André Rieu Pledges 700 Tons Steel from Stage Set toward Notre Dame Restoration

April 17, 2019, 12:13 PM · Popular violinist André Rieu is known for his lavish and larger-than-life stage sets; here's one thing to do with all that infrastructure, after the show is over:

"Deeply shocked by the dramatic images from Paris. We would like to provide our 700 tons of steel, used for the set of Schönbrunn Castle, to help erect the scaffold for the restoration of beautiful Notre-Dame," Rieu announced Tuesday, via Twitter.

Rieu got a lot of publicity after building that set for a 2008 tour. He nearly went bankrupt, dropping £24m to recreate a stage version of the Vienna's Schönbrunn Castle, according to The Telegraph.

"My castle was the best set ever built for an artist," Rieu told the Telegraph in 2015. "Of course, recreating a castle was completely stupid, so it was my worst financial decision but also my best, because it bought the best publicity."

When it came to the money, the bank manager allowed Rieu to "play it back."

EDITOR'S UPDATE: André Rieu has confirmed with that he intends to provide the steel for free. In an e-mail to, his publicist said that "discussions are being held. He is not going to sell it to them. He's offered to provide it as long as it is needed (without cost)."

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April 17, 2019 at 05:27 PM · Is the offer to donate it, or sell it?

April 17, 2019 at 05:29 PM · "Provide" -- donate, I think! But good skeptical question, I'll see if I can find out..

April 17, 2019 at 08:16 PM · If he didn't out and out donate, he could sell it for a small fraction, just enough to cover the shipping and handling of all that steel. I think that would be a fair option.

April 18, 2019 at 05:14 AM · The Dutch news said he offered to donate it.

April 18, 2019 at 05:14 AM · He could get it back in 5 yrs once there is no more need for scaffolding (in theory).

April 18, 2019 at 03:08 PM · To David's question: I e-mailed André Rieu's assistant, and they e-mailed back to confirm that he intends to provide the steel for free. Please see the editor's note that I added to the story, above.

April 18, 2019 at 05:11 PM · Bless him! I have liked him since he recorded a march composed by my grandfather's cousin. I have nothing bad to say about him.

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