Elton John has been outspoken of late in his praise of Philadelphia music in general and Philadelphia old school rock and soul band Low Cut Connie in particular on his Rocket Hour show on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio.
On Wednesday, the British CBE shared that enthusiasm on stage with the Wells Fargo Center audience on the second night of his two show stand in South Philly during this first week of his three year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
"There's always been a lot of wonderful music coming out of Philadelphia, ever since I can remember," Sir Elton said before "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
"And there's a band that I love at the moment so much called Low Cut Connie, who are also from Philadelphia. And I'd like to dedicate this song to them right now, because I love them very much, And you should check them out. Buy their records, go see them. Amazing."
Before the show on Wednesday, Low Cut Connie leader Adam Weiner hung out with John, his husband David Furnish and lyricist Bernie Taupin. "We talked about Philly and Levon Helm and Little Richard and many things," Weiner said via text on Thursday morning from a plane headed to Los Angeles for a festival this weekend.
Weiner gave John and Furnish two Philadelphia Eagles shirts purchased at South Fellini on Passyunk Ave. for the couple's two sons. John reminisced about his first Philly gig at the original Electric Factory 48 years ago this week. And when they parted, Weiner said John left him with a bit of old fashioned showbiz advice: "Make a noise out there kid."