Friday, February 27, 2009
Elton and Billy Joel have just announced a concert at the Bell Center, home of the Canadian ice-hockey team Montreal Canadiens.
The dates is:
3 June 2009, Bell Center, Montreal, Canada
Thursday, February 26, 2009
MARGARITA'S, Star Wars-style costumes, Indian head-gear and guyliner.
Just a normal Monday lunchtime for wacky newcomers Empire Of The Sun.
The psychedelic Aussie duo are on a mission to conquer the world - and I wouldn't bet against it.
Created by LUKE STEELE (the mastermind behind THE SLEEPY JACKSON) and NICK LITTLEMORE (one half of techno duo PNAU), they immediately had me hooked as I'm greeted by the gentle strumming of a guitar.
"Beci, oh Beci, Beci. Beci from The Sun. Oh Beci, yeahhhhhhhhhh, she likes to have fun..." Luke sang.
Any thoughts of the world's economic crisis or my hangover are instantly forgotten as we launched into a series of bizarre conversations about the moon, granny pants, boobs and Stonehenge.
Nothing they say makes much sense - however you've got to applaud the boys for their ultra-ambitious grand plan.
They've already created a splash with Walking On A Dream, watch above, the title track from their spectacular new album which is the perfect example of the year's infectious electro-pop sound.
Now they are going to travel around the world to make music videos for each song on the LP and merge them into a feature film with an all-star cast.
Nick said: "ELTON JOHN will probably be involved. He is a huge fan of EOTS and loves our plans. He's a fun guy. He might play a dog."
However Luke - who met Nick in Sydney in 2000 through a label friend - chipped in: "I don't think he'll want to be a dog so we'd better make him an elephant. He's very grand."
Luke added: "We've written a script which is changing all the time. We're trying to get someone like FOREST WHITAKER to be the voice of God."
Nick also has plans to get BRANDON FLOWERS on board after forging a friendship with THE KILLERS while working together in 2006.
While Nick recalled how Elton hunted him down in Australia after connecting with Pnau's music.
He said: "He rung me up and told me one of Pnau's albums was one of the best he's ever heard.
"We've become good friends and he really likes the visual concept of EOTS.
"We've been round his house for tea and spoken a lot about our ideas. He's such a big star and appreciate any input he gives.
"He loves visual and theatrical masterpiece we are trying to create. I love his costumes too but he seems to have toned them down a bit recently which is a shame.
"I loved the 70s when people were flamboyant - it's time to be more out there again."
Luke continued: "There are discussions to film one video at Elton's country estate in Windsor. So far Walking On A Dream was filmed with emperors in China and We Are The People in Mexico.
"Mexico was a life-changing experience and we'd like to go back but each video is taking us somewhere different.
"Iceland is next but then I think we'll be ready to hit the UK.
"Stonehenge is an idea also."
There is also talk about enticing a group of The Sun's Page 3 girls to make an appearance.
Nick said: "They are something of a tradition here in England so of course they would be more than welcome."
Luke added: "I find it funny that you guys have these women but it's great."
Despite their mesmorising presence and confidence the band have NEVER performed a live gig together.
Luke said: "I sung on Pnau's single, With You Forever, but no one has seen Empire Of The Sun, the finished article.
Nick continued: "With so much negativity around the world we love the idea of creating something fun. Kids can lose their innocence so young these days but hopefully they can use their imagination, connect with colours and the essence of what we do.
"But grannies like us too. Our fans range from five to 85. My gran and all of her friends love out music and they've been singing along. There is the idea of a concert in an old age residence."
With so much hype around the band, I question why exactly they are holding back the live dates.
Nick says: "We are trying to be cautious not to oversaturate the music industry as we've done that with our other individual bands.
"We don't want people to get fed up. We want people to listen to our music and get familiar with it. We can then hopefully treat fans to a spectacular show that they will remember."
With so many weird and wonderful ideas, the prospect is a mouth-watering one.
Six months is a long time to wait - but an out of this world experience is surely guaranteed.
"We're planning some concerts for October time but they will be more like a show and narrated. We are storytellers.
"There will be an extravagant set and it will be on on a grand scale. We're not quite sure exactly how it will work but it will be visual and colourful.
"We've been picking up bits and pieces for the show as we've been travelling around the world. I got some drapes from Mexico and a necklace from JAY-Z when I was in New York."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Elton and the band are to play concerts in Colorado Springs, Rapid City, Laramie and Denmark. The Denmark date is June 16, 2009, Sonderborg Castle, Sonderborg, Denmark.
After years of playing his "Red Piano" show to a sold-out Las Vegas theater, Elton John is back on the road.
John recently announced two regional dates - April 3 at Laramie, Wyoming's Arena Auditorium and April 4 at Colorado Springs' World Arena. The Springs show is John's first Colorado date since a May 2005 show at Denver's Pepsi Center.
