Thursday, September 24, 2009
Below is the incredible new set used at the Royal Albert Hall show. Finally Elton has answered the fans prayers and decided to refresh his set. Many new songs were featured on this set including: The One, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Weight of the World, American Triangle, House, Original Sin, Blues Never Fade Away, Better Off Dead, Come Down in Time, Indian Sunset, I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself, Blessed and Crazy Water.
Although Elton struggled with some lyrics for House, the show has been well received by critics and fans alike. This truly is a hardcore fans delight.
Personally, it is great to see Elton change the set for a change and include this author and fan's favorite song 'The One'.
ELTON SOLO SEGMENT
Sixty Years On
The Greatest Discovery
Ballad of the Boy In The Red Shoes
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Weight of the World
Blues Never Fade Away (dedicated to Guy Babylon)
RAY COOPER SEGMENT
Funeral For A Friend
Better off Dead
Come Down In Time
I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Take Me To The Pilot
Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Teddy Thompson will be Special Guest with Elton and the Band for the Red Piano dates beginning in Moscow on October 7.
Please be aware that there is no guest artist at the Elton John/Ray Cooper concerts in France and Italy, and that these shows will start promptly with Elton onstage at the times advertised locally.
Sir Elton John has waded into the row over illegal downloading of music, telling the U.K. government the practice will have a "seriously detrimental" effect on the industry.
Senior figures within British music are considering proposals from Business Secretary Lord Mandelson for a crackdown on illicit file-sharing online.
Singer Lily Allen opened up the debate when she attacked the Featured Artists Coalition, a collective of musicians taking a softer stance on illegal downloads.
And Rocket Man singer John has now joined calls for tougher action - writing a letter to Lord Mandelson urging him to force through his proposal.
He writes, "For what it is worth, I am of the view that the unchecked proliferation of illegal downloading (even on a 'non-commercial' basis) will have a seriously detrimental effect on musicians, and particularly young musicians and those composers who are not performing artists."
Sir Elton John is often in the news. He joined the chorus of pop stars calling for a crackdown on internet file-sharing this week; before that it was his failed bid to adopt a Ukrainian orphan.
This month and next he tours Europe, including arena dates in Britain and Ireland. Last night he demonstrated his philanthropic side with a special concert to raise funds for the purchase of a new organ by the Royal Academy of Music. Not just any old organ, but a 14-tonne, Swiss-engineered monster that will cost £1.2million to install, a sizeable chunk of which will be met from the proceeds of this long, commanding and expensive performance.
Tickets in the stalls, which were £175 at face value, were changing hands outside the venue for £400. And even though there was no band to accompany him, Sir Elton was determined to provide value for money. Resplendent in a penguin suit with pink lettering down the lapels, he sat down at a black grand piano and embarked on a marathon set that incorporated songs from every nook and cranny of his repertoire.
Beginning with the title track of his 1992 album The One, he hammered the keys of the piano with the precision and authority of a classical player, while singing in his distinctively frayed tenor. At the end of the song he stood and received the first of countless standing ovations. And that was just one number. Gathering momentum, he swept through versions of Sixty Years On, The Greatest Discovery and Border from the Elton John album of 1970 and even Skyline Pigeon from his long-neglected first album, Empty Sky. He prefaced Blues Never Fade Away with a moving eulogy to his keyboard player Guy Babylon, who died this month of a heart attack at the age of 52. And he performed Your Song with a tremendous vigour.
This was Elton John not only unplugged but miraculously unvarnished, although during numbers such as The Emperor’s New Clothes and a rambling version of Rocket Man, the piano was augmented by the sound of strings for which no provenance was visible.
The percussionist Ray Cooper arrived during Funeral for a Friend and weighed into a set of six drums, hurling his mallets across the stage when he had completed his part. He then accompanied Sir Elton on a vast array of instruments: tubular bells, conga drums, timbales, wind chimes, a huge gong, and assorted cymbals, shakers and tambourines. Precise yet flamboyant, Cooper’s contributions proved the perfect foil for the rolling piano parts of numbers including Take Me to the Pilot, Daniel and Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.
After an encore of Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting Sir Elton signed a few autographs and left the stage having performed for just under three hours without written lyrics, sheet music or any other prompts. It was a hardcore and highly impressive display of the piano man’s craft.
- Times Online
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The 62-year-old singer announced last weekend that he wanted to adopt the 14-month-old boy called Lev, who he said had ''stolen his heart''.
