Despite being the only act as yet unknown to the British public, André Rieu has in fact the largest entourage The Royal Variety Show has ever seen. Accompanied by over 100 people – including eight bodyguards, five dressers, two stylists, three make-up artists, two musical directors, three press officers, four tour managers, two piano tuners, countless assistants and 50 orchestra members, André Rieu flew in by private jet to bring his incredible production to the Opera House Theatre in Blackpool.
The international superstar also employs a separate, full-time security man, whose job it is only to guard Rieu’s 1662 Stradivarius violin – the most valuable violin in the world – 24 hours a day. Even during the night, the instrument never leaves his hand, and from the moment André Rieu leaves his 15th-century castle in the Netherlands both his own bodyguard and his violinguard do not leave his side.
Appearing on the bill alongside the likes of Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Mika, Katherine Jenkins and Alexandra Burke who could have guessed that a violinist who plays the music of Johann Strauss would have a larger entourage and more security than any other performer present?
A musical phenomenon, André Rieu is unlike anything else in the entertainment world. His popularity has already been proved internationally, having created a global revival in waltz music with his spectacular extravaganzas. Rieu has now sold over 30 million discs, gone Platinum 243 times and is now the biggest solo male touring artist in the world, more successful than Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and AC/DC.
All will be revealed at The Royal Variety Performance as André Rieu – with his onstage charisma and rock-star demeanour – and his orchestra work their magic on stage. Will The King of the Waltz sweep Her Majesty The Queen off her feet?