Christian O’Connell reveals how he ‘f
Radio star ed’ over Elton JohnHost of Melbourne’s number one FM breakfast show, Christian O’Connell, has revealed how he screwed over Elton John during an intimate show.
VideoImageChristian O’Connell details the moment he wasn’t invited to Jack’s wife’s birthday party. Courtesy: The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Gold 104.3.
Christian O’Connell details the moment he wasn’t invited to Jack’s wife’s birthday party. Courtesy: The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Gold 104.3
Radio star Christian O’Connell has revealed how he “fed” over Elton John.
O was a huge radio star in the UK before he moved to Melbourne in 2018 to host The Christian O Show on Gold 104.3.
In his new book, No One Listens To Your Dad Show, O tells a hilarious story about hosting an intimate concert with Elton John. You can read the extract below.
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a new book called No One Listens To Your Dad’s Show. Picture: Jake NowakowskiSource:News Corp Australia
was Elton John like? asked the therapist raising his eyebrows.
Huh? Wasn he supposed to ask about my life journey, my struggles, overcoming adversity relationship with my mum? A few days after the Elton John interview in his kitchen, he was doing a very exclusive show for my station in a former chapel.
Just 400 guests. That intimate.
I was invited backstage beforehand to say hello, but when I got there I felt this tension and then I was told Elton would only do three songs. He was having some kind of moment.
By this time, with only 20 minutes to go, the audience had settled in and was expecting a very special, hour long show and the radio station had an hour allocated for it to be transmitted live. I shuffled out like it was no big deal, and told my boss the situation.
have to get him to do the full hour, the boss said. Elton John, he does what the fk he wants, I hissed back. We were like that married couple, trying not to have an argument but having an argument.
him do it. is what we pay you for, fix it, find a way, he said and walked off.
Fifteen minutes to showtime, I was given my microphone and told the sequence of lights that would mean we were live across the UK. Then, when it was time to bring Elton John on, the light would turn purple.
All I was thinking was how the hell am I going to get Elton John to sing for an hour when he doesn want to.
to get in position now, said the stage manager.
As I was ushered around the back of the stage, I could hear the excited buzz of the audience. These final minutes before a show, like when I doing a stand up gig, are some of my favourite moments. The excitement, expectation, potential.
All I felt now was panic: What am I going to do?
Elton John performing in Melbourne. Picture: Jake NowakowskiSource:News Corp Australia
An hour ago in a bar around the corner, my wife and I had had a few drinks and we shared in the excitement of what was about to happen, an intimate show with Elton John. Now it looked like this would be a very short intimate show.
Once in the wings I looked out from behind the curtain and scanned the crowd. I saw a grand piano on stage, like a pearl glowing white. It looked magical.
But the party boy wasn feeling it. I got it. To him, it was just a show for some radio competition winners. To me, it was everything.
I whispered to one of Elton team, be OK once he loosens up, more to comfort myself than him.
He formed a half smile like this had happened many times before and it never ended OK.
On the other side of the stage in the wings was the ominous figure of my boss. He glared over like, make it happen. This is what we pay you for! I could think of nothing to solve this and wanted to be anywhere else but there.
Two minutes to go and I saw movement on the other side of the stage. It was Elton John. Sht. I was really nervous now. Should I pray.