Rocket Hour Host Salutes Young Artists And Pays Homage to Late Producer

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Elton celebrated 300 episodes and six years of his Rocket Hour show on Apple Music today.

He was interviewed by Zane Lowe, and entertainers like Arlo Parks, Dua Lipa, and Sam Fender either called in or sent voice notes, thanking the host for inviting them to be on the broadcast.
Elton said he had ''always been a fan'' of music, and his passion for new performers hasn't waned after decades in the business. 
He remarked: ''And that's why when you hear something new, it means more to me than when I listen to something that I know already. And I love old music and it just, it's fantastic. But when you hear someone young and someone who's doing something for the first time, like when I played Lorde on the show for the first time when she was 16 or something, whatever. Or I played Billie Eilish or Channel Tres, or Rina Sawayama, or Dua Lipa.'' He explained that it keeps him animated and happy.
And the pop veteran has found the wealth of young talent to be a comfort during a tumultuous period. He said it's ''not been a particularly wonderful political climate'' for the last few years.
''Then we've had a pandemic, and we've had a lot of violence and racial problems.''
Music, on the other hand, ''takes your mind off what's going on. It's a total joy.''
Elton again called on the Government to work with the EU on visa-free travel for musicians, admitting the issue has been ''one of the big bees in my bonnet.''
During his interview with Zane, Elton also remembered Duncan Wallace, his former producer on Rocket Hour, who died in April.
He said: ''So I have to pay tribute to him because I don't want to forget him. And I don't want him to be forgotten because it's a team thing.''
Prior to joining Apple Music in 2015, Duncan had jobs at Capital FM, KISS UK and Galaxy. He won three Sony Radio Awards in 2008.
The Briton, who had been fighting a brain tumour, recently raised 22,000 pounds for Brain Tumour Research by completing the Great North Run. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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