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NZ Paper Has EJ Interview
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Monday 4
December 2006 @ 15:15

Prior to his Wellington appearance on December 6, Elton spoke to the Sunday News about the show and his career.

Q You’re a huge superstar all over the world -why make the effort to travel all the way to New Zealand?

A My New Zealand fans deserve it! It’s a long time since I have toured in Australasia – I owe it to my fans to try to visit as many cities as possible. I was really delighted that a show in Wellington could get scheduled as a late addition.

Q After all these years of touring, what drives you to still do it?

A I adore performing live. It’s one of the best things about my job.

Q Has fame and fortune changed you as a person?

A Having known fame from such a young age, it’s impossible to answer that.

Q Who have you been hanging out with lately?

A I have a group of loyal, dear friends and they are the people I spend time with.

Q What do you miss most about home when you’re on the road?

A Having a number of homes around the world, I am lucky that I can often base myself in one of them as a centre for touring. I miss different things about each home. Most of all, I guess I miss my dogs.

Q Which era of your music do you look back on most fondly?

A My music tastes are so eclectic I could never say a particular era. I always tend to think the present day music is always the best. There are some great artists around today.

Q How does it make you feel when you touch people and they use your songs at important personal events like weddings and funerals?

A It’s fantastic that my songs have a resonance for people and something they can really relate to. I am immensely flattered.

Q Who and what do you need around you to make you perform at your best?

A My band and road crew. I have musicians and touring staff that have been with me for decades. I am a perfectionist and think fans who pay money to see me deserve the best musicianship and technical production.

Q What’s your favorite Elton John song?

A That is difficult. Having made a new album so recently – The Captain and The Kid – it would have to be one of the tracks from that. It’s a very personal album for me.