Sir Elton John is mentoring a hot new Irish band after falling in love with their music.
The rocker invited the members of The Strypes to lunch with him at his home in Windsor, England and now he has signed the teenagers to his management company and hooked them up with music mogul Chris Thomas, who produced the Sex Pistols and the Beatles' White Album.
During a Tv chat with pal Dave Grohl on U.S. show Chelsea Lately, Elton said, "They're 15 and 16-year-old boys from Ireland... and someone sent me a video of them playing on YouTube and here they are playing this Bo Diddley song, You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover... They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years.
"They're playing music like the Rolling Stones used to or the Yardbirds or the Beatles, and it's astonishing to find kids of that age wanting to play music like that; most kids wanna be Justin Bieber... They're just like a breath of fresh air.
"I phoned the dad - the dad's name is Niall - and we talked about soccer mostly... He said, 'I've been a fan of yours for 35 years...' I said, 'Listen, please give me the chance to meet with the boys'.
"They came for Sunday lunch to my house... They walked through the door and you think, 'God, these boys are stars; they look like the Beatles'. They're amazing and they're great musicians."