"Burn Down the Mission (including My Baby Left Me/Get Back)"
The first FM radio broadcast live from a studio, with 300 invited guests, including Mary Travers. We were all in the studio wearing headphones as if we were recording an album, but we were playing live. We could all hear each other extremely well. We just jammed, and the 18-minute jam session is some of the finest drum and bass and piano playing I've ever done. We were a bloody good band.
Personally, I was just evolving, like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon. Musically, Reg Dwight was gone. As soon as I changed my name to Elton John, I became Elton. Reg was still there as a person, and that caused a lot of problems later on, because my personal life didn't catch up with my professional life. I was still the shy, retiring boy offstage. But onstage, I was so much more confident. I'd just come to America, meeting people that I loved, being introduced by Neil Diamond, meeting the Band, meeting Dylan, meeting Leon Russell. People like George Harrison giving me telegrams, saying, "What you're doing is great." That gave me such confidence. It kick-started what I already had in my tank, which was, "I'm having a ball here, I can compete with these guys." That's what I try to do for young bands nowadays. If I hear something that's really fantastic, I have to ring them up to say, "This is absolutely brilliant." I think I tracked down Fountains of Wayne in Scandinavia. The guy from the Shins didn't believe it was me [laughs].