Saturday, March 29, 2008

Eldon John


The Willits News recently claimed that Elton visited Mendocino County.

It stated that on March 17, the singer spent time with Linda Byrnes of Natural Choice who, "was the first to figure out it was really Elton John," and that he and his small entourage were on their way from Humboldt County to the Bay Area.

An unconvincing cell phone photo purporting to be Elton with Byrnes accompanied the story, which suggested that the performer may have stopped in Willits because he was friends with the late sculptor and Ferndale resident, Hobart Brown (who died last year), and wanted to see the Kinetic Sculpture Race founded by the artist, as well as the exhibition at Hobart Galleries.

Ellin Beltz of Hobart Galleries has cleared it all up.

Eldon John visited Humboldt County.

Eldon, she explained, does appearances as Elton, including in Asia, and planned to become involved with Bollywood movies.

And it was Eldon, who owns several of Brown's pieces, and who was friends with the artisan for more than 30 years.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Celebrate the EJAF in Australia!


Jodie Crosswell is building on the success of the fan gathering that took place in Werribee Park, Melbourne, Australia, following Elton's solo concerts there last December. Jodie is arranging a "Lunch Around The World Melbourne" event for Saturday May 3, at Prevale Cafe, 236 Union Road, Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Australia. The starting time will be 7.00pm. The venue is easy to find, and public transport stops right outside. For further information please contact Jodie at jodiecroswell@live.com.au

Thank you to these LATW organisers and to everyone who attends these events. If you are thinking of attending, why not take a few friends along as well? LATW events are always friendly gatherings and everyone is welcome. AND every dollar, pound, euro or other money raised is sent to Elton's office in London, England where it is given directly to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Sir Elton!


This Tuesday March 25th, our beloved Sir Elton John will be turning the very grand age of 61.

If you happen to catch Elton John’s show this week at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, you might want to sing “Happy Birthday” to the pop superstar. He turns 61 on Tuesday, and he’ll be celebrating the occasion onstage. (It’ll cost you up to $250 to help him blow out his candles.)

From everyone at eltonjohnnews.blogspot.com, a very happy birthday and lots of love and good health over the coming year.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Special Date With Sir Elton


Excitement was in the air for a few hours on Monday when Sir Elton John stopped in Willits, passing through on his way back to San Francisco after working with the Kinetic Sculpture Race in Humboldt County earlier in the day.
Sir Elton stopped to look for a special necklace or earrings with an ankh, the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that symbolizes "life" for a friend, dropping in first at the Headroom and then Natural Choice.

"I didn't believe it was him," says Pam Grover of the Headroom. "He was so sweet, he was very nice!"
Linda Byrnes owner of Natural Choice was the first to figure out it was really Elton John, but didn't make a big scene because she could tell he was trying to stay out of the limelight.

"After he left my shop," Byrnes explains, "Pam [Grover] came over from next door and asked me if that was actually Elton John. I said it was and she mentioned what a fan of his she was. I went out onto the sidewalk where he had walked to near the Chamber of Commerce and I called him back.

"He turned around and walked back and I told him I wanted him to know that when he sang the song, Candle of the Wind at Princess Diana's funeral, it was the most beautiful song I had ever heard. He thanked me and then I introduced Pam and myself to him. I asked him if he'd like to go to the Shenachie Pub since it was St. Patrick's Day and he said he would love to, but he needed to catch his flight that afternoon, but he would be happy to take me to lunch."

Monday was Byrnes' birthday and she gladly accepted the invitation for lunch. "I told him I was so excited that he showed up for my birthday!" Byrnes laughed.

Sir Elton, his assistant, Byrnes and her daughter, Pristina Henderson, ate at The Loose Caboose, at Sir Elton's treat, with the pop superstar ordering a corn dog, a small vegi-rice soup, water and iced tea.

"He said that the vegi soup was some of the best he's ever had," says Byrnes. "He said that it had a great variety of vegetables and so much flavor."

Sir Elton also mentioned the soup soothed his sore throat. He had cancelled two weekend concerts in Florida for health reasons on the advice of his doctor, according to a press release.

Jack Isborn was the lucky staff member who waited on the table and Liz Day, a waitress at Loose Caboose, was very excited to see Elton John dining in the restaurant.

