Thursday, February 8, 2018
Farewell Elton Daily
Elton Daily has been my personal pet project and hobby for the last 12 years. I started it for two main reasons; firstly, the official website was incredibly poor in its news about my beloved idol and secondly, I had hoped to gain Elton's attention through service to his fans.
At first I loved updating the blog, I always tried to be first in getting any and all the news out to fans everywhere. I never hid from posting the good and bad news about Elton. I figured fans would still love him worts and all - it simply made him more human. Although this led me into hot water on several occasions. I used multiple sources to combine everything into one site. It was convenient and thorough.
It was a passion project, I knew the chance of getting my idols attention and meeting him was highly remote, yet I realized that fans around the world loved the information and tour news - so they became my reason for continuing.
In the last few years two things have happened to me. Firstly, I no longer have the time and energy to dedicate to this site, my new career and lifestyle takes all of my time and energy. Secondly, I have lost the majority of my interest in Elton John. Lots of fans are surprised to hear this and I understand why, but for me I think it comes down to over-saturation. I have seen him live 26 times and each time I see him, I get more tired of hearing the same songs, the lack of change has made me disinterested in seeing him. Further, he is everywhere. He is always on TV, always on the radio, in movies, on the news, at charity events, at concerts, in Las Vegas, making musicals, making albums etc etc. Having to follow all this every day of my life and posting it is simply too much for one person. It has driven me have zero interest in any of his projects and tours.
Another reason I feel this site is unnecessary is that his official site has become more reliable and his instagram covers many aspects of his life. Fans are able to follow his life using those channels. Which brings me to the announcement that Elton Daily is over. This is the last post. Thanks for all the years and all the support. I'm sorry to let anyone down. I just simply can't do it anymore and really don't want to do it anymore.
I guess I'm still a fan, don't get me wrong, I adore his music! Unfortunately I have lost a lot of faith in the man though. I feel that he is more focused on attention and self promotion these days than the fans, and perhaps even his family. A 300 date farewell tour is simply a money making scheme - look at the cost of tickets for more proof. I have always known the chance of meeting him was beyond remote, he only ever meets handsome young men, CEO's and celebrities. That to me is very unfortunate. We are the ones who put him where he is and it's a shame to not be recognized for that.
I know you will say, but he does so much for his fans - look at how many shows he gives us, look at all the autographs he signs. But is that really for us? It's partly to make money to maintain his expensive lifestyle and partly to satisfy his addictive personality. The autographs are nice, but I can see how tired he gets doing it, signing so many careless scribbles, that it seems as though he has to do it, not wants to. Perhaps its a routine he can't break or does it to show some engagement with the audience in order to garner more favorable press reviews.
It's hard being tough and saying these things about a man I used to be infatuated with, but It's just my opinion. I'll still love his music and I'll probably go to the farewell tour. But it will be an enormous relief to sit at the back and save my money, to not post about everything and to just enjoy the music and see his remarkable talent one last time. It will be relaxing not having to dress up and get his non-existent attention or to compete with other fans in some strange fandom contest.
I wish Elton all the best for his life and the remainder of his career, thank you for all the memories and wonderful songs. To the band, you guys are the genuine machine behind the man. I'm amazed at how hard you work and your effervescent talent. It was a pleasure to meet you. To all the fans and friends I've made along the way, thank you for your interest in my work and your shared enthusiasm.
This site will no longer be updated. On December 31, 2018 it will go offline permanently.
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