Seems that Elton John is the newest entrant in the Celeb Adoption Olympics. According to the BBC, he’s looking for someone to replace his longtime keyboard player.
The singer added that the death of his long-term keyboardist, Guy Babylon, had also influenced his decision.
“Last week I lost one of my best friends; my keyboard player died of a heart attack at 52.
“It broke my heart because he was such a genius and so young and has two wonderful children.
“What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to.”
I think Sir Elton might be jumping the gun a bit here. That kid can’t even reach the damper pedal yet. Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to hire an experienced key player? Sure someone of the caliber that Sir Elton would be looking for would certainly demand a good salary, but I can’t see how training someone from the age of 14 months could be cost efficient. I also doubt it would be timely, Sir Elton is 62 years old. It takes a while to reach proficiency on the piano. Will Elton even be touring when the kid is finally ready to go out? Besides there could be child labor laws involved.
As we all know, and Sir Elton should realize, adopted children do not inherit the talents of their adoptive parents. What if this kid is completely tone deaf? What would Sir Elton do then? Go and get another one? Soldier on like Sir Paul McCartney did with Linda?
I really think Elton should hold auditions rather than adopt.
Oh and there is all this stuff too.
The charity EveryChild has raised some other concerns, in this CNN article.
Something to think about.
Let say Elton decides to pass on this kid. Will someone else want him? Is there anyone else looking for a keyboard player? Would the child’s life be as rich if Peter Noone or Cliff Richard decided to step in? Heck, if we are talking about aging British musicians, how about Keith Richards? Now that would be an interesting turn of events.