When you've achieved the rock god status of Sir Elton John it's probably easier to spot the next big thing when you see it. Now Sir Elton believes he sees fledgling rock stars in brand new Irish band The Strypes.
According to Contact Music Sir Elton is currently mentoring the group, a hot new Irish band, after falling in love with their music.
In fact the rocker is so sure of their talent he has reportedly invited them to lunch with him at his home in Windsor, England after signing them to his management company. But not only that, Sir Elton has also introduced them to music mogul Chris Thomas, who produced the Sex Pistols and the Beatles' legendary White Album.
During a TV appearence on the Chelsea Lately show, Sir Elton said, 'They're 15 and 16-year-old boys from Ireland and someone sent me a video of them playing on YouTube and here they are playing this Bo Diddley song, You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover. They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years.'
'They're playing music like the Rolling Stones used to or the Yardbirds or the Beatles, and it's astonishing to find kids of that age wanting to play music like that; most kids wanna be Justin Bieber. They're just like a breath of fresh air.'
Oh, and add The Jam's Paul Weller to their growing list of world class admirers. Not bad for some sixteen year olds from County Cavan.
Sir Elton explained how he signed the band. It's like a chapter from a Roddy Doyle novel: 'I phoned the dad - the dad's name is Niall - and we talked about soccer mostly. He said, 'I've been a fan of yours for 35 years...' I said, 'Listen, please give me the chance to meet with the boys'.
'They came for Sunday lunch to my house. They walked through the door and you think, 'God, these boys are stars; they look like the Beatles.' They're amazing and they're great musicians.'
Sometimes you can actually see rock and roll history as it’s being made. Now watch the world take note.