Tickets for the Springs show, $67-$127, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at ticketswest.com. Tickets for the Laramie show, $35-$85, will go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday at wyomingathletics.com. The Laramie show is a benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, a long-time concern of John's.
"Ten years ago, Sir Elton did a concert in Laramie to benefit the Foundation," Judy Shepard, the foundation's executive director, said in a statement. "It was wonderful beyond description. He is a gracious and generous human being. We are sincerely grateful for his continuing support."
John, who has sold more than 200 million records, is playing these dates with his band after a couple weeks of touring with fellow pianist Billy Joel. On April 7, he'll be back at Vegas' Caesar's Palace for another string of "Red Piano" dates.
The Rocket Man is returning to South Dakota. Elton John will perform in Rapid City on Wednesday, April 1 as part of his 2009 tour: Rocket Man, Number Ones.
Ticket prices range from $47 to $97; there is a limit of 6 tickets per customer.
Reserved tickets will be available at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office or Silverado in Deadwood. You can also online at www.gotmine.com or charge by phone at 605-394-4111 or 800-GOTMINE.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
For stars not attending the Academy Awards ceremony itself, the gala – now in its 17th year – is widely considered the best place to be seen on the big night, aside from Vanity Fair magazine's exclusive after-party.
The 650 celebrity guests, welcomed by Sir Elton and his civil partner, David Furnish, included actors Kiefer Sutherland and Sharon Stone, model Elle Macpherson and singer Natasha Bedingfield.
With a 3,500-dollar (£2,400) price tag per ticket, there was no sign of the current recession at the fund-raiser for the Elton John Aids Foundation, held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
As he arrived at the soirée, Sir Elton said there was "no way" he worried about paring down the party in light of global economic woes.
"We give them the best that they can possibly afford," he said.
"It's beautiful inside the tent, the food's great, everyone will be served the best wines, but they need to be because they've paid an awful lot of money for a seat," he added.
The musician was closely involved in the organising even the smaller details, saying he chose the crockery, cutlery and waiters himself.
"You won't see an ugly waiter here," he joked to reporters. "I'm hands-on with the waiters more than the cutlery."
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and a five-course dinner while they watched the televised Oscars ceremony, followed by an auction and a performance by Sir Elton and R&B star Raphael Saadiq.
Top New York-based designer Antony Todd was responsible for the event's opulent decor, which had a colour scheme described as cream, black and "mirror accent".
Los Angeles chef Wayne Elias took care of the lavish meal, which kicked off with a seasonal salad with smoked scamorza, pomegranate reduction and tarragon vinaigrette.
When asked if he would be checking out the food, Ramsay joked: "You don't come here to eat."
The fiery chef, joined by his wife Tana, said Sir Elton was "your sort of perfect granddad".
"The man certainly knows how to throw a party. Good day for the Brits."
But Ramsay was not planning to hit the dance floor, commenting: "I'm not very good at dancing – 15 stone doesn't really dance well."
Glamour girl Katie Price, aka Jordan, appeared in a long, black Lloyd Klein gown and had pop star husband Peter Andre in tow.
Asked who took longer getting ready, she said: "Pete – always. He must have washed his hair and changed it about five different times."
Andre, in a black shirt and tux, said: "It's not exactly true. I normally take five minutes but today I took a bit longer, even though she's the glamorous one."
Beckham, fresh from the success of her fashion collection launch in New York, continued the trend for long, black dresses. Likewise English actress Kate Beckinsale, who said she was hoping for "a Pot Noodle and a cup of tea" at the bash.
Exclusive items up for grabs in the auction included a short break for 10 guests at the 380-year-old Chateau de Balleroy in Normandy and a one-hour hitting session with tennis champ Andy Roddick.
Well-heeled couples could also bid to accompany Sir Elton and Furnish to the Vanity Fair party later in the night – one of the most difficult invitations to obtain in the Hollywood calendar.
Last year Sir Elton's event raised a record 5.1 million dollars (£3.5 million) and he hoped this year's would be as successful.
He said: "We need that money because we have to give that money to people who desperately need it."
Sunday, February 22, 2009
SIR Elton John has handpicked a little known Scots singer to support him at one of this summer's most spectacular gigs.
I can reveal the legendary star will play the SECC in Glasgow on June 10 in a gig billed as "The Only Scottish Show This Year".
Katie 'Pearl' Sutherland, 21, could not believe it when her band Pearl And The Puppets were invited to open for him.
Elton, who has a reputation for spotting new talent, snapped up her band for his management company, 21 Artists, whose roster includes James Blunt and Lily Allen.
Pearl said: "I got a call saying 'How would you like to play the SECC with your lovely friend Elton John?' "I let out such a scream my parents thought somebody had died."
