It is probably fair to say that former England cricketers and contemporary pop stars don’t tend to mingle in similar circles, which makes it even more bizarre that Geoffrey Boycott was recently invited backstage at a Katy Perry concert.
The former international cricketer made his admiration of the singer’s work clear a couple of years ago, and has now finally fulfilled his wish to meet the star.
Last Tuesday – not Friday – night, Boycott was in attendance for a Perry gig in Manchester and a 10-minute introduction was provided prior to the California girl taking to the stage.
Far from discussing sticks of rhubarb, the defensive-minded batsman must have been in a completely different world, meeting the icon in her element just before a show.
Fireworks had been flying long before this meeting, when the Yorkshireman expressed his interest in her music via BBC’s Test Match Special.
Speaking on the show in 2011, Boycott revealed: “I like that Katy Perry. She’s nice, her. She’s tops for me. She just has something about her voice – it’s good and strong.”
Boycott never thought he’d actually get the opportunity to meet this idol of his, but must have felt as though he was waking up in Vegas when the chance came around to meet Perry.
The Test Match Special regular was joined at the concert by his family, who were also invited backstage with him. Boycott and Perry were then photographed together.
Perry had already gone through make-up before greeting the cricket commentator half an hour before her concert began.
For Boycott, it was the first music show that he had ever attended.
The 73-year-old may not the biggest fan of some England cricketers when they start to blow hot and cold, but he is a permanent fan of the singer, whose songs he knows a lot of the words to.
BBC Radio 1 DJ, Greg James, last year recorded a message for the procurer of 22 Test centuries from the singer herself. In the brief memo, Perry expressed her desire to be taken on a tour of the Yorkshire countryside.
Unfortunately, the pair were the wrong side of the Pennines for that to happen on this occasion.
As an alternative, Boycott stayed for the show, which he thoroughly enjoyed. The singer’s show incorporates a lot of lights, costumes and camaraderie that were greatly appreciated by the retired cricketer.
Speaking on Test Match Special once again, he talked to Phil Tufnell and Jonathan Agnew about the entire experience, explaining that the show is not to be missed.
Boycott addressed any like-minded listeners considering going to see her live, and said: “If anybody’s going to one of her shows, you’re not going to be disappointed.”
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