Elton John Wants To Shut Down the Internet

POP legend Sir Elton John wants the internet CLOSED DOWN.

Never one to keep his opinions to himself, the Rocket Man has waded into cyberspace with all guns blazing. He claims it is destroying good music, saying:

"The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff. Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision. It's just a means to an end. We're talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that's not going to happen with people blogging on the internet. I mean, get out there — communicate. Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet. Let's get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging. I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There's too much technology available. I'm sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today."

Multi-millionaire Elton, who turned 60 earlier this year, has admitted in the past that he is a bit behind the times. The Grammy award-winner was once quoted as saying: "I am the biggest technophobe of all time. I don't have a mobile phone or an iPod or anything. I am such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano."

Sales of Elton's last album The Captain & The Kid were disappointing — it barely shifted 100,000 copies. And in the past Sir Elt has opposed illegal downloading of his music from the net. But the flamboyant singer has embraced the web in other ways. The 60th birthday concert Sir Elton played to a 20,000-strong crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden was streamed live over the internet. The singer also announced earlier this year that his entire back catalogue of albums would be made available for digital download.

The internet has played a huge role in kick-starting the careers of some of Britain's best new talent. Sandi Thom shot to fame after broadcasting webcam concerts from her London basement flat, while both the Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen acknowledge the part played by the web in their success. But Elton also complained about the quality of music being released. He said: "In the early Seventies there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you're lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality. And there are more albums released each week now than there were then."

I guess that's what Sir Elt would call a net loss . . .

News source: The Sun

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for god's shake... give him a lollipop and make his shut up... Does he know that there are people who work over the Internet? Not everybody is a millionaire... Stupid, HOMO -(sapiens)!

What an idiot.

I can see it now, him out on the streets by himself protesting.

Its also been shown that the Internet has HELPED song artists make money. If they truely wanted more money, they would shut down the RIAA/MPAA.

Says the guy who had to have someone write his lyrics for him.
STFU, Elton. Stick to buying diamonds and wigs.

Although I do appreciate and somewhat agree with his sentiment, he's far from uninsulated from the droll and duty of daily 'normal' life.

FYI almost every artist had to rely on someone else's work (song writers) once through their careers if you don't know that... Not every song from every artist is their own creation.

Also he's got a point... don't look at it from the music perspective, it really is about communicating and sharing and having a normal "human-like" life... Computers and the internet are damaging our youth's brains (belive me there are couple examples even here in this article...) their capacities of thinking on their own and having a healty body and mind are shrinking everyday as they sit their butts on the computer to spend 6+ hours writing nonsense on forums or playing online games which everyone knows they'll pretty much end up being the same... like two thousand games all over the planet which are all the same or compared to each other...

I mean, it really is time to get a life and go out there and remember how the sunrays burn your pale skin... have you ever kept a plant from the sunlight, haven't you notice how it turns yellow?

Elton's got nothing to loose at this ages when he's made the money he wanted thanks to his career, but I also belive that music piracy over the internet is the nastiest and most horrid way to pay to those artist who dwell day by day with themselves to try and make a living with what they live for (most of them)...

and about "completely" shuttin down the internet, well I think he is crazy... Maybe turning off any ways of media sharing ok, but heck we depend on the internet to work and make money (well at least those of us who don't spend 6+ hours on forums writing nonsense)...

i have to agree with some things. the advent of PCs and the internet has turned us into a fatter lazier nation. we no longer go out and do stuff as in the past. its all about sitting in front of the damn pc and doing everything from there. humans are eventually going to evolve into slow moving masses of jelly that cant talk because of sitting in front the damn pc and just emailing, instant messaging, and chatting away using the damn keyboard. oh well, back to the internetz i go.

google123 said,
i have to agree with some things. the advent of PCs and the internet has turned us into a fatter lazier nation. we no longer go out and do stuff as in the past. its all about sitting in front of the damn pc and doing everything from there. humans are eventually going to evolve into slow moving masses of jelly that cant talk because of sitting in front the damn pc and just emailing, instant messaging, and chatting away using the damn keyboard. oh well, back to the internetz i go. :)

we are a "nation" now are we? let me guess, you're American?

