Evidently, there is this recurring pattern in Hollywood that involves former child stars, teen angst, parties and all kinds of mad antics. Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber, and perhaps the most recent casualty, Miley Cyrus, all of which seemed to have gone over to the so-called “dark side” of fame in each their own way. Sure enough, their every antic is closely scrutinized by the public and everyone is either sympathetic or fed up of their constant news-grabbing exploits. Of course, in the bizarre world that these stars live in, perhaps it is understandable that the most that can understand them are those who have also lived through the same experiences.
One of them is the Grammy legend awardee, Sir Elton John, who has been through troubled times himself while under the intense spotlight. This sense of empathy, he proves with the title track of his newest album “The Diving Board.”
He confirms that the song is specifically inspired by the troubles of both Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber. The former being a once promising actress who lost her shine due to strings of plights ranging from unhealthy partying to constant rehab stints while the latter remains a famed pop star who seems to be turning his popularity to notoriety through his bad boy frolics. Of course, the Rocket Man himself knows that people might misconceive the song as a reference to his own struggles with drugs and all the troubles that came with being under the spotlight.
“(You might think it’s about me) the drugs, the excesses, the millions on flowers, the tantrums, the outfits and the glasses. … But it isn’t. It’s about Lindsay Lohan, Justin, all these kids who are out there now, not knowing what the hell is going on,” Elton John says in an interview for a magazine, adding, “I hate to think of Lindsay, because she had a talent, she was a great actress, and then it became all about the madness, the parties and everyone forgets about what put them there in the first place. They get lost in the idea that they are famous for who they are, not what they are. I feel sorry for these kids. … I worry that these kids will just get swallowed up.”
Clearly, Elton John feels for these young stars and this song might be his way of imparting some of the things that he has learned through his five decades in the industry.
The song “The Diving Board” is only one of the 15 songs included in his upcoming album of the same name. It is the 30th solo album by Elton John and the second of his studio releases without his regular band members, the first one being “Victims of Love” (1979). Apart from the album’s upcoming release, Elton John will also be busy this September to start the seventh leg of his residency show “The Million Dollar Piano” which has been ongoing at the Caesars Palace’s Colosseum since the latter part of 2011.
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