"He looked so normal, wearing a hat and sunglasses, but he had a beautiful silk dress coat and very cool black and white Oxford wing-tip shoe," says Day.

Byrnes had a pleasant conversation with Sir Elton talking about kids and grandkids, "He almost spit out his water when I said that I had ten grandkids!" Byrnes laughed. While at Loose Caboose, they ran into Pete Swanton owner of the Pub and Byrnes introduced them. After a few photos with the Loose Caboose staff, the group went to Main Street Music where Kate Shaffer, an employee at the music store said, "When I saw him, I stood there with my mouth open! He walked around the store, so nonchalantly and looked around at our selections."

Sir Elton gave autographs to the surrounding group and bid goodbye to everyone. "He said that he needed to head back soon and that he didn't want to draw too much attention." Byrnes noted. "He said he would keep in touch with me and took one of my business cards with him when he left."

He jumped back into the black Hummer driven by his assistant and headed south to catch his flight. "We were just so amazed that it was actually him, and so impressed how nice and humble he was," Byrnes reminisced. "I hope he gives a call when he's back in town next--and hopefully then we can make it to the pub!"

Friday, March 21, 2008

Elton Coming to Singapore, Seoul & Hong Kong Rumored


Elton loves Singapore so much he has requested a concert stop here for his latest Rocket Man - Number Ones tour, according to the Straits Times.

American concert organiser Live Nation's senior vice-president for Asia, Colleen Ironside, says:

''As Elton John very much enjoys coming to Singapore, he asked if it was possible to arrange a show in Singapore en route to Australia for performances there.''

The Briton last performed in the area in 1993 and 2001. The newest show will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 7.

Tickets for the show go on sale on March 28 at 9 a.m.

They are to be priced from $98 to $475.

It is also expected that Elton will shortly announce a date in Seoul, South Korea (The Flower Peace Festival has been proposed, Which includes performances by Rod Stewart and The Alan Parsons Project and will be held at Jamsil Olympic Stadium on May 4 & 5.)

Chugg Entertainment has revealed that Elton is looking at also including Hong Kong in his Asian Tour which will most likely include Darwin on May 17. Broome however, is more likely to be excluded from the tour due to poor interest, and may be replaced by Perth. 

Saturday, March 15, 2008

LATW Comes To Melbourne Australia

A confirmed date for the First Ever Lunch Around the World outside of Europe and America has been announced.
It will be held on the 3rd May 2008 at a restuarant called Prevale located in Ascot Vale Essendon, Melbourne, Australia.

The restaurant address is:

Prevale Cafe
236 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Start time: 7pm
There will be an auction of Elton items which is currently being shipped from Elton John.com

Please forward all enquiries to:
eibrahim@bigpond.net.au

Elton Adds 2nd Red Piano Show in Liverpool

SIR Elton John has added an extra date for his Las Vegas Show ‘The Red Piano’ in Liverpool.

Organisers were quick to add another show after box office telephone lines were swamped by people wanting to see his first ever arena concert in Liverpool.

The star will play at the ECHO Arena on Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18 – and tickets are on sale now.

Elton will be the first musical act to have added a second date at the ECHO Arena, and all within only three hours of going on sale.

The Red Piano show, conceptualised and designed by acclaimed photographer and friend of Elton, David LaChapelle, has been running at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas to packed houses since 2004.

Sir Elton brought the show to London’s O2 Arena in September 2007, to rave reviews, as part of his 60th birthday celebrations and to mark 40 years of touring.

Elton John said: "I can’t wait to see how British audiences react to the Red Piano.

"The show is stuffed with hits, it’s brash, bright and colourful. Over the past four years we have played almost 200 Red Piano shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and every single one has been an event – the band and I have had a ball!

David LaChapelle created the show with the Las Vegas ambience very firmly in mind, but for a long time we have been working towards bringing the show to Europe.

He said: "The show is a visual extravaganza, a collage of all the outrageous and beautiful images Elton has been responsible for in his career.

"I wanted it to sparkle and shine and just be lush - almost edible, like looking at a candy store. Elton has had a lot of fun. There have been some sad parts in his life, but when he’s on that stage I think that he loves it. This was a way of showing that love of performing and pay tribute to it".