I agreed with Elton John, he's so damn right but you cannot take their word literally, when he wants to shut down internet, he's talking about musicians, today intertnet and musicians are just filled with wannabe and almost all stink seriously, in fact you can find internet-music-groups that even known how to sing or play a instrument or even worst :guitar hero wannabe, a guitar hero is not any or related with play a real guitar.

I hope Elton does not want to buy anything with a credit card. Maybe he can fly around in his Jet and pick up his paycheck instead of direct deposit. He has good music but a retard

I think homosexuality should be outlawed and completely stopped for 5 years. Instead guys do nasty stuff to other guys, which is not OK according to God, and it doesn't do well for the long-term of mankind. If Elton Johns opinions counted the human race would eventually die out. Cant believe the media bother to quote him. He is very ignorant and close minded. Not everyone likes to sit down at pianos and write all day...bore...if you are anti cellphones, then why bother even using a regular phone...DUMB!!!! Be anti-phone period. I never had anything against Elton John until now, how can a 60 year old man have the brain of a stuck up 13 year old. But i guess we have something in common, i never owned an ipod either (but i got an iphone ). We move 30 orders a day on Ebay. If the internet was shutdown, I would not have a business, my wife and I would be unemployed and my 2 kids would need welfare. Like i said how could a 60 year old be so close minded and ignorant. Obviously the guy never used the interenet, he would realize how it plays a huge part in corporate america. So why does he want it gone if he never used it? ELTON YOUR NOT ALL THAT, especially now! THE ONLY TIME I EVER WATCHED YOU PERFORM WAS WHEN YOU PERFORMED WITH EMINEM/ PLEASE TAKE THIS GEEZER OFF HIS PEDESTAL, your time has past.

But you cannot say that if he's a homo then "he's wrong with all", in the same way you cannot say that a homo is right in everything. Ad hominem attacks are just futiles.

medafor said,
I think homosexuality should be outlawed and completely stopped for 5 years. Instead guys do nasty stuff to other guys, which is not OK according to God, and it doesn't do well for the long-term of mankind. If Elton Johns opinions counted the human race would eventually die out. Cant believe the media bother to quote him. He is very ignorant and close minded. Not everyone likes to sit down at pianos and write all day...bore...if you are anti cellphones, then why bother even using a regular phone...DUMB!!!! Be anti-phone period. I never had anything against Elton John until now, how can a 60 year old man have the brain of a stuck up 13 year old. But i guess we have something in common, i never owned an ipod either (but i got an iphone ). We move 30 orders a day on Ebay. If the internet was shutdown, I would not have a business, my wife and I would be unemployed and my 2 kids would need welfare. Like i said how could a 60 year old be so close minded and ignorant. Obviously the guy never used the interenet, he would realize how it plays a huge part in corporate america. So why does he want it gone if he never used it? ELTON YOUR NOT ALL THAT, especially now! THE ONLY TIME I EVER WATCHED YOU PERFORM WAS WHEN YOU PERFORMED WITH EMINEM/ PLEASE TAKE THIS GEEZER OFF HIS PEDESTAL, your time has past.

I think stupid ignorant people like you should be outlawed, and killed.

Whilst I have thought about (and indeed have ideas) for pieces of music I wish to mix, I'm not thinking from this on a basis - that is loaded with the intent to solely "make money". It is about taking the best of the 70s, 80s and 90s - in fact - "the best from anything" with the view to being creative and utilising "in a creative way" the best elements from technology that can contribute towards enhancing one's experiences and emotions of the piece that was created. About sharing, informing and enjoying.

I respect all genres - even if I don't like some. There's a reason for whatever genre exists.

A lot of people are very proud to where you (Sir Elton) have progressed to today. If the purpose was not about making people happy, I wonder if you'd have got to "where you are today" had you'd just solely "thought about" making money" ?

