” We’re not groupies. We’re BandAids.” – Almost Famous
Ever since 1991 (at my 2nd George Michael concert) when Sir Elton John rocked up on stage with George to duet on ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ I became a bit of an Elton fan.
My childhood memory of Elton John was of my mum playing all his sad songs, but as I got older I realised he was actually quite brilliant! So when I was told that we were going to be working on an Elton John charity concert I nearly combusted with excitement, it was like a little dream come true.
The concert was at Wembley Arena for Peace One Day. When we had finished working with the press for the day we were able to stand at the side of the stage and enjoy the rest of the concert. I’ve been backstage at lots of concerts but this felt different – as Elton played Tiny Dancer I felt like I was in my favourite movie – Almost Famous. I shouted over the music to Emma – “This is like being a real life Band Aid!”
If you haven’t seen the movie (then you must), Band Aids are what the groupies in the movie prefer to call themselves. You can view the clip here – Almost Famous
When you work on these kind of events, you meet a lot of strangers that you immediately feel you’ve known for years, mainly because you spend so many hours together and are working closely on such a big thing. Everyone just buzzes with adrenalin (must be the music!) and even if you never meet those people again, for that one day it’s like being part of one big happy (but busy) family.
Having worked in the music industry for years I’ve met a lot of people that are very blasé about it all but this experience reminded me that I will never be blasé and I never really want to be. I felt very lucky to be part of it and if someone had told me at that concert in 1991 that the next time I saw Elton sing ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go down on me’ I would be watching from back stage, inadvertandly working for the man himself I would have been jumping for joy. Infact, I actually was!