What price a trip with a Leg­end?

John Leg­end is the lat­est to get on the VIP band­wagon, with a ¤140k pack­age

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SUNKEN TREASURE - Shilpa Gana­tra

This week’s end-of-days omen: we’re liv­ing in an age where a pleas­ant-enough crooner can of­fer a meet and greet for the price of a semi-de­tached house.

Leav­ing Al Pa­cino and his ¤34,000 price tag for dust, John Leg­end (right) is charg­ing fans the princely sum of ¤140,000 for “an ex­clu­sive jour­ney de­signed to nour­ish your mind, body and soul”, or as oth­ers might de­scribe it, “a money-spin­ner de­signed to clean out bank ac­counts”.

This V-times-infinity-IP tour of New York, Paris, Lon­don and Italy with Leg­end be­gins on a pri­vate jet of rich ma­hogany, where fans will be given cock­tails, haute cui­sine and, pre­sum­ably, Leg­end singing them softly to sleep with lul­la­bies.

In New York, they’ll take a sun­set cruise on a lux­ury Feretti yacht, meet famed chef Mar­cus Sa­muels­son, and enjoy a Sotheby’s pri­vate event where a cu­rated se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary paint­ings are matched with vin­tage wines. In bonne Paris, they’ll enjoy an elu­sive “cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence” at jew­ellers Van Cleef & Ar­pels be­fore delv­ing into fash­ion with vis­its to the Louis Vuit­ton Foun­da­tion and Valentino’s ate­lier.

The next stop is Lon­don, where the op­u­lence lev­els go into over­drive, lit­er­ally. Ar­riv­ing by he­li­copter to Hase­ley Court, As­ton Martin’s chief de­signer hosts a day of be­hind-the-scenes insight, in­clud­ing a wee drive of the new As­ton Martin DB11 and lunch with chef Tom Aikens, fol­lowed by rare tour of Nor­man Foster’s ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice, which could be de­scribed as an ex­pe­ri­ence money can’t buy – ex­cept it can.

High­lights of Italy in­clude a spe­cial per­for­mance of the play

Love Let­ters fea­tur­ing Billy Zane and Marisa Tomei (yes, really). The tour ends with a spe­cial per­for­mance by the Leg­end him­self, af­ter which the pa­trons will re­turn to their pre­sum­ably in­sane lives, and the singer will laugh all the way to the bank. A ¤150 meet-and-greet with Jed­ward won’t seem quite so of­fen­sive again.

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