Not that he's reaching the going-to-the-shops-wearing-slippers stage or anything, but Elton John wants the internet to be switched off to save music:
“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.”
He doesn't like bloggers much, does he? But we'll try to leave that aside, and just focus on his suggestion that "people are staying at home making music on their computers which isn't good".
It's not true, of course - and part of the problem is the bloody awful bands comprising of people who don't stay in their bedrooms but instead go out and make Kasabian records; and we're not even going to bother eulogising the value of the internet as a promotional tool - indeed, that it provides the very communication that John talks about. Instead, we'll just point out that there was no internet in any real sense in the early 1980s, and the music scene then was being despoiled by "happily heterosexual husband" era Elton and the Phil Collinses. If that's life without an always-on broadband connection, we'll keep the web, if we can. Ta.