“You can’t always get what you want”, sang the Stones. You can if you’ve got £3.5m handy

If you’re planning a party and you’ve set aside £3.5 million to book a band, the Rolling Stones might just be available …


According to a new book by Imogen Edward-Jones, Pop Babylon, the Stones charge more for private gigs than any other artist. Her research for the book revealed that the band demand a staggering £3.5 million for each private performance.


The figure dwarfs the sums being paid to other artists. Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart and Amy Winehouse are said to command up to £1 million for a private concert, while Janet Jackson and the Pussycat Dolls charge around £500,000 per show.


If you’re on a tight budget, you might be able to get Sting or the Sugababes for around £250,000, while Girls Aloud reportedly charge £200,000 to play at private parties.


“Even old favourites such as Rick Astley and the Human League have dusted themselves off and are available for weddings and bar mitzvahs,” said Pop Babylon author Imogen Edward-Jones. “So no matter how big or small your budget, there appears to be a band to suit you.”


Anybody got a phone number for The Wurzels?


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