With a career that now spans well over forty years, Elton John has seen more than his fair share of celebrity tragedies- witnessing the rise and unfortunate falls of acts he not only inspired but called contemporaries.
So, comments he made regarding Pop firework Miley Cyrus may give she and her fans serious cause for concern this week, revealing- during an interview with The Australian- that he foresees a meltdown in her future.
His words of warning below…
“I look at Miley Cyrus and I see a meltdown waiting to happen. And she’s so young! But she’s got two records in the top 20, so who is going to stop her? Maybe it’s a British thing, but I can spot a car crash before it happens. I was in my dressing room in Las Vegas when they announced that Michael Jackson was playing 50 dates at the O2. I turned to my agent and said: ‘He won’t do a single one of those.’ I could tell you he was going to die. He’d been doing drugs for so long, he’d been a mess for so long – and I’ve known Michael since he was 12 or 13 – that it was never going to happen. Everyone was saying it was going to be great and I was saying: ‘Hello? Are you looking at the real thing here?’
Then, when quizzed on ‘Brown Eyes’ entertainer Lady GaGa, he admitted:
“With Gaga – who I love, she’s the godmother to our children – I’d like to be able to talk to her right now, but I can’t get through to her. And there are times when you have to listen. When your persona begins to take over your music and becomes more important, you enter a dangerous place. Once you have people around you who don’t question you, you’re in a dangerous place. When you get famous you get complacent. You stop listening to new things. But my album’s sound reflects the fact that all the things I love at the moment are stripped down. Lorde had a big US hit with a song called Royal. It’s just her voice and a drum machine, and it’s beautiful in its simplicity. It’s the kind of direction Gaga should be going in.”