Friday, 7 December 2007

Captain Not Always Quite So Fantastic

It's all harks back to the past today, but after the stupid people toilets we suffered in order to see Led Zeppelin live in 1979, then there was the time I slept while Elton John performed.

No, I bet Sir Reginald won't be boasting about that to his friends. I was reminded, of course, because Elton John is coming to this island and the fuss that Tenerife is making about it is, it must be said, quite hilarious.

Sure, he has a title and he's a big star, but ... Well, no I'm not going to say he's a "has been" because he's not that much older than me and I would like to think I could still hold my own (if I were to practice, the note I hold might even be the one I was aiming for too), but he's hardly this year's latest thing either.

And, even when he was, well ... I'm one of those who can fail to be impressed.

Hard to believe it was over 32 years ago, on June 21st, 1975, at the Mid-Summer Music Festival, Wembley Stadium, London, when I nodded off on the pitch during Elton John's performance of boring unfamiliar material.

At least that is the diplomatic way that this report put it:

"It was the debut of the new Elton John Band and the entire Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy album. It is played, in its original running order. Press reports indicate this was not a wise choice since the audience was not familiar with the material and many walk out during the set. The live performance of the album was planned to be released on the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy, on September 13th 2005. DJ, Johnnie Walker serves as master of ceremonies. Elton headlines the show. Also on the bill for this show: Beach Boys, Rufus, The Eagles, Joe Walsh and Stackridge."

"Ain't Nobody" else had heard of them then, but I only went to see Rufus.

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