Pearl first met the music legend at the 21 Artists staff Christmas party in 2008.
She said: "Elton said 'You must be Pearl' and kissed me. He knew my songs and later got me a support for Sugababes in London. After the gig he phoned to say he'd received loads of emails saying I was great.
"I admire Elton so much for what he's achieved.
"He's given me some great advice and been very supportive.
"When someone you look up to loves what you're doing, it's a nice feeling."
Pearl admits she will be nervous when the lights go down at the SECC.
She revealed: My first SECC gig was going to Westlife when I was only 14.
"To think I'll be on that stage instead of sitting in the audience is amazing. It's a great opportunity."
Tickets for Sir Elton's gig - priced £50-£35 - go on sale on Wednesday at the SECC box office. Call 0844 395 4000.
Elton will be headlining the 2009 Norway Rockfest on June 18 at Rådhusplassen, Haugesund.
The superstar is also rumored to be performing at Skagerak stadion in Skien on June 20th.
An event not to be missed will take place on July 7, 2009 at the Verona Arena, Verona, Italy. Sir Elton John will perform alongside Anastacia for a one night only concert experience, the music legends only Italian concert for 2009.
Tickets can be purchased at TicketOne.it
Friday, February 20, 2009
The rooms at the Peninsula Hotel aren’t exactly haunted with legendary tales of debauchery or wild celebrity parties, but "Room 23," a coffee table book featuring a long list of celebrities intimately photographed behind the closed doors of a room in the hotel, gives a tiny glimpse of what the scene might be if such stories did exist.
Shot by L.A.-based photographer Deborah Jenkins and produced by socialite/entrepreneur Diana Jenkins, the book snaps such celebs as George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Donald Sutherland lounging in a room at the Peninsula. Some images are mild and straightforward, black and white candids, others are provocative, suggestive and sexually overt images of some of your favorite stars.
Jenkins hosted a launch party for the book at the Peninsula ballroom Tuesday night and the celebrity turnout was no less impressive than the ones who fill the pages of "Room 23." Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Cindy Crawford, Lindsay Lohan, Cheryl Tiegs, Larry King and Anthony Kiedis all came out to support Jenkins, a mutual friend and the reason most of them agreed to take part in the book. Proceeds from the sale of the book will support programs at the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on International Justice and the Irnis Catic Foundation.
The eclectic crowd made people-watching feel like sport. There was '80s MTV veejay Downtown Julie Brown holding a dance party reminiscent of “The Grind,” Sir Elton John and David Furnish greeting Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic, and perennial party-goer Lindsay Lohan making her way through the crowd to say hello to Jenkins.
Guests dined on upscale comfort food like black truffle mac 'n cheese, French fries, quesadillas and mini cheeseburgers, and washed it down with Jenkins’ new line of nutritional supplement drinks called Neuro Brand, which address everything from mood enhancement to sexual performance. Hopefully Jenkins has one for hangovers in the works.
Elton John and Billy Joel will perform together this summer at Nationals Park, the stadium's’ first music concert since opening last year.
“The Nationals are thrilled to host the Face to Face Tour with Elton John and Billy Joel for the first-ever concert at Nationals Park,” said Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten in a statement. “Undoubtedly this will be a remarkable inaugural evening of music out under the stars, showcasing the ballpark’s capabilities as a premier summer concert venue.”
The concert is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. and range from $56.50 to $182.
John and Joel first toured together in 1994 starting with three sold out shows at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium.
Below is the set-list from their very last Face to Face concert together:
"Just the Way You Are"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
"Funeral for a Friend"/"Love Lies Bleeding"
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
"I Want Love"
"I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
"Take Me to the Pilot"
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
"Scenes From an Italian Restaurant"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Angry Young Man"
"River of Dreams"
"New York State of Mind"
"It's Still Rock'n'Roll to Me"
"Only the Good Die Young"
"The Bitch Is Back"
"You May Be Right"
"Benny and the Jets"
"Hard Day's Night"
"Great Balls of Fire"
Flamboyant rocker SIR ELTON JOHN missed the chance to meet his all-time hero, jazz musician OSCAR PETERSON, before he died - because he was too starstruck.
John reveals the pianist helped shape his musical style, but he couldn't muster up the courage to introduce himself when they both found themselves in the same Paris, France restaurant, shortly before Peterson's death in 2007, at the age of 82.
Speaking during a guest hosting slot on pal Elvis Costello's music talk show Spectacle, John says, "A couple of years ago, I was in a restaurant in Paris and Oscar Peterson came in in a wheelchair with his daughter - and I was too shy to say hello.
"And I've always regretted it, because he died soon after."
