i just watched the doc shot by Elton’s boyfriend David Furnish back in the 90s. it’s called Tantrums and Tiaras.
The one thing that comes shining through is that Elton is, without a doubt, a pro.
The doc was shot when Elton was 25 years into a hugely successful career. He was five years into his sobriety. He had recently met his (it turns out) life partner, former Canadian ad guy David Furnish who shot this. Perhaps time to start taking it a bit easy Elton? Apparently no.
Elton is clearly a driven man. Elton CARES A LOT. It’s funny to see him expertly analyzing the chart performance of his latest single. He’s as obsessed about this one as he was about his first. Elton clearly aims for the bullseye every time. And he’s a bit heartbroken when he doesn’t hit it every time.
That’s because Elton is a pro. He cheerily does all the stupid interviews to promote his latest record because he understands he’s in business. And the record company are doing their side of the contract. So he does his without complaint.
There’s a great bit in the doc near the end that is sheer pro.
Elton is playing to 100K crowd in sweltering south america. It’s hot. he’s in the middle of “Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting”, he suddenly dashes off stage to the surprise of everyone. Elton is f**ked! he’s visibly in pain. his percussionist – and fellow pro – Ray Cooper, without missing a beat, starts into a crowd-distracting showboating solo. it works.
Elton is a pro. He somehow summons the energy to bounce back onto stage wrapped in the Uruguayan flag smiling. And launches right into the equally athletic “Pinball Wizard”.
A graphic illustration of what it means to be a pro. God i hope i’m considered to be a pro. What greater compliment could there be?