Elton John mentoring Irish band

Elton John mentoring Irish band Los Angeles: Singer Elton John is mentoring a group of Irish boys who impressed him with their music.

The 65-year-old came across the band The Strypes after seeing a YouTube video of their performance, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"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`," John said during a US chat show.

"They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years," he added.

John was so impressed by the young boys that he even compared them to Beatles and Rolling Stones.

"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," John said.

"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," he added.