Years ago, I was a massive fan of Elton John. I well remember being part of the 80,000 crowd at the old Wembley Stadium on a blistering hot June 21st 1975 where Elton John topped a bill which included Chaka Khan, The Eagles and The Beach Boys.
So it was with some sadness that I watched Elton’s New Year’s Eve party last night from the O2 Centre in Docklands. All the classic hits, yes, but sung in a hoarse, rasping voice. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was interesting – the band sang the falsetto notes while Elton dropped an octave and took a lower harmony part.
And when the camera shot from behind the piano out into the auditorium, I could have sworn that next to the foldback speakers I saw an autocue monitor displaying the lyrics for him.
I really hope not – I want to remember Elton John as one of the best performers this country has ever turned out.