February 12, 1998: “Sir” Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth. If traditionally, a knight was a man of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry, modern times shows as an honour to complete deeds in service of the Queen. Next guest is a kind of knight too. Noble in personality, ready to service for any Elton's cause. He was born March 26, 1974 in city of Hamilton (North Island) New Zealand, member of the Commonwealth. The city’s 1.5h drive below Auckland. He's also known as Dazza: "I moved to Australia in March 2006 following love but it didn’t last. I now live happily in the Sunny State on Queensland, Surfers Paradise Australia with my Partner Leigh of 3 years. We have a great life, living 2 blocks away from ocean/beach". His first interest in music aged 12-13, and first albums were Michael Jackson’s Thriller; Bruce Springsteen’s Born in USA and Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol.1&2. Suddenly came Elton: "My first Elton album was Ice on Fire First concert was Elton in Auckland NZ Feb 1993, I was 18 and my first ever concert. I went to two school mates and we all had AMAZING time. I’ve seen him 24 times since, mostly here in Australia but also Royal Opera House in London with orchestra on Dec 1 2002 and few days later Wembley Arena. Lucky enough to get front row seats for many recent shows and had many autographs". In New Zealand the main national radio station played loads of Elton songs: "I use to make my own Elton cassette compilations by recording his songs off the radio". He works as Building Estimator/Quantity Surveyor, Office job pricing and ordering materials for new homes. "Next month I celebrate my 40th Birthday and it coincides with the release of Elton’s 40th Anniversary edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Million dollar piano in Cinemas here in Australia and NZ. I fly back to NZ weekend 22-23 for celebrate with family and friends". My tribute to the most rellevant eltonites, part two, is for Darren George, also for New Zealanders, our dear kiwis, and asked also Darren's Top 30 Elton John songs to celebrate 30th anniversary of AllSongsList. And his List of 30 Songs starts with……
30. Can’t Stay Alone Tonight: Catchy song from the latest album; current single, sadly I will never hear it on the radio here in Australia
25. Sad Songs (Say So Much): Great line and so true. Love the extended intro on the album version. Incredible to think Elton wrote this in matter of minutes. Sadly I’m not a fan of the live versions, never sounds close enough to original for me.
Picture courtesy of Darren George