So then - what about the many individuals from your generation who were at one time engaged and today, still are, in copyright management and protection ? Here's the paradox of where that's evolving :

"the public corporation" that forgot its 'duty' :


"DRM MS/BBC scram"

http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41117

vs

"Software Lobby Warns Microsoft Too Close to BBC"

http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41117

The participation of all kinds of (positive) experiences helps to bring mates and friends alike together. I don't think that the persons who have caused this 'duplicity to meander' would treat 'members of their own' in the same way, and although I have no intention of having and do not have (that corporations' material) in my house, a licence still has to be paid for.

"just keep on funking" - and making good music.

Tho John i like your music very much (Lion King) love that song! and candle in the wind, i think you need to put more thought into the things you say that make you sound stupid. Shutting down the internet isn't a good idea John! Maybe you should investigate that the internet is not only about music and chatting.

Peh. Elton John is one of the many idiots who deserves to have their knighthood revoked. He condemns the biggest movement to unite people in the world because he wants people to go out and buy more of his records? I'm sorry, but the Internet whilst for all its faults and problems, it still does a lot of good and has become an important infrastructure in many Western and Far Eastern countries.

Yes there are many issues with society right now, but attributing them all to simply "The Internet" is narrowminded, uninformed and just plain stupid.

If he wanted to do something "amazing" for music, why doesn't he nullify his contract with his studio and release all his future music for free. Surely music is for the people regardless of their financial status?

Whoa, the Bitch is Back! ¬.¬

It's got nothing to do with the Internet. Music and it's culture as a whole has shifted, even before the internet became as big as it is today. We still have great artists. They may not be as memorable, but it has nothing to do with he Internet. A period in 2004 I remember had tonnes of great songs, yet it died down. Sometimes you'll get the REALLY awesome songs which come along (Darkness; I Believe in a Thing called love - For example), but that's up to the writing skills of the artist, nothing to do with the Internet.

I think what Elton has failed to see here, is that if the internet was to be shut down, the WHOLE world would change, for the worse. Name a well known company nowadays which doesn't have an online store, online service or whatnot. Many people have made a living FROM the internet, and shutting it down would completely ruin their businesses, lives, families etc. It'd be like the great Depression all over again for most people. I think John imagines that there's a little box with a small red switch somewhere in the world which when flipped just turns off the internet. Well We've got news John, that's not the case! This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. It doesn't even matter if the music isn't the same style as what it was 30 years ago. Music relies on taste, and he may not like the newer music, but others do. Anyway, The Who are still awesome

Love your Music though, John

What a d**khead. The internet has done nothing but improve the music industry, creating a new distribution channels for new artists with no money to get their music OUT there, and as for people not getting out, if anything, for me because of the net I actually do get out and meet lots of different people that I've met on the net. Shutting down the net would probably kill music distribution and the amount of new artists springing up. New technology helps people keep in touch, especially for those who live far away from each other, not to mention the millions of businesses who need the internet to operate. EJ is so full of crap.

I do agree that perhaps the quality of music today isn't as memorable as what's been released in the past few decades, but that in no way is because of the Internet. If anything, the Internet has helped the musicians more than it has harmed them. Think about how many musicians have now finally gained some respect and exposure because they've been able to publish their works online, quickly and cheaply. Decades ago, you had to be picked up by a record label to get your music out. Nowadays, anyone with a hint of talent can post their stuff online, and then have it downloaded a million times.

It could only have come from The Sun newspaper.

"Elton John wants to shut down the Internet"

vs.

"I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span"

Hardly the same statements. As much as I can't stand the Prima-donna or his more recent music, he does have a valid point. People do need to get out more and stop trying to live their lives through crap blogs and the Internet as a whole.

Why? If they enjoy it what's the problem? If people WANT to get out more, what's stopping them? Obviously some people would rather be on the internet.

Also, since the internet is a recent invention, I'd say we've already gone longer than five years without it already.