More stars have been announced for Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert -- A Celebrity Benefit for Equal Rights, at the Gershwin Theatre on Monday, February 23 at 8:00 pm. Schele Williams and Anthony Galde will direct the evening, with musical direction by James Sampliner. Judy Gold and Carson Kressley will serve as co-hosts.
The event will benefit the Family Equality Council, Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality, and The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, five charitable organizations working to promote equality and protect civil rights for the gay and lesbian community. The concert will include the Broadway debut of Marc Shaiman's Prop 8 - The Musical, a special performance by Stephen Schwartz, and a special video message from Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
The star-studded cast will include Douglas Carter Beane, Shoshana Bean, PJ Benjamin, Mike Birbiglia, Stephanie J. Block, Tamara Braun,Daniel Breaker, Kerry Butler, Lynda Carter, Gavin Creel, Harvey Fierstein, Jane Fonda, John Gallagher, Jr., Malcolm Gets, Jonathan Groff, Jayne Houdyshell, Crystal Hunt, Mark Indelicato, Allison Janney, Capathia Jenkins, Cyndi Lauper, Nathan Lane, Laughing Pizza, Adriane Lenox, Cameron Mathison, Rue McClanahan, Phyllis Newman, Keith Olbermann, Nicole Parker, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Porter, Seth Rudetsky, Sherri Saum, Reverend Al Sharpton, Carole Shelley, Christopher Sieber, Doug Spearman, Sally Struthers, Tamara Tunie, Michael Urie, and Scott Wittman.
The performance will also feature The Broadway Boys, The Gay Men's Chorus, members of the closing cast of Gypsy, original cast members from Spring Awakening, and cast members from Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple national tour, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Saturday Night Live, South Pacific, Sesame Street, Don't Quit Your Night Job, Hair, and Wicked.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tickets for the July 21 Elton John-Billy Joel concert at Wrigley Field sold pretty fast. In a move that's not really a surprise, a second date has been added. The promoters sent an email to ticket holders informing them of the decision. The original show on July 21 is still on but the second show will now happen on July 16. In addition to the second show, ticket holders for the 21st can stop by this website and apply to have their tickets swapped for "comparable" seats for the show on the 16th if they prefer. The deadline for applying for the seat swap is 5 p.m. this Saturday, February 21. So far, there's no concrete general on sale information for the newly added show but it can't be too far away.
According to the Live Nation website, tickets go on sale Monday at high noon.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Vancouver's A-list turned out at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver last night to help superstar musician Diana Krall raise more than $2 million for Vancouver General Hospital and patients with blood-related cancers.
Billed as an evening with Krall, James Taylor, Elton John and Elvis Costello, 550 invitation-only guests attended the event.
Guests heard Krall deliver the world-debut of her arrangement of ``Walk on By'' from her soon to be released album and then received an impromptu solo performance from fellow guest Sarah McLachlan.
The live auction also turned heads as two bidders each paid $250 thousand for the chance to have their own lyrics set to music penned, performed and recorded by Elton John.
Once is not enough for Billy and Elton when it comes to Philly.
After selling out one show at Citizens Bank Park in about 20 minutes, Elton John and Billy Joel have added a second show on Aug. 1.
Tickets for the show will go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday. The first show, billed as the Rocket Man and the Piano Man, is the day before, July 30, at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the piano wizards will be available by phone from ComcastTIX at 1-800-298-4200, or online at ComcastTIX.com. If you're old fashioned you can to to the Wachovia Center box office as well as select Acme Markets.
Tickets go for $49.50, $95 and $175.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Elton John's Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends.
Will Clark is set to direct "Pride and Predator," which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about.
Shooting will begin in London later this year. John exec produces, and his Rocket partners Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish are producing.
Clark, who directed award-winning short "The Amazing Trousers," wrote the script with Andrew Kemble and John Pape.
"It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect," Furnish said.
John will supervise the music, as he does in each Rocket-produced film.
The company is in production on the CG-animated "Gnomeo and Juliet" for Miramax/Disney; James McAvoy and Emily Blunt voice the title characters. Rocket is also behind the Sundance series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With ..."
Monday, February 16, 2009
Dying Jade Goody is to marry boyfriend Jack Tweed next weekend - at Sir Elton John's £20million mansion.
The pop superstar offered to host the wedding because he has been so moved by Jade's brave battle against cancer.
Jade plans to sell the rights to cover the ceremony for £3million - which she will stash away for sons Bobby, five, and Freddy, four.
She and Jack will then make a pilgrimage to the healing shrine at Lourdes - because drugs have failed to stop the cancer spreading.
Jade, 27, said: "If no medicines are going to make me better, I'm going to need a miracle."
The Big Brother star was speaking from her hospital bed after an emotional reunion with her boys.
She had not seen them for a fortnight after being taken in for an emergency operation.
