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Old 24th Jan 2018, 17:59
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Sir Elton hangs up his microphone

So after 50+ years of performing he's finally calling it a day as regards live tours. I for one wish him the best of health for the future for a well deserved rest.

https://news.sky.com/story/sir-elton...rming-11220768
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Old 24th Jan 2018, 18:02
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Saw him live a couple of times back in the early 70s. He was brilliant then, and still is!!
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Old 24th Jan 2018, 19:00
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Microphone or toupee ?

I quite like much of his earlier music, but too much of a diva for my taste.
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He and Neil Diamond in successive days. The old guard is moving on.
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Old 24th Jan 2018, 20:12
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But first he's going to do a 3 year 300 date tour!
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One of those IMHO who was brilliant at first and gradually went downhill. His earlier stuff was his best.
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Old 24th Jan 2018, 20:22
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He was brilliant in the 70’s 80’s and maybe 90’s. But should have packed up yesrs ago.
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But first he's going to do a 3 year 300 date tour!
Ah, indeed...Sir Elton has got a bit of form/previous in this area

In 2014 we got to see him perform at an outdoor concert in southern France. Half way through that particular gig and between numbers he announced to the audience that due to wanting to spend more time with his family that tour was indeed going to be his last. Of course lots of “ooohs” and “aaahs” from the crowd but I later gathered from those who were regular attendees at his concerts that he was in the habit of making such an announcement at concerts on a frequent basis.....report on that announcement here:

Elton John Is Not Retiring

One of today’s reports, also mentioning previous retirements:

https://www.straight.com/music/10236...-again-touring

It should be noted that this isn’t the first time that John has announced his retirement from touring. In 1977 he announced, “I’ve made a decision tonight that this is going to be the last show. There’s a lot more to me than playing on the road and this is the last one I’m going to do.” That retirement from the road lasted a grand total of two years.

Anyhow just in case time really has caught up with him and he means it I have to agree with AO, and whilst I’m not a fan of his later work he still is a heck of a showman and we had a great night out...get tickets if you can.

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Talking Sir Reginald

My mother, born in 1920 in Portsmouth, Virginia, spent her last years in the Peachtree Towers, a luxurious condominium in Atlanta, Georgia. The two towers had twenty-some stories; each floor featured two 4,000 sq. ft. residences. Mother's unit on the fourth floor suited her just right - she said it was like living in a tree house!

She called me one night to tell me that she had just met her new fourth-floor neighbor. In her honeyed tidewater accent she said: "Edwood, Ah have jus' met the most dee-lightful man. He and his boyfriend have jus' moved in across the hall and they invited me ovah for some Courvoisier and hors d'oeuvres. Their place is a palace and one of the men is named Reginald Dwight." As I spat out my drink and struggled not to swallow my tongue, I replied: "Mother, do you have any idea who you've just met?" "No, son." "That's Elton John!" "Who's that?", she rejoined. Guy Lombardo and Tommy Dorsey smiled and spun in their respective graves...

And so it came to pass that Reggie, David, and my mother became best of friends (and drinking buddies)!

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Originally Posted by cavuman1 View Post

... And so it came to pass that Reggie, David, and my mother became best of friends (and drinking buddies)! ...

- Ed
Nice story. I once had a cup of tea in the same room as Elton. And I do mean a proper room as opposed to 'stadium'. Does that count ?!!
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At the same time?

Another vote for the early stuff...
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Brilliant story cavuman! I happened to be in Milan some years back when EJ and entourage pulled up outside the Versace store in Via della Spiga for a shopping splurge (EJ was a BIG fan of their garish silk designs). Surrounded by a baying mob of eyetalean fans shouting "Eyelton Eyelton!" I felt a surge of mischief come over me and hollered "Oi Reg alright!?" whereupon he turned round and gave me a look and then grinned and then went into the store.

His early stuff good, later stuff sounded like a TV commercial soundbite, or a film soundtrack.
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At the same time?

Another vote for the early stuff...
Yes at the same time! He was rehearsing his act in the afternoon and was led afterwards into the cafe by a young lady and they sat on their own at a small round table and she got Elton a cuppa.

He did look a bit odd sat there wearing some long flowing kaftan sort of thing and one of those hats as worn by Dr Strabismus. Very quiet and unassuming and never once pestered me for an autograph.

I was surprised that he had couple of tv sets on the floor in front of his piano with all the words of the songs scrolling along on them as he sang them. I guess when you've written that many hits you might need the odd prompt or two so no reflection on his ability.
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Diva or not - man's a deadset genius of a songwriter, and brilliant pianist. The way the British tabs have gone after him for years purely cos he's a friend of dorothy is bleedin' disgusting.
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I saw him live at Caesar’s in the early 2000’s and a few times in Italy in the 90s. His range was a bit diminished. Apparently whatever throat work he had done after the 1987 Australia tour changed something. For the pre-1987 songs I only listen to the pre-1987 recordings.
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Very quiet and unassuming and never once pestered me for an autograph.
A few times a year I have coffee with a V famous English actress who has a holiday home here. Watching the reactions of others who recognise her is funny, you can see the look of "is that?" on their faces and "who is that with her?" while taking surreptitious snaps on their phones. I have even been asked for my autograph, by association! I must be on hundreds of peoples social media posts alongside her, and thankfully nobody has a clue as to who I am.
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One of his last 300 venues will be the Montreux Jazz Festival. For less than the price of a single standing room only ticket, you can buy every song he ever recorded.

It should be called the golden brick road.
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Old 25th Jan 2018, 11:48
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ExXB's mention of the Montreux Jazz Festival and Elton John in the same breath, so to speak, suggests that a change of name for the festival is long overdue. A gathering that started with such jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett, Basie and Mingus, now includes a vast range of names from the pop industry like Elton John, Queen, Status Quo and Tom Jones.

If that's a jazz festival my sch...k's a rollmop.
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Buster, still plenty of Jazz - some of it free, most of it not.
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