Eis said,
Also, since the internet is a recent invention, I'd say we've already gone longer than five years without it already.
You've already answered your own question. Crime has never been higher than it is now. People have never felt more insular and secluded as they do now, media has ever been more corrupt, the list goes on.

Of course, this is largely as a result of technology, as opposed to just the Internet, which is what Sir Elton John eludes to in his statement. I guess that didn't make such a cutting headline though.

So the madman across the water wants people to communicate more...now what is the primary purpose of the internet again?

pardon the pun, but it is obvious sir elton "filthy pig" john is suffering some kind of "backdoor" vulnerability. if he would get it ... er ... plugged, he would probably enjoy internet more.

His comment about there being better music in the 70s is obsurd. Main reason for this thinking is the fact that most people didnt have the ability to really know what was all out there. Even back then the genre of music was pretty vague compared to now. The internet has given us the ability to listen to music worldwide instead of back in the 70s/80s it was the radio or magazines alone, no MTV in the 70s lol. Bottom line is that most people have a much broader choice of what they can listen to and are not stuck listening to crap or going to the music store and praying this cool album cover is gonna have some good stuff on it.

Right. Shut the internet down because people are getting bad at writing music. Good one.

It's not like the internet does anything else besides pirating music anyway, why even try to consider anything else.

if he wants to shut down the net he can give all his money so he can go broke then complain about how bad it is n then no one would listen to him.

Just because he doesn't like technology doesn't mean he should be pushing his anti-technology on everyone else. Sure, maybe the Internet has stifled creativity somewhat; however, I don't think this is really the case, since the advent of the Internet has made it easier to collaborate with people all over the world.

I don't know, maybe he's just scared of the Internet, lol.

You guys (and neowin) sure know how to imply things into a statement and overreact. Someone saying he thinks technology may hinder artistic vision is now being translated to He's a nazi that wants to shut down the internet is pretty ridiculous.

Doesnt bode well with the artistic vision? huh? Since when can't people at home be artists too? He makes it sound like signed artists are the only ones that should create...

Let him rewrite 'candle in the wind' for the 6th time so he can make some money for his campaign of closing down the internet.

"I would have liked to know you but the bloggers got in the way, Lets burn down the internet like the candle in the wind."

You ever notice how people who are homophobic, racist, and/or bigoted are quite often the first to cry-out about said subjects?

In that it takes one to know one sense.

When someone reads that much into a little quip or comment they are usually covering up for their own homophobic, racist, and/or bigoted feelings.

warwagon said,
ya its said that most anti-gay individually are usually gay themselves, but don't want to admit it

Or you could say that everyone also are pedophile because everyone dislike this kind of persons. And the same for zoophile, necrophile and more. O_o

theres two things:
quality music, and music just for fun,
if some1 wants to sing who cannot, fine, but he or she shouldnt sell it as quality masterpiece, thats all.
damn, keep up freedom

Glassed Silver:mac

I agree with Sir Elton and the fact the internet has lead people to believe that they are making a difference when they actually are not. What do you think the government prefers, millions of people flocking to a Blog about protest? or millions of people in the streets protesting?

While the internet has given more people a voice, that voice is weaker than ever since no one hardly goes to the streets and takes action.
I believe that was his point, and he is right on in my opinion.

His point about music.... Well, it is technology destroying music, with Pro Tools and such making people who cannot sing actually sing, so again, I have to say I agree with him to a certain degree. He just went a little extreme with his example.

I agree with Elton. Everyone and their dog has a cd now. Just because you can download a trial version of Karioki Beat Meister doesnt mean you should. Today is the age of quantity not quality. You gotta wade thru a sea of crap.

Sorry Elton - everyone in the 70s was on drugs, people just thought the music was better, when in fact it was just noises in their heads.

... sure there was some good music, but claiming that 10 good albums came out every week and now that many don't come out a year is just silly.

God I hate that guy..

Go out and communicate? Damn I can communicate with people all over the friggin' world because of teh intarwebz. I don't think the guy knows his stuff.