But on Friday she told her mum Jackiey: "Get me my children. I want to see them here."
Jade was in tears as she cuddled Bobby and Freddie.
But her last words to them as they left with Jackiey and personal trainer Kevin Adams were: "Make sure you put on your biggest smiles."
Jade and Jack, 21, have often discussed tying the knot.
But they agreed to fix a date urgently after doctors told Jade last week there was nothing more they could do.
Jack formally proposed at London's Royal Marsden Hospital on Friday.
And the couple were said to be "staggered" when Sir Elton, 61, offered put his luxury home - a stone's throw from Windsor Castle - at their disposal.
Jade and Jack, who is on licence from a jail sentence for assault, have told wedding organisers they only want family and their closest friends at the ceremony.
The guest list will include Sir Elton, singer Jamelia, BB presenter Davina McCall and PR guru Max Clifford - and Jackiey will give Jade away.
Jade has made no secret that she wants to marry Jack.
She has been dating him on and off for nearly three years after splitting with TV presenter Jeff Brazier - the father of her sons.
She said recently: "Jack hasn't formally proposed but we've been talking about it for months.
"It's going to happen. I don't know exactly when we'll do it but it will be sooner rather than later because I might not have long."
She added: "I want it to be perfect - but I don't want a big princess wedding. I've got my unique little ceremony worked out in my head.
"I want to get married twice - once here and once in another country. But I'm not saying where."
Jade has told pals she will visit Lourdes soon after marrying Jack.
The town, in south-west France, is credited with dozens of miracle cures since a local woman claimed the Virgin Mary appeared to her in 1858.
It now attracts millions of sick people every year.
A source close to Jade confirmed: "She has set her sights on making the pilgrimage to Lourdes - she's made no secret of the fact she has turned increasingly to religion after finding out she had cancer.
"But the visit to Lourdes all depends on Jade being strong enough to travel.
"She wants to make the journey in the next two weeks." Jade has yet to break the news to Bobby and Freddie that doctors cannot cure her illness.
Before Friday's visit, she had only told them she has "tadpoles"
in her tummy which were making her ill.
But yesterday her spokesman said: "She's going to tell the boys the tadpoles in her tummy have got bigger.
"And in the coming weeks she's going to have to explain to them what's happening to her."
Meanwhile, Jade is determined to put a brave face on her plight.
A source close to her said last night: "She wants the world to know that despite the bleakness of the situation she is still happy - because she has seen her boys.
"All week she had been desperate to see them and on Friday when they arrived it brought light into what had been a dark few days.
"There were lots of hugs and kisses and they enjoyed a snack lunch together. Had it not been for the reality of the situation, it would have been a great family day out.
"They laughed and played together just like old times."
The source added: "The boys don't understand the severity of what's happening to Jade.
"But they'll soon know more tadpoles have arrived in her sick body - and it's not a good thing.
"However, Jade doesn't want people focusing on the doom and gloom.
"So when they boys were leaving she told them, 'Make sure you put on your biggest smiles and show everyone how happy you are.' "That's exactly what they did and they left the hospital grinning from ear to ear. It made Jade feel better."
Jade is now recovering on a normal hospital ward after spendings days in intensive care following her operation.
She has begged staff to be allowed to return to her home to Ongar, Essex, as soon as possible.
But medics say she could be floored by infection if she leaves too soon.
Jade is unlikely to see her sons again for a few days because she is so tired.
But the source said: "Knowing her children are happy and being well looked after is a massive weight off her shoulders."
Last Tuesday doctors told Jade the cancer they diagnosed last year had spread from her cervix to her bowel, liver and groin - despite gruelling courses of chemotherapy which left her bald. PR chief Max Clifford said: "She was informed that tragically, she was terminally ill.
She was obviously devastated."
He said doctors had warned her she has only months to live.
Clifford added: "It's now a question of when - not if."
But he said Jade is intent on putting her life in order as her health gets worse.
She had a series of meetings yesterday with her lawyers as she puts the final touches to her will.
She is drawing up plans to have both her children christened.
And she is determined not to let her terminal illness dominate what's left of her life. Clifford revealed she also wants to keep the killer disease in the headlines - and keep the cash flowing in before she dies.
He said: "Jade has three reasons for doing this.
"One, she wants to make as much money as possible for her children.
"Two, she is doing it because she wants to keep busy - she wants to think of something else other than cancer.
"And three, the number of women in Britain going for smear-tests has increased by 20 per cent since August, when Jade was diagnosed.
"She doesn't want what has happened to her to happen to other people."
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Sir Elton may appear at the Brit Awards on February 18.
The Pet Shop Boys are to receive a Lifetime Achievement award, and Elton John, a longtime friend and admirer,may present the award, it has been rumored.
