The stone Château outside Paris Elton John recorded the album named for it in needs a new owner willing to invest a lot of money in its restoration. Elton's Honky Château was the first of many albums recorded in the country estate about 15 miles north of the French capitol. Château d'Hérouville would also be the recording site for Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player and John's epic double release of 1973, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. David Bowie recorded his album Pin Ups there that same year and dozens more came in the ensuing years, including Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull and T-Rex.
The Grateful Dead may not have recorded there, but they did treat some of the locals to a private concert on the grounds of the estate after a nearby festival appearance had ben canceled due to heavy rains in 1971. Jerry Garcia recounted the event, saying, '...we played to a handful of townspeople in Auvers. We played and people came - the chief of police, the fire department, ... and everybody just had a hell of a time - got drunk, fell in the pool. It was great.'
The house and grounds were closed down in 1985 and little or no care has been given the place since. Estimates are that the building would require around a half a million in restoration costs to return it to a liveable state. Word is an unidentified Australian musician might be willing to take that on.