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Empty reviews of Elton shows

Thursday 6 September 2001 @ 18:48 - GMT

Just why Elton dislikes music journalists and their reviews became all too apparent in August, when a little twist entered the annals of writing. Music journalists admit making up gig reviews.

Former NME journalists David Quantick and Stuart Maconie admitted they have reviewed gigs without attending, reported the Press Association on August 20, 2001.

Maconie even wrote that Gracie Slick was great fronting Jefferson Starship at the 1989 Reading Festival, even though she had left the band two years before.

The revelations come in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Lloyd Cole Knew My Father, which blows the lid off the world of rock journalism.

In the show, Quantick tells how he once reviewed three gigs in a week but only heard three songs at one of the shows.

He missed a Fine Young Cannibals gig after a date mix-up, gave his friends his tickets to see Blue Oyster Cult, and got bored of the Elton John show so left after three songs. He made up reviews of all three shows.

Fellow critic Andrew Collins, who also appears in the Edinburgh show, revealed that he was once sent a gift-wrapped box of faeces by The Levellers following a bad review of one of their albums.