The event will be broadcast live on ITV1 and will be held at Earls Court prior to the Coldplay/ Killers War Child Charity Concert which Elton will be attending later that evening.
Billy Joel and Elton John's Face 2 Face concert at Citizens Bank Park, home of the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, on July 30 sold out via ComcastTIX in 12 minutes.
Both John and Joel launched their first-ever tour in Philadelphia, PA, at the former Veterans Stadium with three sold-out shows in July of 1994. The duo also performed a record-tying six-night run at the Wachovia Center in 2002, the most shows by any act during one tour at the Philadelphia venue. In addition, their six night run is the most by the duo at any venue in the world.
Both John and Joel have a rich history in Philadelphia. Joel first broke through the radio airwaves on WMMR (93.3 FM) when he performed a live broadcast from Sigma Sound Studios on April 15, 1972. While performing a then unknown “Captain Jack,” the station would later rebroadcast the track due to overwhelmingly popular demand. As one of the first radio stations in the country to play the song, Joel became an instant hit in Philadelphia, which helped launch his career.
John penned one of his most popular songs, “Philadelphia Freedom,” for his friend Billie Jean King who played tennis at the Spectrum for the Philadelphia Freedoms. John often attended games at the legendary arena and, in fact, played a match against comedian Bill Cosby, a Philadelphia native.
Elton John is well-known for his extravagant style – and he is now planning to fork out £30,000 to book most of the front three rows at the War Child concert.
The joint performance by The Killers and Coldplay is set to be a night to remember and Elton – not short of a bob or two – wants to share the moment with pals and family. The two legendary bands come together on February 18, 2009 for the charity event at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, and will follow the Brits at Earls Court earlier that evening.
Front row, first-floor VIP tickets to the concert are selling for £1,000 each – for punters with a little less cash other seats are between £50 and £100. A source told theBuzz: “Elton has requested most of the front three rows on Level One, 30 seats in total, which will cost £30,000. It’s a lot of tickets for one person, so the venue is checking to see if they can accommodate him.”
In 2008, Elton recorded a Christmas track with The Killers called "Joseph, Better You Than Me". While he once joined Coldplay in concert to play to piano to their classic track Trouble.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
You can apparently forget about seeing Billy Joel and Elton John play at Fenway Park this summer.
The twin titans of soft rock, who were rumored to be mulling a midsummer night's show at the lyric little bandbox, will instead tickle the ivories at Gillette Stadium. We're told the concert, which could be announced as soon as today, is a go for Saturday, July 18.
A Fenway date had seemed likely, especially after Joel and John announced just yesterday that they'll be rocking the friendly confines of Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 21.
Why Gillette? Well, Pats owner Robert Kraft is a good friend of Sir Elton's - he attended the songwriter's celeb-heavy 60th birthday party in New York a few years ago and hosted the "Rocket Man" at the Krafts' 40th wedding anniversary at Gillette in 2003.
CHICAGO -- Imagine the Rocket Man, Piano Man and Sweet Lou together at Wrigley Field.
On July 21, Elton John and Billy Joel will make a stop on their Face 2 Face tour at the Cubs' home park.
It will be the third summer concert to be staged at Wrigley Field since Jimmy Buffett performed in 2006. Sting followed with a concert in 2007.
John and Joel will open each concert with a series of duets, playing twin pianos and trading vocals. Each will then perform a set with his own band. The grand finale will have both on stage together for the encore.
The concert will include some of their greatest hits as well as an unpredictable selection of rock and roll classics.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets are $175, $95 and $55 plus fees and service charges, and will be available at tickets.com or calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Tickets will not be sold at the Wrigley Field box office. There is a six-ticket limit per customer.
"Wrigley Field is to baseball what Billy Joel and Elton John are to music -- institutions that transcend time and bring inspiration to their fans around the globe," said Cubs chairman Crane Kenney. "In addition to its status as a baseball cathedral, Wrigley Field has shown its grandeur as a football gridiron, an outdoor hockey palace and a majestic concert hall that next July will host two of the all-time musical greats. The Cubs are honored to have Billy Joel and Elton John grace Wrigley Field's stage next summer."
Joel and John played the first date of their Face 2 Face tour on July 8, 1994, at the 62,000-capacity Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. That began a run of 21 sold-out performances in 13 cities. The duo last toured together in 2003.
Chicago manager Lou Piniella and the team will miss hearing John sing "Rocket Man" or Joel belt out "The Piano Man" because they will be in Philadelphia, part of the Cubs' six-game, post-All-Star break road trip that begins in Washington on July 16.
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia favorites "The Rocket Man" and "Piano Man" will be reunited this summer at Citizens Bank Park.
The dynamic duo will perform July 30.
