Saturday, May 18, 2024

Elton John Says of His Tours Ending in 2023 “I Don’t Want to Schlep Anymore” Which Could Also Be Title of New Song with Bernie Taupin


Elton John was one of Clive Davis’ A list interviewees tonight on his Zoom gala for the Grammy Museum.

I haven’t even mentioned yet all stars in the ‘green room’– including Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, John Fogerty, Sam Moore, Valerie Simpson, Dionne Warwick, Berry Gordy, Carole Bayer Sager, Randy Jackson, Nikki Haskell, Aaron Neville, Martina Navritilova, Peter Asher, Josh Groban, Nile Rodgers, Gayle King, Melba Moore, Lorna Luft, Desmond Child, Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel, Rickey Minor, and so on and on.

Back to Elton. In an eloquent interview, really one of the best I’ve ever seen or heard with Elton, he talked about his farewell tour. It was supposed to end in 2022, but now Elton says because of the pandemic he’ll probably finish in 2023.

He said to Clive, “I don’t want to schlep anymore.” I thought it was the title of a new hit with Bernie Taupin! Elton has been touring since 1968. I know what he means.

Elton spoke about rap and hip hop being as important as jazz as a new music language, and why he keeps guesting on new artists’ records. He just stays eternally young. It’s very important to him to keep introducing new artists on his Apple radio show. His wise advice: “Keep your eyes open and keep listening to music you don’t understand.”

About his own music: Clive played a gorgeous orchestral video of Elton singing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”Elton said that it’s a hard song to sing, but it’s one of his favorites.

Clive asked him what it was like to make 8 hit albums in 5 years back in the 70s. Elton summed it up: “When you have the momentum it’s hard to stop.”

So glad he didn’t!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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