To book tickets, go to www.liverpool.com, www.accliverpool.com or call the ECHO Arena box office on 0844 8000 400.

A Sick Elton Postpones Florida Concerts

We regret that, due to sudden illness, Elton John's concert tonight at the Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, USA, has had to be postponed. Under doctor's instructions, the concerts on 15 March at Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, and on 16 March at Stephen O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida are also postponed.

It is expected that Elton will be fit to perform the first show of the Red Piano run at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, on Wednesday 19 March.

Elton's management is currently rearranging the Florida dates and will announce new dates as soon as possible. All tickets for the postponed concerts will be valid for the rescheduled ones, or ticket holders can obtain refunds from their point of purchase.

Elton and his management extend their apologies for the inconvenience caused by this unavoidable rescheduling of the Florida dates.

The rescheduled dates for Elton John's concerts in Florida are as follows:

Wednesday April 23 - Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee
Thursday April 24 - Stephen B. O'Connell Center, Gainesville
Friday April 25 - Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola

All tickets for the postponed concerts will be valid for the rescheduled ones, or ticket holders can obtain refunds from their point of purchase. Elton and his management extend their apologies for the inconvenience caused by this unavoidable rescheduling of the Florida dates.

Tickets for Tallahassee are available at at the Tallahassee Civic Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Order online at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (850) 222.0400 or (800) 322.3602.

Tickets for Gainesville are available at the University Box Office Reitz Union and all Ticketmaster outlets. Order online at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (352)392.1653 or (800) 277.1700.

Tickets for Pensacola are available at the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Order online at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (850) 434.7444.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Elton To Perform at Hillary Clinton's Fundraiser

Elton John & Hillary Clinton - One Night Only" is a solo concert by Elton John in support of Hillary Clinton for President and includes remarks by Senator Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton.

The event will take place at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on April 09, 2008. Tickets start at $100 for Mezzanine seats and $250 for Orchestra seats. For Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Levels starting at $500, please go to www.HillaryClinton.com/Elton or call the campaign office at +1-212-213-3717. The full amounts paid for tickets, except for applicable delivery charges, are considered political contributions to Hillary Clinton for President and are subject to the prohibitions and limitations of federal law. Contributions to Hillary Clinton for President are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. This event is paid for by Hillary Clinton for President.

Red Piano Tour Dates Announced

The outrageous Las Vegas show, Elton John The Red Piano, will come to Britain later this year, with shows at Birmingham NIA (November 19), Liverpool Echo Arena (December 17) and Manchester MEN Arena (December 20).

The Red Piano show, conceptualised and designed by David LaChapelle, (acclaimed photographer and a good friend of Elton), has been running to packed houses at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas since 2004. In September 2007 Elton brought the show to London's O2 Arena as part of his 60th birthday celebrations and to mark 40 years of touring. The reviews were ecstatic - and so was the audience!

The larger-than-life set, complete with Elton's iconic Yamaha red grand piano, has been designed to reflect Elton's flamboyance alongside his peerless musicianship. The theme throughout The Red Piano is love, symbolised by the colour red and articulated through the songs and state-of-the art effects and high-end imagery. During the shows, audiences are treated to live performances of the phenomenal back catalogue of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, including hits such as "Rocket Man", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle In The Wind".

Elton said:"I can't wait to see how British audiences react to the Red Piano. The show is stuffed with hits, it's brash, bright and colourful. Over the past four years we have played almost 200 Red Piano shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and every single one has been an event - the band and I have had a ball! David LaChapelle created the show with the Las Vegas ambience very firmly in mind, but for a long time we have been working towards bringing the show to Europe. Finally, last year, London became Las Vegas when we brought the Red Piano to the O2 Arena - and what a night that was! So this year we're going to sprinkle that Vegas magic over Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. See you there!"

Tickets will be on public sale from Friday 14th March at 9am and can be purchased by calling the venue box office or the Elton John 24hr Credit Card Hotline on 0844 847 2453
Venue Box Offices: BIRMINGHAM NIATel: 0871 945 6000LIVERPOOL Echo ArenaTel: 0844 800 0400MANCHESTER MEN ArenaTel: 0844 847 8000
24hr NATIONAL CREDIT CARD HOTLINES: 0844 847 2453, 0871 231 0835, 0844 888 9991
Book online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk www.seetickets.com www.ticketline.co.uk

Friday, March 7, 2008

UK Red Piano Tour Set For Liverpool

SIR Elton John is coming to Liverpool to wow his fans at the city’s Echo Arena, the Daily Post can reveal.