Insiders say Joel and John will open the concert together with a series of crowd pleasing duets complete with twin pianos. Then each will play a set with their own band. The grand finale will bring both performers back to center stage for some foot stomping fun.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. through ComcastTIX at 1-800-298-4200, online at ComcastTIX.com, or in person at the Wachovia Center box office or select Acme Markets.
Billy Joel and Elton John are the most successful and longest-running concert pairing in pop history. In July of 1994, they launched their first-ever tour in Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium.
"The great thing about performing with Elton is that he is such a good piano player and that makes me have to dig deep to keep up with him, not to mention I've got the best seat in the house-only one piano away from Elton John!" said Joel.
"I love touring with Billy. I have the greatest respect for him and we're such good friends," John said.
Phillies President David Montgomery said in a press release that it will be quite a night.
"Both Billy and Elton have a special history in Philadelphia, and we know this is going to be a memorable night for everyone at what has become a very popular concert venue under the stars at Citizens Bank Park," Montgomery said.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
It seems unbelievable but it's true - Elton's ever-youthful drummer Nigel Olsson turns 60 today! And tonight he will be celebrating his birthday onstage, as Elton and the band perform The Red Piano show at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. If you are lucky enough to be in that fabulous auditorium tonight, remember to wish Nigel a Happy Birthday!
Nigel Olsson was born in 1949 in Wallasey, England. As true fans of Elton's music will know, Nigel was the drummer and third member of the original Elton John band that formed in 1970, playing alongside Elton and the late Dee Murray. During the 1970s and 1980s Nigel was a mainstay of Elton's touring and recording band, playing on all his classic recordings.
Fellow drummers and fans alike laud him for his tasteful, restrained style of drumming, which he says arose from wanting to make sure Bernie Taupin's lyrics remained at the forefront. Also much admired by fans was Nigel's glossy, waist-length black hair - indeed in recent years Nigel has been heard to wish he had known more about sponsorship in those early days, as he could probably have made a fortune endorsing hair conditioner!
As a solo artist, Nigel has seen four of his singles hit the pop music charts, and he has also made a name for himself in the world of vintage auto racing. In 2000 Elton invited Nigel to rejoin the band for the One Night Only concerts, and to universal delight he has remained in the band since then. Nigel is a huge favourite with the fans and is always guaranteed one of the biggest cheers when Elton introduces the band onstage during the live concerts.
All of us at eltonjohn.com send warm wishes to Nigel for a very happy birthday. In celebration of Nigel's special day we are making our exclusive Nigel Olsson video interview available for all eltonjohn.com visitors to view.
To view extensive and comprehensive information about Nigel, plus a gallery of photos, visit the Nigel Olsson pages in the fantastic new Elton John Band feature in the Rocket area. If you would like to find out more about Nigel, meet with other Nigel fans or send Nigel a birthday message, please visit Nigel's official web site.
- EltonJohn.com Reporting
Friday, February 6, 2009
The Elton John AIDS Foundation announced today that Grammy-nominated artist Raphael Saadiq will perform at the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. The event will be co-hosted by Elton and David Furnish, and will be co-sponsored by Chopard, Jo and Raffy Manoukian and VH1.
Oakland native Raphael Saadiq came into the music world in the late 1980s as the lead singer and bass player for the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! After leaving the group, Saadiq began writing and producing for some of today's top musicians including Joss Stone, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige. In 2000, his work as a producer won Saadiq a Grammy for the song 'Untitled' from D'Angelo's Voodoo, and in 2002, he released his much-anticipated first solo album, 'Instant Vintage', a collection of soulful songs that earned him five Grammy nominations. In September 2008, Saadiq released his third solo album, 'The Way I See It', which landed him the #1 position on iTunes Top Albums of the Year. 'The Way I See It' has earned Saadiq three Grammy nominations. "The Way I See It is a masterpiece," said Elton. "I think it is one of the best albums of the year and certainly the best R&B album of the year. I'm absolutely thrilled and excited that he will be performing at our Oscar party. I can't wait to hear the songs live."
The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party, the most successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night, has once again appointed New York City-based event design company Antony Todd Incorporated to transform the 'Outdoor Plaza' of the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood into an elegant arena. EJAF has also announced the evening's event chairs: David and Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Joseph Blount and Craig Reynolds, Tom Calderone, Richard Cook, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, Stephen Daldry, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Diane Jenkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Limato, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Stone, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Donatella Versace and John Walters.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
With the hype surrounding Relapse, the new album from Eminem, building rapidly, it's emerged that it may feature a guest appearance from Sir Elton John.
According to an article in The Independent, John was spotted visiting the studio where Relapse is being recorded last October.
The article cites a witness to the visit who claims that "He [Elton John] stayed half a week… Em has huge respect for Elton, and the feeling is mutual. Elton really gets his music."
