Elton John‘s guitarist for over 50 years maintains the “Rocket Man” is indeed quitting the road — but remains unsure if he’s actually done with performing. Davey Johnstone, joined the original Elton John Band in time for the 1971 Madman Across the Water sessions and currently serves as his longtime musical director.
We caught up with Johnstone, who’s just released his second solo set, Deeper Than My Roots, and asked him if he really thinks Elton’s farewell trek is really the end of the road: [“Oh yeah. Oh yeah — we’re too bloody old! It’s not gonna happen anymore. When we finally get finished with this farewell tour, there’s no way we’re gonna do any more. There’s no way. . . it’s just that . . . ‘Cause, y’know, I just turned 70, Elton’s 74. He’s ready for a break — but again, I never say ‘never’ with him. All I know is this is a farewell to touring. This is what this ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ thing is. So, who knows what might happen? He might do something else, revue-wise, or maybe a one-man show somewhere. I have no idea.”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . have no idea)
Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” resumes on February 22nd at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
- Although Elton John‘s guitarist and bandleader Davey Johnstone maintains this is the “Rocket Man’s” final tour — he hinted that some type of residency could still be in the cards.
- Out now is Elton’s John‘s latest album, The Lockdown Sessions, featuring 16 collaborations recorded in isolation and under strict covid safety protocols during the pandemic.
- The set features team-ups with Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, Miley Cyrus, Gorillaz, Young Thug and Nicki Minaj, Brandi Carlile, Dua Lipa, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo, Chad Smith, and others.
- The album features the surprise hit “Cold Heart” — his recent Top 10 smash with Australian artist Pnau.
- The track mashes together such Elton favorites as 1972’s “Rocket Man,” 1989’s “Sacrifice,” 1983’s “Kiss The Bride,” and 1976’s “Where’s The Shoorah?”