John Legend’s no diva

2012-07-28 19:23

Linkin Park are said to demand 124 towels of specific colours, hung on twinkling racks of metal and gold; Lady Gaga likes her room to be 32 °C and stocked with pureed baby food; Nicki Minaj will only drink Martinelli’s apple juice with six iced and six at room temperature.

While these musicians’ backstage riders are a far cry from Mariah Carey’s infamous all-white dressing room and J.Lo’s bejewelled toiled seat, they are sure to keep South African concert organisers up at night.

But someone who is having a fairly easy time is event organiser Melanie Ramjee, who is putting together R&B crooner John Legend’s exclusive one-night only show in Sandton on August 10.

“He’s a simple and easy guy to work with,” says the publicist.

Legend’s most eccentric demand is three long-stemmed red roses. Far from demanding the near-impossible such as Madonna’s 25 cases of Kabbalah water, Legend also wants six white wash cloths, a full length mirror, 20 white towels, 12 black hand towels, a fruit tray, Fiji water and Altoid brand mints.

Ramjee said: “It is always a pleasure to work with him. Other artists tend to ask for foreign products. And some ask for girls, but John has a girlfriend and didn’t ask for that. Best of all, the products he wants are available in South Africa.”

Those who will be catering for Minaj, on the other hand, will have to make sure the rapper – who hinted on Twitter that she’ll be visiting SA in November – also gets her 12-piece bucket of spicy fried chicken with “lots of wings,” and “no thighs” in her list.

As for pop teen sensation Justin Bieber, who is rumoured to be heading for South Africa too, free items of clothing make his list: plain white T-shirts and three packages of low-rise socks.

Such bland, ordinary-people requests make one wish for those diva days when big name stars demanded particularly coloured M&M’s and white doves.

» There are 4 000 tickets available for Legend’s show, from R900 to R1 400 at Computicket. Special packages cost R1 750 

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