A Sheffield hotel is going all rock n roll. Or maybe not, says our columnist Colin Drury...
The word on the street (ie. it says in this press release) is that the new Hampton by Hilton hotel, in West Bar, is to produce an advertising video where staff sing along to Hot Stuff by Donna Summer.
Safe to stay they’ll be seen dancing about and generally having more fun than a guest who’s got room service and the mini bar on expenses.
But will they be getting any ‘local celebs’ in to help with the promo, this column wonders? Will council leader Julie Dore be invited down for a warble?
After all, singing a version of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day for the Mercure never did her predecessor Paul Scriven any harm, did it? Unless, that is, it was more than just a coincidence he lost the council and then his council seat shortly after the excruciating performance.
NOT QUITE KEITH
While the Hampton was on the phone, manager Peter Hendry also mentioned the stay-over had become Sheffield’s most rock n roll hotel.
Who’s been staying there? we asked excitedly. The Vamps, he replied.
Not quite Keith Richards, is it?
NOT SO ROCK N ROLL
In fact, this writer finds it difficult to think about rock stars staying in Sheffield hotels without chuckling about the experience of Wishbone Ash, back in 1978.
The band may have been beloved by fans who packed out the City Hall that year but managers at The Hallam Tower Hotel, in Broomhill, were less enamoured. The group were kicked out for bad behaviour.
Their crime? To refuse to leave the restaurant just because they were wearing jeans and sweaters.