LIONEL Richie says he wasnâ€™t Dancing on the Ceiling after his Glastonbury performance â€“ he was hanging from it after a 12-hour after-party saw him â€œragingâ€ until 5am on Monday morning.
Which is pretty good going, given heâ€™s 66.
The Hello singer drew Glastonburyâ€™s biggest crowd, an estimated 100,000, to his set at the Pyramid stage, so he had to throw a wild party to celebrate.
â€œWe were drinking champagne like you hadnâ€™t drunk it before,â€ he says, admitting he started by downing a vodka and cranberry juice on stage during his 4pm set.
â€œI wanted to celebrate. This is a master occasion. They said, â€˜Down it Lionelâ€™, so I gave them what they want.â€
Of the bash at his hotel in London, he adds: â€œIt was just a continuation. Every once in a while you have to just let it go.
â€œAs I say to my kids, some days itâ€™s do as I say, not as I do.
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â€œWe were Âcelebrating until the wee hours of the morning. It was about 4.30/5am, I went to bed.
â€œWe were raging. The days of dancing on the ceiling are over â€“ I was hanging off the ceiling after that performance.â€
The ex Commodores star says his energetic set was on doctorâ€™s orders. He was told to â€œget lots of exerciseâ€ after a hip replacement.
But even fit-as-a-fiddle Lionel couldnâ€™t ward off selfie-hungry fans, who hounded him off the site.
â€œI had to do a hasty retreat. I instantly became the selfie face of choice. Everybody that had a cell phone was showing up.
â€œI had to say, â€˜Itâ€™s time to go, guysâ€™.
â€œIt was a full-on assault from the audience then an attack from the rear in the dressing rooms.â€
But he did meet the Dalai Lama. â€œIt was a brief encounter, but he said, â€˜Iâ€™d love to spend more time together.â€™ I said, â€˜Of course, weâ€™ll make that happenâ€™.â€
Lionel had packed well for Glasto. â€œI brought wellies, wading boots, half way up the thigh, and waist wading for fly fishing.
â€œI wasnâ€™t sure how deep the mud was going to be. I brought rope in case I needed to be pulled out.â€ – Mirror