Elton John‘s new autobiography, titled Me, is assuredly going to win points as the page-turner of the year. The tome, set for publication on October 15th, was co-written by with music journalist Alexis Petridis, and is already gaining a buzz for Elton’s often hysterically over-the top recollections.
LiveForLiveMusic.com printed an excerpt in which Elton describes joining the Rolling Stones onstage on July 20th, 1975 at Fort Collins, Colorado’s Hughes Stadium — and was too high to realize he had overstayed his welcome: “Cocaine gave me too much confidence for my own good. If I hadn’t been coked out of my head when the Rolling Stones turned up in Colorado and asked me to come onstage with them, I might have just performed ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ waved to the crowd and made my exit. Instead, I decided it was going so well, I’d stay on and jam along to the rest of their set, without first taking the precaution of asking the Stones if they wanted an auxiliary keyboard player.”
He went on to remember, “For a while, I thought Keith Richards kept staring at me because he was awestruck by the brilliance of my improvised contributions to their oeuvre. After a few songs, it finally penetrated my brain that the expression on his face wasn’t really suggestive of profound musical appreciation. I quickly scuttled off, noting as I went that Keith was still staring at me in a manner that suggested we’d be discussing this later, and decided it might be best if I didn’t hang around for the after-show party.”
During a recent interview with Yahoo News, Elton John recalled another rare stage appearance that had nothing to do with playing the piano. The “Rocket Man” recalled but one of his crazier nights back in 1973: [“I dressed as a gorilla and went on stage with Iggy Pop, yeah, at Richard’s Club in Atlanta. And I saw him the first night, and he was so great, I wanted to go back the second night. I thought, ‘I know what — I’ll dress as a gorilla!’ And I jumped onstage and he freaked out. And years later, he told me he was tripping on acid when I did it. It was the stinkiest gorilla’s outfit you could possibly have. I thought it would be great, but it kinda backfired. At the end they said, ‘Oh, by the way that was Elton John in the gorilla suit,’ and everyone said, ‘Oh yeah, sure.’ But it was one of my mad things — those were the days. Those were the days.”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . were the days)
Elton John will next perform on October 17th at L.A.’s Greek Theatre.