But his hopes were dashed after Ukraine's family, youth and sports minister, Yuri Pavlenko, said the country's laws would not allow it because Sir Elton is too old and is in a same-sex relationship.
However, Mr Pavlenko appeared to indicate a change of heart on Thursday, when he said that Sir Elton "has the right and opportunity to invite the family of this boy to visit him, take them under his guardianship and help him grow into a good person."
He also suggested that the adoption could not take place because although Lev is being looked after in an orphanage, his mother is still alive.
Mr Pavlenko added: "I'd like to ask everyone to be tolerant to the boy. This is not an orphan, the child has a mother and an elder brother and so he cannot be adopted by law.
"He has a difficult fate, like his mother. Help has been provided to his mother to find strength to bring the family back together."
Adoptive parents must be married under Ukrainian rules, and although Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish have been joined in a civil ceremony, the former Soviet republic does not recognise same-sex unions.
The law in Ukraine also states that adoptive parents should be no more than 45 years older than the child, making Sir Elton, 62, too old.
Sir Elton met Lev, who is HIV positive, at an orphanage for children whose parents had fallen victim to Aids.
Ukraine has the fastest-rising HIV infection rate in Europe, and had travelled there with his Aids foundation.
If he were successful, Sir Elton would follow in the footsteps of actress Angelina Jolie, who has three adopted children from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia, and Madonna, who adopted a little girl from Malawi earlier this year.
However, Sir Elton is likely to face opposition to any attempt to care for the toddler because the country's Orthodox and Catholic churches have strong views on gay adoption. The Orthodox Church in Ukraine has already branded Sir Elton a "sinner" because of his sexuality.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
As Sir Elton and the very talented percussionist Ray Cooper hit the road touring France, Italy and an exclusive Royal Albert Hall Show in London this September, eltonjohnnews has decided to research some of the historical set lists from previous duo tours, in order to present a possible set list for the upcoming tour.
Remember this is based on previous tours and Elton's current solo shows and is a general estimate only.
- Your Song
- Sixty Years On
- The Greatest Discovery
- I Need You To Turn To
- Border Song
- Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes
- Rocket Man
- Tiny Dancer
- Philadelphia Freedom
- Take me to the Pilot
- Candle in the Wind
- Funeral for a Friend
- Carla Etude
- Bennie & the Jets
- Crocodile Rock
- Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
- I'm Still Standing
- Don´t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Elton has previously also included Pinball Wizard, Levon and Better off Dead with Ray.
Stay tuned to see what he plays on September 22.
Feel free to comment below on what you think they may play.
Kate Moss is reportedly planning to ruin Simon Cowell’s upcoming 50th birthday bash — by singing!
The British supermodel – who has been friends with the American Idol judge for several years — intends to serenade the music mogul with a surprise performance at the star-studded party on October 7.
However, the 35-year-old catwalk beauty is unsure about what to sing.
“It’s a toss up between a sexy Marilyn Monroe-style Happy Birthday, or her specialty Lily Allen’s Not Fair, which she has been practicing with her friend Lily,” a source said.
Simon has invited 400 celebrity friends to help him celebrate reaching the landmark age at the black tie bash at Hertfordshire’s Wrotham Park.
Guests expected to attend include music legend Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, actress Denise Richards, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, the judges from his talent shows and most of his recording artists.
Kate will have to ensure her singing is pitch-perfect on the night as she will be performing alongside some of the world’s biggest acts, including Leona Lewis.
- ShowBiz Spy
Sir Elton John has been branded a "sinner" by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The pop legend – who has been told he can't adopt a 14-month-old boy from the country because he is homosexual and too old – has been blasted by the religious group who have "thanked God" he won't be allowed to care for the tot.
Spokesman Father Georgy Gulyaev of the Donetsk Diocese of the Orthodox Church is quoted by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper as saying: "Thank God it's impossible under Ukrainian law for Elton John to adopt a child. It's written in Holy Scriptures that homosexual marriage and relations is a sin.
"It is a sin, it is against nature, and it represents the dead end of human development.
"People pretend to have good intentions, create semi-marriages and so-called families, and moreover they dare to adopt children. Unlike people who are blessed by God to create natural families, these are people who succumb to their passions.
This is definitely a sin, there is no other word for it, and the church will never agree that people who have created same-sex 'marriage' could also dare to adopt children.
"This applies to all, including Elton John. He is a sinner."
