FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016|
Posted by: Don Saas
Apparently, we're getting a new Elton John record next month. The classic rock legend is releasing Wonderful Crazy Night, his THIRTIETH solo album. Elton John released his first solo record, Empty Sky, in 1969 which was 47 years ago. That means he's averaged a new album every year and a half for essentially the last 50 years. That's an insane output of new music. And while not every album is a classic, Elton has more than his fair of classic records and (particularly for Elton) classic singles than almost any other performer of all time.
I got to see Elton John at Bonnaroo in 2014. It is tied with Paul McCartney (Bonnaroo 2013) for my favorite concert that I've ever been to in my entire life. The man is an endless singles machine. And he (and a girl that I was hanging out with at the show) was the impetus for what I still think is the best piece of music-related writing that I've ever done. He's got that cross-generational appeal and charm, and it's awesome that, even in his late 60s, he shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.
Elton released a single from the upcoming record today, "In the Name of You." And it's a continuation of the partnership between Elton and his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Some people scoff at musicians who don't write all of their own songs. I tell those people to f*** off. Bernie Taupin and Elton John are one of the greatest pairings in music history. They're up there with Mick and Keith, Paul and John, Eno and Bowie. Elton provides the music; Bernie provides the words, and they make magic together. "In the Name of You" is a serviceable new Elton track and I can dig it but it's nothing that's going to reinvent the wheel, but it's astonishing to see these two continuing to make new music together. It's honestly sort of inspiring.