The Elton John impersonator so good he was hired ...by Elton John
Scot’s joy at role in star’s f inal gigs
WITH his flamboyant costumes and electrifying stage performances, Sir Elton John has entertained millions down the decades.
Now as he brings the curtain down on his amazing career with a worldwide tour, a little-known Scots musician has revealed his starring role in the pop legend’s farewell show.
Rus Anderson, 38, was chosen by the Rocket Man himself to play his ‘body double’ in a video sequence which is shown during concert performances.
Having been an Elton tribute performer in the US for more than a decade, it has proved the ultimate accolade for the lifelong fan.
Last night, speaking for the first time about his double life as Sir Elton, Anderson, who is originally from Old Drumchapel, Glasgow, recalled how he was even flown to Los Angeles to meet his hero in person.
He told The Scottish Mail on Sunday: ‘It was a dream come true, for sure, and such an amazing experience – especially getting the chance to actually talk to him.
‘I have been told many times in the past I resembled and even played like a younger Elton but I’d never really thought anything about it. You simply accept the compliments at the time and move on.
‘He has been a major part of my life for so long now and I’m in awe of him.’
The invitation to take part in the video came in an email from the star’s office, saying they were looking for him to play a young Elton for ‘photos and videos to be shown as part of a top secret project’.
Anderson said: ‘When it arrived at first I thought it was a wind-up – thankfully not, however.’ He met his idol at the Hollywood studio of renowned photographer and music video producer David LaChapelle. After being asked to prepare for the photoshoot by donning the glitzy LA Dodgers costume worn by the star for his first performance in America in the 1970s, Anderson says he realised something special was about to happen. The former Bearsden Academy pupil added: ‘We were getting ready for photos in a hospital room set, then in walked Elton. ‘He came right up to me and said, “Hey, Rus from the Dodgers video. You’re doing a great job, young man”. I just muttered, “Thank you so much for the opportunity, Sir Elton”.
‘Then there was music blasting and fog machines. It was like a big party. Never in my life did I think I would get the chance to meet him, far less be photographed together.’
The promo video for the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is a high-energy journey from 1970 until now, seen through Sir Elton’s eyes.
Anderson’s tribute show now regularly attracts thousands of Elton fans in the States. He added: ‘Not only am I a tribute act, I’m extra privileged to have met and worked with him too.’
FLAMBOYANT: Sir Elton John in one of his outrageous stage costumes in the 1970s BODY DOUBLE: Rus Anderson, inset left, and as Sir Elton