Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN -

Mad­ness and their trade­mark One Step Be­yond pose per­formed on the Palace roof be­cause El­ton John and Paul McCart­ney had taken up stage space with their pi­anos.

Suggs said: “As some­one pointed out, the first man to play on the roof was, yes, Brian May – so that brought me down to earth. I suf­fer from ver­tigo but I just about man­aged to hold it all to­gether.”

The star, a die-hard Chelsea fan, was in­tro­duced to Her Majesty. He re­called: “I asked her if she was into foot­ball. ‘No, not es­pe­cially,’ she said. So I said, ‘Well, can I have your Cup Fi­nal tick­ets then?’

“She didn’t miss a beat. ‘That’s a Tommy Cooper joke,’ she said. And she was right. She’s sharp as a tack.”

Suggs rep­re­sented his coun­try again soon af­ter when Mad­ness per­formed Our House at the Olympics clos­ing cer­e­mony. He said: “There I was on the back of a truck some­where in the East End. On the truck in front were The Who. On the right were some spotty Her­berts called One Di­rec­tion. On the left, the Pet Shop Boys were rid­ing bi­cy­cles with traf­fic cones on their head.

“And be­hind, the Spice Girls were do­ing vo­cal warm-ups un­til Pete Town­shend called out, ‘Some­one throw them a f***ing fish!’ Then we’re in a sta­dium with 70,000 peo­ple and two bil­lion watch­ing world­wide. The bass, the brass, the strings of Our House strike up – then it’s my turn. And I for­get the first line.

“For­tu­nately, the crowd were singing so I pointed the mic at them. Bizarre.”

And the big gigs keep com­ing. Af­ter his one-man show fin­ishes, there’s a Mad­ness tour be­fore Christ­mas and the band’s 40th an­niver­sary next year.

The star ad­mit­ted: “Who’d have thought it would go on this long? I know how lucky I’ve been.”

■■Suggs is on tour from Oc­to­ber 15 to Novem­ber 7. De­tails from Tick­et­mas­ter

NUTTY BOY Le­gions of fans count Suggs as their pop king BE­YOND COM­PARE GREY DAY Fans rapped Suggs for mock­ing May’s hair ATOP OF THE POPS Suggs and Mad­ness on Palace roof OUR BUCK HOUSE Band’s Di­a­mond Jubilee high­light HER MADNESSTY Suggs meets Queen at Jubilee gig

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