Elton John offers up advice to music students at free show

SIR ELTON JOHN turned teacher at a free concert in Los Angeles on Monday night (16Sep13), taking questions from the audience and dishing out tips on how to make it in music.

The Rocket Man took to the stage to perform at the University of Southern California in front of an audience made up mainly of students, and took time between tracks such as Tiny Dancer to offer up advice.

Driving home the importance of listening to music of all genres, he said, "Listen to everything. Don't be dismissive."

He then told the crowd that at 66 years old, he's ready to give up the spotlight to the younger artists coming through, saying, "(My music doesn't) play on the radio. It's other people's turn. But at my age, I can do what I want.

"I pay tribute to the young. I have faith in the young and I love listening to new music."

The event, at which Sir Elton was backed by his own band and members of the university's student orchestra, was to help promote his 30th solo studio album The Diving Board.

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