He made some good music, but.. he shouldn't say stupid stuff like this. :P

I love elton jons music, I can understand exactly why he feels that the internet can be the downfall of the music industry.. but what hes suggesting is just nuts.

uhm yea.. exactly..
i totally about the part that people should demonstrate on streets rather than in blogs, then again, hell..

actually the internet can be a great tool to develop your idea, collaborate, etc... its just a matter of what you do with it.
if a musician is unable to use technology to make better music, he or she should stick to his old tools of creation, but stfu about the rest of the world.
no1 ordered a world mommy.

Glassed Silver:mac

Reading closely, he's just telling users who know nothing to stop reading eachothers blogs and actually get out of the house to experience things for themselves. Then, finally, they might actually be able to write about something they know about.

In otherwords, to put it into an older perspective...dont watch tv all day, go out and play with your friends

But even then the internet/tv/radio ect are perhaps the most powerful means of keeping up with world affairs. How much would we know about world poverty, about war, about man landing on the moon or whatever if we didnt have these mediums to get this information from. Thats certainly part of his message but to be honest I think he has a huge misconception of people today if he really thinks that all people do is sit in front of computers or whatever and that even if they are its just a means to waste time.

For all intensive purposes bloggers and home musicians are as likely to get out as any other people and saying otherwise holds about as much water as saying something such as world of warcraft players have no life when in reality most live as "good" a life as anyone else (neglecting the debate on what even constitutes a life). It's really just some stupid generalization without much merit.

Smigit said,
For all intensive purposes bloggers and home musicians are as likely to get out as any other people...

I'm not trying to be pedantic or rude, as I agreed with your point, but just wanted to make you aware for future reference that the phrase is actually 'for all intents and purposes'. It makes much more sense that way than the homophonic way that you have written it out. Anyway, carry on.

Smigit said,
But even then the internet/tv/radio ect are perhaps the most powerful means of keeping up with world affairs. How much would we know about world poverty, about war, about man landing on the moon or whatever if we didnt have these mediums to get this information from. Thats certainly part of his message but to be honest I think he has a huge misconception of people today if he really thinks that all people do is sit in front of computers or whatever and that even if they are its just a means to waste time.

For all intensive purposes bloggers and home musicians are as likely to get out as any other people and saying otherwise holds about as much water as saying something such as world of warcraft players have no life when in reality most live as "good" a life as anyone else (neglecting the debate on what even constitutes a life). It's really just some stupid generalization without much merit.

Its not even important that you get out x% of the time. Even someone who spends a lot of his life quietly by himself in his house isn't necessarily blind to what the world is like. Everyone gets in touch with reality sometime, and reality doesn't even necessarily mean 'other people', even if for some person, thats out of the picture. Someone who spends all his life socializing may also have a completely distorted view of what the world is like. You can have someone who spends his life watching TV and get a distorted view, and you can get someone who does the same but is intelligent enough to understand things deeper.

Many of the world's greatest artists were recluses and anti-social. And even though Elton John has some nice songs, if he were put on a list of the world's greatest artists to have lived he wouldn't be far up.

This is just a lot of prejudice from the baby boom generation who believe in certain values about what "living" is. "Living" is experiencing things and having wild times, and if you're living your life quietly and modestly you aren't living. A lot of these are pronounced like morals and baby boomers will be as judgmental as anyone else.

Elton John's statements were offensive to me, because he said that because I live a lot of my life by myself in my house, my life isn't as worthwhile as his, and I will never produce art as great as his. f u Elton John.

call me weird, but wasn't there a news story sometime ago that said bloggers actually go outside more often than non-bloggers (read normal people)?

Ah, technophobe with disappointing album sales wants to shut down the Internet.

Nope, absolutely no small-minded personal agenda detected, Captain.

GEIST said,
Ah, technophobe with disappointing album sales wants to shut down the Internet.

Nope, absolutely no small-minded personal agenda detected, Captain. :rolleyes:

Pretty much sums this whole news post up.

+1 Internets.

