Over on The Scoop right now, you can read probably the strangest Greenwich Council story I’ve ever come across – the mystery of who offered to pay Bryan Ferry £60,000 to perform at the Dome.
One of Boris Johnson’s aides, marketing director Dan Ritterband, made the claim at a London Assembly scrutiny meeting last week.
The Roxy Music frontman was due to be paid £60,000 to perform at the opening of a sports industry conference at the Indigo2 venue. Under questioning from the assembly, he said the mayoralty wasn’t paying foe the show, and Greenwich had agreed to pay all or some of the money.
“Potentially, the people of Greenwich might have something to say about that,” he said.
“More fool them,” a voice chipped in.
But Greenwich Council’s vehemently denying it – and says the contract states the GLA was due to pay the money. It’s an odd yarn, and one that may develop. And it’s given me Slave To Love as an earworm for days.
You can read it at The Scoop now.