Madonna’s Piper Set for World Tour
The piper who played at the Highland christening of Madonna‘s son Rocco has been invited to accompany the queen of pop on her forthcoming world tour, it emerged tonight.
Calum “Spud” Fraser said he thought it was a “wind-up” when the superstar?s agent got in touch and asked him to join the five-month four-continent trip.
The Tartan Army piper, who lives in the Scottish Highlands, is now set to be whisked off to New York in the next month for rehearsals.
But when I rang the number I was talking to this girl in Long Beach, California. She asked if could I do it and I said: ‘Yes, why not’“.
The 37-year-old, from Grantown-on-Spey, first played for Madonna when she arrived at Inverness Airport in 2000 for her wedding to film director Guy Ritchie.
Dressed in full regalia, he stood on the Tarmac and piped his version of the singer’s famous song, Like A Virgin.
She was so impressed he was also asked to play at the christening of the couple’s son, Rocco, at Dornoch Cathedral.
The piper, whose biggest audience has been 2,000 people at Glasgow Barrowland, said he was not nervous about playing in front of much bigger crowds.
He is even preparing a special bagpipe version of his all-time favourite Madonna song, Papa Don’t Preach.
“It will be amazing playing on front of such huge crowds”, he said. “It will be the experience of a lifetime but I?m well up for it. It’s a bit of a sore point with my fiancee as Madonna is one of the most famous women in the world but she’s behind me 100%”.
Article by Jude Sheerin