Elton John wants you to know that he’s a Low Cut Connie fan. Furthermore, he wants to make sure that you listen to them, too — though XPN listeners won’t have any trouble with that. The Philly band has been a favorite among their hometown audiences for some time, but it’s rare for a local band that hasn’t quite reached mainstream attention to receive such a ringing endorsement like this from a musical icon.
When his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour came through the Wells Fargo Center earlier this week, Sir Elton gave Low Cut Connie a public shoutout, even dedicating his song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to the band, which he ranks among his current favorites.
Captured on the Instagram video below, “There’s always been a lot of wonderful music coming out of Philadelphia, ever since I can remember,” said Elton John. “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.”
An audience member captured the moment on Instagram, and you can see the clip below. Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Weiner also got the chance to hang out with Elton backstage before the show, and reportedly gifted him some Eagles merch. This isn’t Weiner’s first run-in with high-profile praise — one of Low Cut Connie’s songs was featured on Barack Obama’s 2015 Spotify playlist, and the band was later invited to the White House.
Local fans will soon have the perfect opportunity to follow Elton’s instructions — Low Cut Connie will play Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live later this month. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.
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