Thursday, December 16, 2010
Russia's President Tweet's 'Elton's Music is of High Quality'
Sir Elton John's music is "outstanding," Russia's rocker president, Dmitry Medvedev, wrote on his Twitter micro blog on Sunday after nipping down to the veteran singer's gig in Moscow.
"Attended an Elton John concert. He did an outstanding job - almost three hours of live music. ," Medvedev tweeted after a night on the town.
Only thing is, Sir Elton invited the president, "a true fan of modern rock music," as he called him in his message of November 25, to his St. Petersburg show on December 13, rather than the Moscow event, but Medvedev seemed to decide not to wait another day. As presidents do, as presidents do.
"You are a true fan of modern rock music that unites people from all over the world, regardless of their racial, political and religious views. I'll be very grateful if you will accept my invitation," the Rocket Man's message read.
Medvedev, who ran his successful election campaign largely by recounting how he collected the vinyl copies of every Deep Purple LP, is the exact opposite of his patron, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin - as far as music is concerned, that is. The former KGB man is more into a kind of sweaty patriotic folk pop, the likes of Lyube.
The 63-year-old rock legend was among the first western musicians to perform in the USSR - an honor shared with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's favorite disco act, Boney-M.