Elton John blasts the Internet

Elton John wants to shut down the Internet, says it hurts music

Rocket Man Elton John is wading into waters he doesn't admit to knowing much about -- the Internet.

As reported in the London tabloid, The Sun, Sir Elton suggests that the Internet is destroying music. "The Internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff," wrote John in a bylined story in The Sun.

"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," said John, who turns 60 this year.

Elton wants the Internet shut down for five years to see how the production of music is affected during that span.

Although all of John's music is composed at a piano, he has perhaps unwittingly used the Internet in other ways. He streamed his concert in New York's Madison Square Garden over the Internet last year. And John, who doesn't carry a cell phone or iPod, said this year that ringtones of his music for mobile phones would be available and that his back catalogue of music would be able to be exclusively downloaded from Apple's iTunes.

When it comes to the Internet, John isn't a complete Luddite. You, of course, can visit his official Web site. And you can buy tickets for his shows in Las Vegas on, of all places -- you guessed it -- the Internet.

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Deni Connor

Network World

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