The collaboration would represent an intriguing coda to the pair's controversial duet at the 2001 Grammy awards. Eminem had previously been accused of displaying homophobic attitudes in his lyrics.
The Independent also quotes a source at Polydor Records (owner of the Interscope label that Eminem is signed to) who claims that no one there knows anything about Relapse.
"It's top secret. In terms of timing, the plan is to release it between new records from 50 Cent and Dre, who are both also signed to Interscope. Whenever it comes out, it will be huge."
Another source claims that Eminem may have stockpiled up to 300 songs, and is now in the process of working on the final tracklisting with producer Dr Dre.
A release date for Relapse hasn't been announced, but there's speculation that it could be available as early as next month.
In a recent interview with music icon Sir Elton John in South America, as part of a marketing campaign for that tour, the 61-year-old confirmed that he will indeed be writing and recording a new studio album in September or October of 2009. However, at this stage he is not aware of where it will be recorded or what theme it may take.
In related news, the legend has finalized plans to close his long running Vegas production "The Red Piano". It is scheduled to close on April 22, 2009.
See the video of Elton's Latin American Interview below:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Live Nation announced Monday morning that Elton John and Billy Joel will be returning to Columbus for a show July 14 at Nationwide Arena.
Tickets for the "Face 2 Face" show go on sale Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com, the Nationwide Arena ticket office and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
There is a limit of six tickets per customer.
Concert dates announced for the March and May shows sold out immediately in Jacksonville, Tampa, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Tulsa, Houston, Phoenix, Anaheim, Detroit, Cleveland, Toronto, St. Paul, St. Louis and Indianapolis.
On Aug. 6, 1994, Billy Joel and Elton John played to more than 60,000 fans in a sold-out show at Ohio Stadium, as part of the first co-headlining Face 2 Face Tour, which began a run of 21 sold-out shows in 13 cities.
The twin piano players hit Columbus again April 22, 2003 for a sold-out concert for more than 18,000 in Nationwide Arena -- one of 24 sold-out shows on that tour, prompting Billboard magazine to name them "the most successful touring package of all time."
"The great thing about performing with Elton is that he is such a good piano player and that makes me have to dig deep to keep up with him, not to mention I've got the best seat in the house -- only one piano away from Elton John," said Joel in a Live Nation release.
"Billy Joel and Elton John are known globally as outstanding performers and to have them together on one stage will certainly be an incredible experience," said Columbus Blue Jackets President Mike Priest in the release. "We are extremely excited to welcome them back to Nationwide Arena."
Reserved seat tickets for the July 14 show are $53.50, $99 and $179.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
FLAMBOYANT pop superstar Sir Elton John has launched his own range of crystal-encrusted iPods - to raise cash for AIDS orphans in Africa.
Elton personally oversaw the design of the limited-edition £400 music players - and had his signature lasered on the back of each one.
The famously extravagant 61-year-old ordered just 1000 of the collectors items to be manufactured - 100 in each of the 10 colours available.
A share of the profits from the sale of the iPods will be handed over to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Elton has been involved in the fight against AIDS since the 1980s and has raised more than £100million for his charity.
A spokesman for the star said he was "delighted" with the iPods.
He said: "Elton does not usually put his name to a product but this is exactly the kind of thing he loves. It's extravagant and glamorous just like him.
"And, as everyone knows, his AIDS charity is very close to his heart."
You’re guaranteed to get 2009 off to a glittering start with one of these stunning Swarovski encrusted iPod nanos. Goldgenie is delighted to announce a New Year launch for these limited edition pieces which have been designed exclusively for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
We know that keeping up with technology saving your favourite songs and movies means memory, so by special demand they are available not only in 8 gig, but also in 16 gig. But don’t forget, there will be just 100 of each colour created in black, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, silver and yellow so don’t miss out on your favourite as this truly unique gift is only available from the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), Selfridges or directly from us. As an extra bonus we are including "Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits CD" with every order.
The original iconic players are individually set with over 250 colour-coordinated Swarovski crystals and laser engraved with Elton John’s signature on the rear harnessing the very latest technology. They really are stunning and are backed by a full year’s guarantee.
By purchasing one of these exceptional items and you will also benefit the many HIV/AIDS programmes across 15countries and 4 continents funded by EJAF. This non-profit organisation will receive at least 12.5% of the purchase price (ex VAT) to help their many projects. The charity was established by Sir Elton John in 1993 to help those living with, affected by or at risk from HIV/AIDS. You can see further information on the charity and it’s work on their website at www.ejaf.com.
If you are buying for yourself or a loved one, we are certain that everyone receiving one of these fabulous “Starburst” iPods will be absolutely delighted. To ensure you don’t miss out on this season’s must have accessory from the latest creative Goldgenie range you can pre-order yours online now.
To purchase the limited edition EJAF iPod please visit: Goldgenie