Superstar Elton pops into Brighton pub for talent-spotting

The Argus: Sir Elton John at Mrs Fitzherberts for a gig by Irish rockers The Strypes Sir Elton John at Mrs Fitzherberts for a gig by Irish rockers The Strypes

A rock superstar stunned revellers at a tiny gig when he paid a surprise visit to watch an up-and-coming band.

Sir Elton John arrived at the 100-capacity Mrs Fitzherberts pub in Brighton on Sunday afternoon (December 16) for a gig by Irish rockers The Strypes.

Onlookers gaped as the Rocket Man relaxed in the venue’s small bar area with his security guards before catching the group’s set upstairs.

Bar manager Jennifer Roberts said staff had been “in a state of disbelief” when the superstar suddenly swept in with his entourage.

She said: “It was completely surreal. Everyone was very starstruck. We didn’t even know he was coming.

“He came in with his people and ordered a drink, very low key, very relaxed. It was strange to see a face you know so well in our pub. We tried just to leave him alone really so he could have a good time.”

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The legendary rocker had come to see The Strypes, a hotly-tipped young four-piece who recently signed up with his management company.

The band, from Cavan in Ireland, also recently signed a record deal with Mercury Records which released an Elton John remix album earlier this year.

In years gone by the Your Song singer was known as a notorious hellraiser, but on Sunday those days appeared long gone as he sat quietly with a drink.

Bar manager Jennifer Roberts said: “He looked very dapper but he didn’t say much.

“It was all quite understated really. People kept on coming in downstairs and being told Elton John was in the building, but no one believed it.”

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5:12pm Tue 18 Dec 12

billy goat-gruff says...

I was there! They're an amazing band for 16-year olds, playing songs popularised by the Yardbirds and other 60s beat/blues bands… They played support at the Hope the night before...
I was there! They're an amazing band for 16-year olds, playing songs popularised by the Yardbirds and other 60s beat/blues bands… They played support at the Hope the night before... billy goat-gruff

7:05pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Roundbill says...

The headline "teenage pop group stalked by ageing singer" doesn't have quite the same positive spin, does it?
The headline "teenage pop group stalked by ageing singer" doesn't have quite the same positive spin, does it? Roundbill

7:39pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

Great players, without a doubt. The guitarist is exceptional.
The singer is slightly dodgy though. Bit difficult to create a lived in bluesers voice, when your voice has only just broken!
Great players, without a doubt. The guitarist is exceptional. The singer is slightly dodgy though. Bit difficult to create a lived in bluesers voice, when your voice has only just broken! Ballroom Blitz

7:40pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

By the way, why does Elton John need dark glasses in a very dark pub? Idiot.
By the way, why does Elton John need dark glasses in a very dark pub? Idiot. Ballroom Blitz

4:50am Wed 19 Dec 12

IShouldoftriedharder says...

Mitctrix, it may have not been deliberate, but your sentence is one of the most beautiful, concise, poetic , and contemporary phrases I have ever read. I have already quoted you on multiple websites. Not to worry, I have referenced you in all replications. Lol indeed.
Mitctrix, it may have not been deliberate, but your sentence is one of the most beautiful, concise, poetic , and contemporary phrases I have ever read. I have already quoted you on multiple websites. Not to worry, I have referenced you in all replications. Lol indeed. IShouldoftriedharder

9:42am Wed 19 Dec 12

Number Six says...

Wouldn't the Queens Head have been more appropriate?
Wouldn't the Queens Head have been more appropriate? Number Six

12:57pm Wed 19 Dec 12

winged says...

Number Six- So just because Elton is gay and visiting Brighton, he should drink in a gay venue? Are you suggesting you would be uncomfortable of you saw him in a "straight" pub?
I'm sure he has a lot more going on in his life and other interests other than being gay.
How very dissapointing of you. Actually on second thought, nothing surprises me from some readers of The Argus.
Number Six- So just because Elton is gay and visiting Brighton, he should drink in a gay venue? Are you suggesting you would be uncomfortable of you saw him in a "straight" pub? I'm sure he has a lot more going on in his life and other interests other than being gay. How very dissapointing of you. Actually on second thought, nothing surprises me from some readers of The Argus. winged

1:13pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Number Six says...

Oh dear winged. Been at the pompous pills today, have we? It was meant as a harmless whimsy and since I've heard Elton refer to himself as an "Old Queen" I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have taken offence. Then again he doesn't need to when there are people ready to take offence on his behalf
Oh dear winged. Been at the pompous pills today, have we? It was meant as a harmless whimsy and since I've heard Elton refer to himself as an "Old Queen" I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have taken offence. Then again he doesn't need to when there are people ready to take offence on his behalf Number Six

7:24pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Rev Enge says...

Did he Pop into each member of the band?
Did he Pop into each member of the band? Rev Enge

9:13pm Wed 19 Dec 12

mictrix says...

probably popped in for a bit of dick lol
probably popped in for a bit of dick lol mictrix

9:16pm Wed 19 Dec 12

gusset snatcher says...

I wonder if he'd have lavished the same attention on them if they were females.... as Harold H Corbett used to say to Wilfred Bramble........ 'you dirrrrrtee ol' man'
I wonder if he'd have lavished the same attention on them if they were females.... as Harold H Corbett used to say to Wilfred Bramble........ 'you dirrrrrtee ol' man' gusset snatcher

8:37pm Sun 6 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

what a dirty old bas***d lol should know better at his age hahahaha filthy perv
what a dirty old bas***d lol should know better at his age hahahaha filthy perv imnotpc

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