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Many Atlantans are familiar with Sir Elton John’s local ties: his world-famous art collection that helped spark Atlanta’s obsession with photography, his hangouts at the Buckhead Diner, and his affinity for Georgia musicians. However, John’s fans may not appreciate that his most lasting gift to our city may be helping reverse the spread and stigma of AIDS.
While most musicians outgrow their childhood tastes, Cavanaugh kept playing classic rock staples—as a teenager in his brother’s cover band and in his 20s at an Orlando piano bar. In 1999 he was asked to perform in Las Vegas, where he caught the attention of Billy Joel.
In an inspired move, Atlanta Top 40 station 99.7 FM, Power 99, rebranded itself in October 1992 as 99X—with a lineup of Gen X-skewing grunge rock and attitude-laced talk. One of the most influential modern rock stations of the decade, 99X catapulted the careers of Atlanta-based acts like Shawn Mullins, Marvelous 3, and John Mayer; drove the rock charts; and even drew the older guard.
“It’s so nerve wracking to come out and play for you guys,” Elton John conceded to his U.S. hometown Saturday night at Philips Arena as the sold-out crowd stood and cheered. After a four-and-a-half-year break from playing for his local friends and fans, it was clear from the first chord, the Peachtree Road resident was eager to reconnect with Atlanta.
After analyzing the contents of the massive Super Deluxe Edition of Elton John’s new album, The Diving Board, here are the four coolest things you’ll want to know about Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin’s new studio project, produced by roots music maestro T Bone Burnett:
Even the most jaded media folks couldn’t resist snapping a few selfies in front of the iconic rock outfits unveiled Monday night during a press preview party for the Treasures of the Hard Rock exhibition at the downtown restaurant and rock club’s Velvet Underground space. There were moments during the three-hour cocktail party when you couldn’t even get near TLC singer/rapper/lyricist Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ white CrazySexyCool tour outfit for all the pop up amateur photography occurring.