Elton John 7/21/22

Elton John promises that his ongoing “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will indeed be his last road trek — but not necessarily his retirement from music. The “Rocket Man” told Music Week, “I can tell you now that this is it. I will not be devoid of music but as far as schlepping around the world doing shows, I don’t want to do it anymore. I’ve done it since I was 17.”

Regarding the British music charts representing the past, present and future, Elton said, “It’s lovely to see Kate Bush at Number One, but there’s not many good records in the Top 20. And the albums chart is full of things like me, ABBA and Queen. The odd thing comes through, like Sam Fender or Harry Styles, or you get a new artist coming in at Number Three and then disappearing to 80-something. It’s depressing – there are a lot of good albums that deserve to be in the albums chart. . . What I want to know is why aren’t they there? Because of people like me!”

Elton John’s musical director and longtime guitarist, Davey Johnstone, told us that before quitting the road for good, Elton has long been considering fitting in a few rarities gigs for the die-hard fans. Johnstone explained that what the uber-fans want is different from what the vast majority of concert-goers are paying to see: [“Maybe, let’s say, 10 percent hardcore fans who think that the tour should be deep cuts and stuff we never heard. But, y’see that’s so unrealistic, because as much as I love playin’ these songs and listening to them, it’s not what your average guy wants.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . average guy wants)

Elton John will next perform on July 23rd and 24th at East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium

TL: DR

  • Elton John told Music Week: “As far as schlepping around the world doing shows, I don’t want to do it anymore. I’ve done it since I was 17.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Recently released is the 50th anniversary edition of Elton John‘s fourth studio album, 1971’s Madman Across The Water. The Super Deluxe box set features three-CD’s and one-Blu-ray disc, along with a 1971 reproduction poster and 104-page book including photos and an essay with interviews with those who helped make the album — as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive.
  • There are 18 previously unreleased tracks across the Super Deluxe triple-CD/Blu-ray box set, which also contains rare, restored material from the era, piano demos of the album, and the audio of the BBC Sounds For Saturday concert, broadcast in 1972.
  • Highlights on the Madman Across The Water album include the iconic title track, “Tiny Dancer,” “Levon,” “Indian Sunset,” and “Holiday Inn.”
  • The album peaked at Number Eight and spent a solid month in the Billboard Top 10.