Don’t miss a very special Beats 1 show airing tomorrow Tuesday 29th June 3am BST and 2pm BST. To celebrate the 50th Episode of the Rocket Hour, Elton is joined by special guest Neil Tennant. They chat and play each other music, new and old, and talk about The Pet Shop Boys over the years, gay clubs in Paris, touring, Dusty Springfield and singing at football games.
We haven’t seen blue skies anywhere else in Britain,” muses Sir Elton, as Edinburgh glows in the low evening sun. “That’s because you voted to stay in Europe. You’re the only fucking sensible people in Britain.” He subsequently sums up the political mood of roughly half of the UK, Scots in particular, by playing I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.
Elton John and David Furnish have raised in excess of £3.3 million following their third Woodside Gallery Dinner, which saw a plethora of philanthropists make donations towards the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS and eliminating the stigma associated with the disease.
The first time I met Elton John was in a restaurant in Sydney in 1983. I was on my first tour as an England cricketer and my teammate Ian Botham had invited me along. Beefy loved Elton’s music and Elton was a big fan of cricket – he’d go so far as to schedule concerts to coincide with England’s matches abroad – and so they had become big pals.
In this sixth episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano conducts an exclusive, insightful, hour-long interview with Elton John’s longtime and respected guitarist and touring musical director, Davey Johnstone.