Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Stones charge millions to play at weddings

The Rolling Stones charge £5 million to perform at weddings.The ageing rockers – made up of frontman Sir Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood - have been named the world’s most expensive wedding act, ahead of Sir Elton John and Kylie Minogue who only demand £2 million to play at nuptials. In 2002 the 'Sympathy for the Devil’ hitmakers - who refuse to perform private shows unless they are already on tour - charged the enormous sum to play a 90-minute set at a lavish party in the US. 'Candle in the Wind’ singer Elton scooped £1.5 million in 2001 after singing along to his piano for a private bash.However, the pop icon donates all earnings from private concerts to his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, rather than pocket the huge sums.In the poll - commissioned to celebrate Living TV’s 'Four Weddings’ series, which airs on Mondays in the UK - US songstress Christina Aguilera was named the fourth priciest performer at £1.5 million a show while British pop star George Michael bags £1.3 million for a private concert.Troubled 'Rehab’ starlet Amy Winehouse, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, 'X Factor’ winner Leona Lewis and US star Jennifer Lopez can each demand £1 million for a post-nuptials performance.

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