Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Elton's Backstage Requirements

Elton John sells out concerts in every city he visits, has eight number one hits and is even royalty. So who would expect his back stage requests be anything but outrageous?

But surprisingly enough, arena officials say his requests were actually, pretty normal.

"Hot tea! These guys are British, so you've gotta have hot tea for the crew and for Sir Elton," said Russ De Curtins, Sioux Falls Arena Executive Director.

According to a rider from a previous show, Elton John's requests things like a fresh fruit basket, absolutely no cold cuts and security getting used to the fact Elton will not be wearing a tacky backstage pass.

And, of course, the decor must be perfect. Per Sir Elton's request, locker rooms are draped with fabric and must include full living room sets, four green plants and a bouquet of flowers with no chrysanthemums, lilies, carnations, or daisies.

"These venues, these dressing room that these guys are in, are their home away from home for a few days and our goal is just to make them as comfortable as possible," stated Curtins.

But there was one special request that took the Convention Center by surprise.

"One of the requests that came in kind of late and we did have to scramble for because we weren't quite ready for it was because it's sunday and the crew will be here all day, they wanted to watch football," said Curtins.

But overall, compared to what they've seen before, Sir Elton John was easy to accommodate.

"It just shows that Sir Elton and his crew, they're down to earth. They're just normal people," said Curtins.

The Convention Center takes care of any changes that need to be made to the facilities, but they're not responsible for paying for those requests. The event promoters are the ones who pick up the bill.

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