The piano man from across the pond is going to be performing in San Diego July 24th. At 63, Sir Elton isn’t slowing down.
In 1964, Elton John and his friends formed a band called Bluesology. They played backup for touring American soul and R&B artists like The Isley Brothers, Major Lance and Patti LaBelle.
John’s first American concert took place at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, with his introduction provided by Neil Diamond.
Following in Jerry Lee Lewis’ exuberant style of showmanship, including kicking over the piano bench, Elton added his own touches to his shows – like performing handstands on the keyboards! His performances would leave the critics raving.
In 1976, John decided to focus his energies on running a soccer team he had purchased, the Watford Football Club, so he retired from the music business. Around the same time, he publicly admitted his bisexuality. The ensuing controversy took its toll on John personally and professionally. He slowly fell into a spiral of depression and drug use.
In the early 1990’s, after undergoing treatment for alcoholism, drug abuse, and bulimia, he resumed his music career. And what a career it has been. John has sold more than 250 million records – making him one of the most successful artists of all time.
Watch Elton rockin’ Central Park in 1980 with Bennie and the Jets.