These are photos of Elton John last week performing at the Bestival in London. Elton’s always been quite the character, and he’s learned from his own mistakes as an entertainer. He tells it exactly as he sees it. Remember last year when he called out Madonna as a “nightmare” and “a f—ing fairground stripper“? Elton really doesn’t care about burning bridges or offending anyone. Other than that general bitchery, he’s also helped out fellow musicians such as Eminem and Billy Joel during their struggles with sobriety. Now he’s telling the world what he thinks of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Elton is friends with both of these ladies, and they probably won’t like his words. Oh well:
On Lady Gaga: “I’d like to be able to talk to her right now, but I can’t get through to her. And there are times when you have to listen. When your persona begins to take over your music and becomes more important, you enter a dangerous place. Once you have people around you who don’t question you, you’re in a dangerous place.”
On Lindsay Lohan: “There was someone with a successful career and her parents completely f—ed her up. The dad was in jail and the mum was doing coke with her. Great!”
On Miley Cyrus: “I see a meltdown waiting to happen … And she’s so young! But she’s got two records in the top 20, so who is going to stop her?”
Elton can “spot a car crash before it happens”: “I was in my dressing room in Las Vegas when they announced that Michael Jackson was playing 50 dates at the O2. I turned to my agent and said: ‘He won’t do a single one of those.’ I could tell you he was going to die. He’d been doing drugs for so long, he’d been a mess for so long – and I’ve known Michael since he was 12 or 13 – that it was never going to happen. Everyone was saying it was going to be great and I was saying: ‘Hello? Are you looking at the real thing here?’”
You don’t know Sir Elton: “The secret of success is: don’t let everyone know everything. Keep some of it to yourself. It’s why I’m not a big fan of the internet. There should be some privacy, some mystique left. Even with me. All they talk about is the hair, the flowers. Actually, they don’t know me at all.”
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It sounds like Elton is miffed that Gaga won't take his calls, right? I don't really blame him -- Gaga is godparent to Elton's son, Zachary. He's probably correct about Gaga being too wrapped up in her Ziggy Stardust weirdness. I do think she'll eventually have a major freakout if ARTPOP doesn't do well.
As for Miley? Elton's called it there too. Neither of Miley's parents see her barrelling towards disaster. Tish knows where the money's coming from. Billy Ray's too busy kissing Miley's ass because he has experience with Miley deciding to stop talking to him. None of her handlers will tell Miley the truth either. Of course it's sad, but pop stars are notorious for surrounding themselves with "yes people" just so they never have to hear the word "no." I can only hope that Miley's future meltdown will not involve hard drugs.
Photos courtesy of WENN