Although the exact dates remained a closely guarded secret last night, the Rocketman is touring the UK in June and July, and his visit is likely to be part of the city’s Summer Pops season.

Direct from his long- running show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Elton will bring his iconic Yamaha red grand piano to the stage.

The larger than life stage set will be re-created in Liverpool, providing a spectacular glitzy show never before seen outside America.

Designed to reflect the star’s flamboyance, the theme of the show called The Red Piano is love, symbolised by the colour red, state-of-the art effects and high end imagery.

Sir Elton, who congratulated the city on its 800th birthday, has already announced dates in Swansea, Darlington and Doncaster.

Speaking to the Post earlier this year, he said: “Liverpool has always been one of my favourite cities, both as a place to perform and as a city that has produced so much lively talent in so many different fields.”

Speaking on his current tour, he added: “The Red Piano is totally different from anything I’ve done in Britain before.

“It’s a fun-filled show and I’m going to have a lot of fun doing it.”

With a career spanning four decades, 500 tracks and 32 albums, Sir Elton celebrated his 60th birthday last year.

The Liverpool dates of the tour are set to be announced next week.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Kitchener & Sudbury Review

Some 40 years after releasing his first album, British pop singer-songwriter-pianist Elton John finally made his debut at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex -- or The Aud, as it's known locally.

The occasion was one of only two Canadian stops on his 2008 Rocket Man Tour, the other unlikely one being Sudbury Arena on Sunday night.

Apparently, the 60-year-old John -- who last played the Toronto area in 2006 at the Air Canada Centre -- wanted to play in markets he never had before after already booking a private gig on Saturday night in Ontario.

"It's great to come to these places," said John to huge cheers. "Too many people don't come to these places -- people deserve entertainment."

The 6,000 odd tickets available in Kitchener sold out in under a half-hour and while the 50-year-plus-old venue has hosted the likes of The Who and Led Zeppelin in the past, John's visit is by far the biggest in recent years. (Hilary Duff and Michael Buble have also made stops.)

Last night, John -- decked out in a black sequined jacket with tails, an electric blue shirt, black pants with the same blue piping down the sides, blue tinted glasses, and a large diamond encrusted cross necklace -- kept things intimate, playing alone on a stripped-down stage, seated at a black Yamaha piano, although he frequently got up to take a bow, wave at the audience or take a sip of water between songs.

The strategy worked.

The show opener, Your Song, got the first of many standing ovations from the crowd.

"It's great to be here, that song was the breakthrough for me as an artist in 1970, it came from an album called Elton John," said the singer, who followed up with Sixty Years On, The Greatest Discovery, I Need You to Turn To, and Border Song, also from that classic disc.

The minimum flash -- slick lighting and images, synthesized strings and the occasional vocal reverb aside -- showed off just how good a piano player he really is and how strong his voice remains.

The keyboard flourish he displayed on Honky Cat, Philadelphia Freedom -- the first song to produce an actual clapalong (the second one was the later standout Bennie and the Jets) -- I Guess That's Why They Call it The Blues, Levon and Tonight were particular highlights as were his slowly-building vocals on Rocket Man.

After an incredibly strong opening dedicated to his breakthrough disc, he jumped around his 40-year-career, moving into Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes from 2001's Songs From the West Coast; Daniel from 1973's Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player; Honky Cat, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters from 1972's Honky Chateau; Tiny Dancer from 1971's Madman Across the Water, and so on.

He even dedicated Sacrifice to his "extended family" in the crowd, that would be the Furnish clan related to his longtime partner and Canadian husband David Furnish, who he wed in a civil ceremony in England in December 2005, and later reminded the audience that Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word was written and recorded in Toronto in 1976.

And while there were hits aplenty during the two-hour-and-40-minute show, John also pulled out such live rarities as Nikita, Ticking, and Roy Rogers just to keep things really interesting.

The crowd finally rushed the stage for Bennie and the Jets, which John spiced up with a snippet of In the Mood, and remained there for Crocodile Rock, and the encore numbers I'm Still Standing and Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me.