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Is That An Eighteenth Century Wig On Your Head Or Are You Just Pleased To See Me?

27 February 2004

Did you know that Elton John is a Freeman of the city of Nice? Well he is. But not everyone in France is such a fan.

Elton's only scheduled French concert this year has come under attack by two councillors from city of Bayonne - where he's due to perform on May 28th.

"We don't have anything against Elton John," said Xabi Larralde, one of the angry councillors. Their anger, they said, was directed at the "indecent" ticket prices: between 50 and 300 euros per ticket.

But you have to ask yourself: is 300 euros really too much to spend to see the great Elton John perform live in concert?

Yes. It's not like he's Jean Michel Jarre or anything. He's just a fat karaoke act. Jane McDonald with a better line in wigs. Actually, more accurately: he's a fancy wig with an okay back catalogue.

But now Elton has boldy (stupidly) decided to lose the fanciness. He has told Hello! Magazine that he is ditching his Versace wardrobe. He has had enough of glitzy, diamante fashion (he explains) and is planning to embrace a more understated and sober image. Sadly, he admits: “There comes a point where you just have to give in gracefully.”

For the interview itself, Sir Elton wore a tuxedo jacket with satin lapels, a red silk wing-collared shirt and matching fluorescent red socks. That’s his sober new look.

It is obviously easy to speculate what Elton John will look like as an old man, but more importantly - what will he look like as an old man to an old man. Something like this, possibly:


Or not. We can't be sure. Important as this speculation is, it brings us no closer to understanding Elton's day-to-day style rules, which was where our analysis began. Sort of.

So yes, in conclusion then, here is Elton John’s guide to dressing down for casual everyday occasions:

Sunday lunch

Watching telly at home

The kids’ sports day

Comfortable travelwear

Waiting for the bus

A quiet night at the cinema

A simple picnic

In other Elton John news, he has been out and about supporting his favourite charity: Caesar's Palace hotel and casino:

"For Elton John to show his support for Caesars Palace by taking part in a brick signing event created with only our employees in mind, is truly special."

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