The 62-year-old singer – who married his long-term partner David Furnish in a civil ceremony in 2005 – admitted his heart had been "stolen" by Lev when he met him at an orphanage in Makeyevka at the weekend.
This news comes shortly after Ukraine's Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko revealed there had been no official adoption request made by the celebrity couple.
Under Ukrainian law, adoptive parents must be no more than 45 years older than an adopted child - Elton is more than 60 years older than Lev.
Same-sex couples are also forbidden from adopting because homosexual marriages are not recognised in the Eastern European country.
The matter is further complicated by the fact the Lev's mother – who is HIV positive - has not relinquished her parental rights, meaning the child is not officially up for adoption.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Face 2 Face promoter Live Nation and HSBC Arena are pleased to announce that the Billy Joel & Elton John concert at HSBC Arena has been rescheduled for Friday, December 4, 2009 at 7:30pm. All tickets from the original date in July will be honored, and tickets are still available at www.tickets.com, the HSBC Arena Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets, or to charge by phone, call 888-223-6000.
Both Live Nation and HSBC Arena appreciate the cooperation of the fans and community while a new concert date was worked out with the Artists' representatives.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sir Elton John's hoped of adopting 14-month-old Ukrainian boy 'Lev' with his partner David Furnish have been dashed by the Ukraine's minister for family affairs, is the Piano Man is too old and not 'traditionally married'.
The Ukraine's Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko told The Associated Press that adoptive parents must be married - and the country doesn't recognize homosexual unions as marriage.
Also, the singer is 62, and Ukrainian law requires a parent to be no more than 45 years older than an adopted child.
"Elton John will not be able to adopt a Ukrainian child and if he files that request we will unfortunately deny it," Pavlenko added. "The law is the same for everybody: for a president, for a minister, for Elton John."
The news that Sir Elton wanted to adopt a child led to a flurry of debate about gay parenting in UK media. Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell waded in: "Given that David and Elton are an internationally famous gay couple, adopting Lev could help break down ignorance and prejudice concerning gay adoption. They could become role model gay adoptive parents and help raise worldwide awareness about same-sex parenting.
"I hope this publicity will encourage more people - gay and straight - to consider adopting a child in need, or to support charities that help support parents who are struggling to cope with their children," he said.
For the first time in almost 15 years, the legendary Elton John and Ray Cooper are reunited on stage.
The duo will perform together in September and October 2009. Concert Live will record these special shows, creating an instant live CD at all European dates on the tour (excludes Royal Albert Hall show).
Each 3CD live recording is presented in exclusive packaging with bespoke artwork and including a double CD from the performance and an innovative 3rd ‘encore disc’.
This means that for the first time ever, fans collecting at-concert will be able to download the end of the concert as soon as they get home, and get the live CD the moment the show finishes!
This is THE must have live CD for any Elton John fan and these CDs are strictly limited edition, so pre-order now.
Billy Joel and Elton John have rescheduled their “Face-2-Face” tour stop for Dec. 7, according to the Times Union Center Web site.
The two piano legends were slated to appear in July but had to cancel because Joel was too ill to perform.
All tickets from the original date will be honored. Refunds, if necessary, will be honored at the point of sale through Oct. 15.
There are still tickets available for the December show. They can be purchased at the Times Union Center box office, the arena’s Web site, by calling 1-800-30-EVENT or at select Price Chopper supermarkets.
- Troy Record
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Singer Sir Elton John has said he wants to adopt a 14-month-old boy from an orphanage in Ukraine who has "stolen his heart".
Sir Elton, 62, was visiting the country with his Aids foundation and during his visit he performed 'Circle of Life' for the children, some there because their parents had died of Aids.
At a press conference later he and partner David Furnish, 46, were asked whether they thought of adopting and Sir Elton announced he would like to adopt one of the children, Lev.
He said: "David and I have always talked about adoption, David always wanted to adopt a child and I always said 'no' because I am 62 and I think because of the travelling I do and the life I have, maybe it wouldn't be fair for the child.
"But having seen Lev, I would love to adopt him. I don't know how we do that but he has stolen my heart. And he has stolen David's heart and it would be wonderful if we can have a home. I've changed my mind."
The singer added that the death of his long-term keyboardist, Guy Babylon, had also helped change his mind.
"Last week I lost one of my best friends, my keyboard player died of a heart attack at 52. It broke my heart because he was such a genius and so young and has two wonderful children. What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to.
"I don't know what the procedure is to adopt a boy from the Ukraine. I don't think that I can because England has a treaty with the Ukraine but David is Canadian so we might be able to work through something like that."
