I decided not to play any hits and play a whole new album that nobody had ever heard and it was probably the worst decision’. So yeah, he did it, I’m not going to do it."
- Evening Standard