“Lots of farewells left”: tour director Elton John

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Lots of goodbye left ‘: Elton John tour manager. Video / ODT

DC Parmet is not kidding when he says he has developed hostage negotiation skills and “cat” reflexes during his career.

Turns out they’re needed when you’re Sir Elton John’s tour director.

Parmet has persevered through numerous canceled flights, hotel complaints, weather issues and lost luggage and says these skills have served him well in some very difficult situations.

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His negotiation skills no doubt come in handy with last second bookings and he says his chat reflexes are helpful in making sure “the boss” has what he needs before he even asks for it.

A lot of it is anticipation. If he wants Perrier in the locker room or if he wants Gray Poupon mustard, we take care of him so that his only concern is to go out and have fun. ”

In case readers are wondering, the Perrier and Gray Poupon are just examples; what Sir Elton actually likes about his dressing room is ‘top secret’.

Parmet has spent over 30 years managing and representing renowned artists and musical groups including Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Tina Turner, Soundgarden and Janet Jackson.

Having managed Elton John's concert tours for the past 20 years, DC Tour Director Parmet continues to make sure everything is in order for every show.  Photo / Gregor Richardson / Otago Daily Times
Having managed Elton John’s concert tours for the past 20 years, DC Tour Director Parmet continues to make sure everything is in order for every show. Photo / Gregor Richardson / Otago Daily Times

But by far he worked with Sir Elton the longest.

The memory of how he first met Sir Elton still makes him laugh to this day, he says.

He had been a fan of Sir Elton since he was a child.

” The first album I ever had was Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and I had all the tapes, I had the CDs … whatever came out, I bought it, because I was a huge fan. of Elton.

“ He was one of the artists who really shaped my musical tastes. ”

Parmet’s first meeting with Sir Elton was when he was his tour accountant.

Of course, I was nervous. I mean, it’s Elton John, come on.

“I must have had a look of pure terror on my face, because he patted my cheek and said, ‘No wonder you look so nervous, my dear boy, you are the accountant.’

“ I could have used those feline reflexes back then. ”

Parmet says it broke the ice and a 23-year relationship has started.

Although Parmet says he is sad that this is Sir Elton’s last tour, there is still plenty of time to say goodbye to him.

“We are only present 168 out of 300. So we have a lot of goodbyes left.

“But I’m sure once we get that final program we’ll have this lump in our throats and a tear in our eyes.”

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