Ukraine has the fastest rising HIV rates in Europe. Two years ago the singer gave a free concert on the main square in Kiev attended by tens of thousands people to raise awareness of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and Aids.
Sir Elton's Aids Foundation collaborates with the Ukrainian Anti-Aids Foundation of Olena Franchuk, daughter of former President Leonid Kuchma.
- The Press Association
See a video of the press conference here.
Elton John performed a solo show for the Piedigrotta festival at Plebiscito square in Naples September 11, 2009.
This was an incredibly emotional concert for Elton, as it was his first public event since the passing of Guy Babylon.
The show featured several new additions including The One, Song for Guy and Can you Feel the Love Tonight.
At times Sir Elton struggled with some notes and lyrics, finding the event, a difficult show to perform, given his recent emotion.
He dedicated the free concert to Guy and said it was "the saddest time in his life".
Below is the full set list:
Sixty Years On
The Greatest Discovery
I Need You To Turn To
Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
O Sole Mio
Song For Guy
Take Me To The Pilot
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Candle In The Wind
I Guess That´s Why They Call It The Blues
Bennie And The Jets
I´m Still Standing
Circle Of Life
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Clip of Your Song and Elton's dedication below:
Friday, September 11, 2009
A figurine of English singer-songwriter Elton John will be added to the southern Italian city of Naples' nativity scene this year. The 62 year-old singer is due to give a concert in Naples on Friday, his first in Naples in 36 years.
"I intended to celebrate the return to Naples of this great artist after 36 years, with a statue that will be included in this year's nativity scene," said prominent artisan and master craftsman, Genny Di Virgilio, in an interview with Adnkronos.
"Tomorrow, I will be most likely the person who gives Elton John the figurine I created for him," he said.
The 28 centimetre high statue created by Virgilio shows John sitting in front of his piano, wearing his distinctive glasses and one of his outfits, while a crowd of people applauds him in Naples' central Piazza del Plebiscito - the venue for his concert.
"When he first came to Naples, Elton was at the start of his brilliant career, and he now returns as a champion of world music," he said.
Unconfirmed Italian media reports say the star received 750,000 euros for the free concert as part of Naples ancient annual festival of Piedigrotta.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
A press conference with British musician Elton John will be held in Donetsk on Saturday, September, 12.
The founder of ANTIAIDS fund Elena Franchuk and the head of the coordinating council of All-Ukrainian Network of People living with HIV Vladimir Zhovtyak will also participate at a press conference.
A meeting will be devoted to the first results of the project with a name "Children". This is a joint project of Elena Franchuk's ANTIAIDS and Elton John's AIDS Foundation aimed to help children affected by HIV / AIDS.
It is not Elton John's first visit to Ukraine. He has held a free concert on June 16, 2007 at the Independence Square in Kyiv.
Friday, September 4, 2009
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Guy Babylon, keyboard player in the Elton John band. Guy died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 2. He suffered a sudden heart attack while swimming in the pool.
Elton, who is on holiday in Nice, France, said the following when he heard the news:
"I am devastated and heartbroken at the death of Guy Babylon. Guy played over 1000 shows with me, and we worked together on The Road To El Dorado, Aida, Billy Elliot, Lestat and Gnomeo and Juliet, as well as on countless albums.
"He was one of the most brilliant musicians I ever knew, a true genius, a gentle angel - and I loved him so much. David and I send our deep condolences to Kathy, Max, Ben and Jessica, to Guy's parents, to Kathy's parents and to all his immediate loved ones."
Keyboardist/composer Guy Babylon was born on 20 December, 1956 in Maryland, USA. He moved to California in 1980, six months after graduating from the University of South Florida, and became a respected session musician in Los Angeles.
Over the next number of years, Guy composed music for radio, TV and cable shows, doing demo work for bands and songwriters, and putting together a home studio in North Hollywood. During that time he played with acts as diverse as Iron Butterfly and Tavares, and was a member of the band Ashton, which also included future Elton John bassist, Bob Birch.
Guy's career accelerated in March 1987 when he won Keyboard Magazine's Reader Tape Contest with his entry, Babylon Bleu. Also in 1987, Guy co-wrote and performed on Siedah Garrett's K.I.S.S.I.N.G., which became a Number One dance hit in the US.
It was also around this time that Guy first met Elton's guitarist and band leader, Davey Johnstone.
More than a year after playing keyboards on a side project of Davey's, