The celebrity NME reader reckons it's the most exciting time for rock'n'roll ever...

Celebrity NME reader SIR ELTON JOHN says the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, White Stripes and Kings Of Leon have made 2003 the most exciting year for rock’n’roll music ever.

And the star believes the upbeat nature of music at the moment has created the right climate for his re-release of Seventies rarity ‘Are You Ready For Love’, which is tipped to top the charts after it is made available again on September 1.

He said: “There are a lot of great rock‘n’roll records out these days, thank God. The Darkness, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the new White Stripes record… I don’t think there’s been a more exciting time. It started with

Staind record this year and it seems to have taken off from there, and hopefully all these miserable fuckers like The Darkness and Creed will go out of the window.”

Sir Elton says of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: “It reminds me a bit of AC/DC and I just think the guy’s (frontman Justin Hawkins) incredible to watch – I can’t take my eyes off him. I put the record on and everyone said ‘What’s that?’ I’ve seen an American review of the album and they hate it.”

On his new single, Sir Elton said: “This record was made in 1977 and I remixed it in 1979. It got released on an EP in America and then I really forgot about it. So when someone said it was a big hit on the dancefloor I was completely gobsmacked. I hadn’t listened to it for 25 years.

“It’s just fun. I think that’s maybe what’s going on with ‘Are You Ready For Love’, it’s just an up, fun record. And records like The Darkness – people want to have a good time. It’s good music, it’s rock’n’roll, it’s going back to blues and R&B.

“The Keith Richards interview that you did was very interesting because he more or less said the same thing and it’s true. There are so many good bands coming out and I just think that’s the healthiest thing for music because it gets us away from the ‘Pop Idol’ stuff and concentrates us on what’s exciting.”

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