Nigel Olsson is one of the busiest musos on tour anywhere around the globe, with more than 50 years on the road and “closing-in” on his 3000th show.
But despite spending more time than anyone else on stage, much of it in the back seat, the drummer who turns 70 on Monday has no thoughts of ending it with the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour of long-time boss Elton John which, with a schedule of 300 concerts, kicked off in the US in September and comes to the Mission Concert in Napier on February 8 next year.
In a 20-minute phone interview this week from the US, two hours before the night’s show at the fully-enclosed 18,000-seat Pepsi Center, with a blizzard and temperatures below zero outside in Denver, Colorado, Olsson is as enthusiastic as he must have been when he first stepped on stage with John as he answers the question, asked with a certain amount of assumption: “What comes after the farewell tour?”
Photo: Nigel Olsson is coming to Napier with Elton John’s band. Photo / Getty
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Posted: 12 February 2019