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Sir Elton John spotted browsing Vancouver's record stores (PHOTOS)

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Chandler Walter Mar 09, 2017 8:48 am 7,836

Touch down brought Sir Elton John around Vancouver to find some vinyl records, as the legendary musician was spotted in downtown earlier today.

Sir Elton visited at least two record stores during his vinyl shopping spree, stopping at both Vinyl Records and Beat Street Records on Hastings Street.

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David Jones, manager and owner of Vinyl Records, was fortunate enough to meet Sir Elton, and even had some of his recommendations bought by the musician.

“He was an enthusiastic musicologist,” Jones said. “He went over to the classical I thought ‘Oh I’ll show him the classic stuff that we have’ and he bought some.”

One of those classical records was Bach’s St. Matthew Passion — a version conducted by Otto Klemperer — which went for $140.

Jones said that only a few minutes after he had entered, Sir Elton’s bodyguards asked for the store to be locked up, as a significant crowd had gathered outside.

“We could see a crowd forming because there was all the hype over at the marijuana shop  in the area already,” Jones said. 

Crowds gather for a glimpse of Elton John / Image: Daily Hive

Sir Elton had also been in Beat Street earlier, and Jones said that by the time he left Vinyl Records he had quite a few records in tow. 

“He came over here and he dropped 1,400 bucks. We have a lot of records, and I kind of zoned in on some of the things he might’ve liked,” Jones said. “Then I ended up giving him a couple of free records, and I gave him a discount too.”

Social media soon caught wind of the iconic pop star, and someone from Beat Street was lucky enough to land an autograph on a copy of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The legend Elton John digging at the shop today!!

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Sir Elton John is set to play two shows in Victoria this weekend at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, on March 11–12.

Sir Elton John’s Victoria Shows

Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre –1925 Blanshard St, Victoria

When: March 11 and March 12, 8 pm 

Tickets: At Ticketmaster.ca ($95–$195)


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Chandler Walter
Staff Writer with Daily Hive. Langara Journalism Graduate, subpar photographer, and extremely mediocre tweeter. He wishes he knew how to whistle (even just a little bit) or type with all ten fingers. And yes, like from 'Friends.' Email your story to [email protected]

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