In a recent interview on the BBC Radio 6 Music, Sir Elton John opened up about what the Troubadour nightclub means to him and also shared his efforts to support the venue as the world continues to experience the weight of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve heard that it might be closing, but I think it’s going to be okay,” he shared. “We have to preserve venues like this.”
On August 25, 1970, the singer performed his first-ever breakthrough American concert at the West Hollywood venue in the presence of legends of the likes of bandmembers of the Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Beach Boys.
He shared that he has made “few phone calls” in an effort to preserve the club, and has also had “a few irons in the fire.”
“If venues like that disappear, then it’s really grim stuff because they are so important for new people to go, and I’ve seen so many new acts there that have come from Britain,” Elton said.
He added, “It’s a great launch pad. It’s a great room, it has atmosphere, it has everything going for it. If you can’t play well at the Troubadour, you can’t play well anywhere.”
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