On Friday, December 8, the guest on National Public Radio’s World Cafe will be Elton.
The interview was conducted by David Dye on November 6, 2006 in Toronto.
Elton discusses how the concepts for both Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy and The Captain & The Kid came about.
He talks about his early career, particularly his critically acclaimed performance at The Troubador in 1970. Elton also chats about his partnership with Bernie Taupin and
touches on their writing process for The Captain & The Kid.
Elton is particularly candid about the song And the House Fell Down on his latest CD, which he describes as a song chronicling his “personal collapse” from the excesses of stardom. He continues on this topic, focusing particularly on his past battles with (and triumphs over) alcohol and cocaine abuse.
As is often the case, the entertainer talks about his love of promoting and helping newer artists such as Rufus Wainwright and the Scissor Sisters in their careers.
The interview ends with Elton discussing The Bridge, the first single from The Captain & The Kid, which chronicles the overcoming of the trials and tribulations in songwriting and in life.
Besides the radio, Friday’s World Cafe can be heard at 2 p.m. online by visiting www.xpn.org/listen.php.
Meanwhile, BBC Radio is repeating Sunday’s Elaine Paige programme, in which her ”essential musical” was Billy Elliot, at