Elton demanded a humble plate of fish and chips prior to his triumphant Liverpool concert at the Summer Pops, the Daily Post newspaper reported on July 30, 2002.
His request for some of Harry Ramsden‘s finest English meal was rather less luxurious than that of singer Dame Shirley Bassey, who dined on caviar during her night in the Big Top.
Although the line-up included some of the biggest names in showbusiness, their needs proved surprisingly modest.
According to Ed Jones, marketing manager for organisers CMP, the requirements of the star names at the Summer Pops were part of a trend for less ostentation in the industry.
There were no rivers of champagne . Instead, beers, wines, and spirits were the order of the day – and in some cases, no alcohol at all.
Elton arrived in dramatic style by Sikorsky helicopter at the adjoining Queen’s Dock site, for the connecting quarter-mile limousine ride to the backstage area.
But his choice of transport was more for practical than ostentatious reasons. Elton, who based himself at his London home for his UK summer gigs, found a helicopter service was the best way of ensuring both home comforts and a prompt start-time.