Elton John's Band Partied Harder Than The Stones

(Rock News Desk) Long-time Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone says his band, amongst the biggest in the world during the 1970s, were "twice as hardcore" as bands more known for their heavy lifestyles but they got away with it because of the type of music they played.

And the man behind classic rock performances like Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting says he's amazed the classic four-piece act survived the era intact. Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, who died in 1992, and drummer Nigel Olsson were the mainstay members of John's band during his first flush of success, when they experimented with a wide range of musical forms. But the guitarist reports they also experimented with a wide range of recreational drugs.

He tells Music Radar: "We did as many drugs as you can imagine and drank as much alcohol as we could possibly pour down our throats. But because of the music we were never linked to the drug culture like, say, the Rolling Stones. People didn't think we were decadent, even though we were." more on this story

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