Lillywhite appearing on The Music’s latest Producer Series podcast and said, “I’m a big believer in artists who don’t clog up the airwaves with new music just because they think they must release a new album, I love Paul McCartney, I love Elton John… I think they’ve made too many albums. Someone like Billy Joel, who I’m not a big fan of, but he’s a good songwriter; he has not made an album for 20 years [excluding the 2001 Joel-composed classical LP, Fantasies & Delusions] because he hasn’t really thought of what he wants to say.”
He added, “If Billy Joel made a new album, I’d go, ‘That’s going to be interesting’ because he feels like he has something to say now. Paul McCartney, I don’t trust him. Elton John, I don’t trust him. They feel like they want to make a new album because they have to make a new album.”
Lillywhite has worked with Chris Cornell, Counting Crows, Crowded House, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, The Killers, The Stones, U2, XTC among others.
Elton John has 30 studio albums. His last was “Wonderful Crazy Night” in 2016 and McCartney has just as much counting solo and Wings. His last was “New” in 2013 and he’s working on a new one.
Lillywhite was also asked if he’d work with Queen and Adam Lambert on a new album to which he replied, “I wouldn’t ever say never. With Queen, if they decided they wanted to make a new album, I would trust them in the fact that they believed they could make a good album,” – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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