A load of old trash. Not, though, because Funeral for a Friend and Love Lies Bleeding are in themselves unsavoury — quite the opposite, in fact — but because they always conjure up memories of the halcyon summer of when I spent the holidays working as a dustman for Egham District Council. Back then, in the days before wheelie bins, dustmen used to have to walk round to the back of houses and — please try to stay with me on this one — pick up heavy iron dustbins, lug them back to the refuse truck, empty them and then carry them back whence they came. Not much fun, you might correctly think, except when your patch included the exclusive Wentworth estate and when one of those backyards belonged to Elton John himself.
Elton John was forced to prematurely halt an Australian concert due to a sudden downpour of rain and hail. The onslaught occurred roughly 95 minutes into his set today at Rochford Wines in Yarra Valley, causing damage to instruments onstage. The singer was performing his song "Funeral for a Friend" when the bad weather struck. Fan-shot video below shows the song's premature end, along with John being helped offstage. The concert's organizers acknowledged the situation in a statement, confirming that John's next show at the venue — tomorrow as part of the "A Day on the Green" series -- will continue as scheduled.
Culling the best Elton John songs from his extensive catalog feels like folly in a way. John has won a full slate of music awards, and his charitable work, particular in support of AIDS awareness and research, has been exemplary. And while he stands and will be remembered as one of the most successful pop stars of all time, what will endure are the songs themselves -- including these 20 best Elton John songs from his extensive catalog. There are many strains of John's previous balladry in this lush entry from the "Billy Elliot" musical, but the familiarity breeds anything but contempt as John makes us all feel like we can be "flying like a bird. The subject matter, about a troubled relationship, is a little dark, but is mitigated by an ebullient, finger-snapping performance that modulates to another octave at the end. That's Pete Townshend playing acoustic guitar, by the way. It's mushy and a little maudlin -- but it's great, too, a dynamic gem that unfolds and builds to epic, horn-drenched proportions over its five and a half minutes.
The show has never been made available digitally and it will only be online for 72 hours. Elton has been a solo artist since , but here, you got the sense that he was trying to impress his collaborator, and this mid-tempo blues rocker is the highlight of the LP. But as an older man, he had a bit more gravitas, and that helped to make this live version of the song the definitive one. The orchestration here is better than it was on the original as well. The lyrics here were a bit more somber, even as the song was upbeat: a guy ruminates on a woman who left him, while reminiscing on the fun they had while drinking the wine that gives the song its name. The narrator resigns him or herself to the inevitable end of a relationship. For now, s he just wants some peace, and maybe to go to sleep. Taupin wrote the lyrics shortly after the death of Freddie Mercury. But musically, the biggest influence on the song was the Beach Boys.