Yeah I agree. Lets get rid of the internet and see if maybe it'll result in better music. Forget everything else we'd loose in the process, as long as we get some nice music to listen to we should be fine.

I fail to see how the Internet stops musicians in any way being creative. Many many artists still get popular via the traditional means of playing small gigs and building up. Hell bar the few music show winners I seriously don't know of any artist that has achieved fame through releasing their material online. Yes many people do it but I doubt I could look at the charts and see anyone there that spent the 1st 5 years of their career blogging and got the record deal based on songs off their blog.

As for the quality of music nowdays, thats purely subjective. Theres a good deal of crap that was released years ago as well, just different crap but crap none the less. If elton thinks music is lacking nowdays hes still perhaps one of the most talented musicians of the past few decades so perhaps he should release something worthy of some of his classics. It's not like people wouldnt buy his album if he released something truely great today.

If anything getting rid off the net would just discourage start ups who toy around with music as a hobby and go on to produce material when they realise maybe they have a knack for it.

heheh another silver surfer rebelling :P

does anyone actually take heed of anything the old fishwife says?

Hes a bit of a hypocrite seeing as he has his own website LMFAO do us all a favour Elton take down your website as an example...(whats that OH.......didnt think so either, a case of do as i say not as i do)

also Id take it all with a pinch of salt with it being in "The Sun"

He said: “In the early Seventies there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you’re lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality. And there are more albums released each week now than there were then.”

Um, maybe cause the art of music has been industrialized considerably in the past 40 years and the "artists" of today are only looking to make a quick buck and maybe a dash of fame, not some sort of lasting mark in the world.
I dont have any idea why he's blaming the internet for this though, the internet seems to be the exception of this rule that everythign has become an industry. Copyright is being breached so people can enjoy music sure its stealing but in the end your art is reaching millions who might never have heard it otherwise. Its not like Elton John is living on the streets...and its not like 70% of record sales go to the artist and not the record company..

Mr Reginald Dwight (Elton John) is becoming like Rosie O'Donell with testicles.

I like his music, and we even met him in Vegas, but his ego is bigger than the planet earth.

Poor Elton is loosing $$$$$$$$$$ in royalties, since the inception of the internet, strange he never mentioned this when the wife & I went too see him @ Caesers Palace, he did complain that his penis wasn't long enough, hence this is the problem, it's not big enough to fit in between his husband's bum cheeks.

So Elton has too complain about the internet, well we should all pull the plug on the internet now, Elton says we can't be online anymore.... But when you come to think about Elton, maybe you should take the lead and shut your website down, I mean eltonjohn.com is such an waste of evil bandwidth, after all I could spend the next 10+ hours sitting in front of my computer signing up for all these memberships you have to offer on your website, not too mention concert tickets and merchandise, who needs Google when you have the media and a mouth.

Elton was asked what would he do if everybody stopped buying his records?, his respone was "it will NEVER happen so why talk about it".

Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet.

Thats what he wants. I mean, the ppl dont brough his music and he blames the internet for this.
To Elton John, you are OUT... OUT OUT OUT. Dont blame the internet because of that. The ppl still on the street going out and creating alot of stuff and dont need that someone with a mind tricked tell them what to do. Less with their freedom. And thats includes buy bad music like yours.

The man has a point, then again, complete closure of the Internet suggests to me he doesn't. Probally just a PR stunt to get him some attention.

Might go download a few of his songs.

Mungabba said,
Might go download a few of his songs.

lols :P

Well, with the internet shut down we won't be able to buy his albums online, his accesories or gig tickets for his shows, thus resulting in a huge loss of money for both him and other artists. But hey, as long as he's ok with that

Mungabba said,
Might go download a few of his songs.

maybe the plan was to remind the public he's out there. get them listening again. and you took the bait, dude.

Mungabba said,
Might go download a few of his songs.

I wouldn't waste the bandwidth. I'd rather listen to that crap rapper that was on Top Gear of the Pops, what was his name, Jizzy Tissue.