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MUSIC NOTES: Elton John Changes His Tune

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Elton John is back. Well, at least for now. After announcing his retirement to a capacity crowd in New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday night, the temperamental pop singer changed his tune at a concert Saturday, Reuters reports.

"Basically, he said it was a load of bollocks," his spokesman, Paul Carey, said. "He did it on the spur of the moment when there were technical problems going on."

Carey said that nobody in the singer's camp was surprised by the latest threat to resign: "He's probably said it a hundred times before.

MORE TEMPERAMENTAL BRIT NEWS: Pop singer George Michael blasted the British pop industry on Sunday, citing its obsession with "pretty young things" for the decrease in sales and quality of British music, Reuters reports.

In an article in Sunday's Times of London, Michael said the industry's corporate executives are ignoring talented musicians and instead taking bands out of stage school, pushing them around and taking the credit for their success.

"I find myself sympathizing with the Americans," Michael told the Times. "Why should they buy this rubbish? Even we aren't buying it in any great numbers."

GARTH BROOKS, HERO: Garth Brooks saved the lives of two boys near Tulsa, Okla., on Friday, The Associated Press reports. The boys, ages 14 and 10, were home alone when the country superstar knocked on the neighbors' door (his in-laws live nearby and he is reportedly building a home in the area) to alert them of a fast-moving grass fire heading toward the house.

Brooks drove the boys through dense smoke to safety. The boys were unaware of their lifesaver until a neighbor told them, and firefighters were able to stop the blaze about two feet from the boys' home.

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