The following was originally posted in the 90's, but still passes the test of time...
Anyone who knows anything about
me knows that I live and breathe Elton John. I used to think I was
the biggest Elton John "fan" around. Today, I must
admit that the word "fan" belongs to another me, another generation.
Today, I wouldn't even consider many of the Elton related things I did
back in the 70's, like:
I haven't done that stuff in decades.
What I have now is more like the way I feel about my family. They've
always been there with support and love and I can't imagine life without
them. To me that's as good as it gets. Of course it helps to get a "perk" every once in a while too. Click on the picture (left) to see one of those perks.
Making a fur-armed jean jacket with
a liquid embroidery emblem on the back that proudly stated "Elton John
Superstar". My mom was terrified that I would get roughed up if I ever
wore it out of the house. Click the picture (right) to see the model for my madness. Actual size is about 2 feet by 3 feet.
Painting the Captain Fantastic logo
on the side of my car.
Writing a screenplay based on the
album "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player". You'd be surprised
at how all of the songs relate to each other.
Jumping on stage at The (old) Spectrum
in Philadelphia and sitting down next to EJ at his piano. Don't worry,
I timed it so I got there in between songs. By the way, patting him
on the shoulder, I cut myself on one of the sequins on his Red, White &
Blue jacket. If anyone has any photos of this blessed event on July 7th
Jumping on stage at Madison Square
Garden, August 11th that same year.
Quitting my restaurant job because I couldn't
get the day off to drive 600 miles to Buffalo to see Elton in concert.
Turns out the car died on the way and I never made it.
Dressing up like the Pinball Wizard
and putting on an impromptu "lip-synch" concert for the cafeteria at college.
This included nailing 6 inches of wood to the bottom of my work boots and
gluing a big ball of aluminum foil to my ski cap.
Sneaking backstage at The Bottom Line
in NYC to meet Leslie Duncan. (she wrote and sang on the "Tumbleweed Connection"
song "Love Song") I was rewarded for my efforts with a kiss.
Forging press credentials so I could
get into the Los Angeles Aztec's (soccer) locker room after their game
with Philly on a hunch that Elton (part owner at the time) would be there.
Naming my daughter "Chloe" after the
song on "The Fox" album. My son, who was born 5 years later got off
easy. His middle name is Daniel.
So too with this web page.
I thought I could come up with the ultimate Elton John Shrine, but my attempts
fall pitifully short of some true works of art I found while tracking down
Elton John related links. But for now, this will have to do. Rock On Reggie!
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