Elton John stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday night to talk about Glee, American Idol, and his upcoming gig hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singer was asked by the late night show host about having his songs covered on this week’s episode of American Idol, and the singer tossed his two cents about cover songs and artists being upset over their music being used on songs like Glee on Fox. His words went specifically towards one band in particular, Kings of Leon. The band is one of the best known examples of a band adamantly opposed to their music being used by the series. Others have attacked Glee as well for covering music. Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters is another recent example.
Elton John held nothing back with his comments on Friday, according to Entertainment Weekly: . Â“ThereÂ’s a big debate going on about the Glee thing at the moment,Â” said John. “A lot of bands say, Â‘We donÂ’t want our stuff on Glee.Â’ Like, Â‘Lighten up, you aÂ—Â—- Â… I mean, this is a compliment. Also, it sends a positive message out. What the hell is wrong with you guys? Kings of Leon, yeah Â… lighten up guys, cÂ’mon Â… Listen, when someone wants to do your song, itÂ’s a compliment.”
Is it a compliment? Some would say yes. It is no different than a cover band taking a song and performing it on stage. On Glee, people just know it is happening. The series takes songs and shares them on-air, and not every band sees the flattery in it. It is a good thing though. It brings new attention to music already out, but the artist has the ultimate decision on whether or not a song should be used.
It is Kings of Leon’s right to not have their song covered, but the fact that they have been so vocal and adamantly opposed to it is getting them even more attention. Even Elton John noticed. That says something. What do you think? Is Elton John right? Check out his interview with Jimmy Fallon.
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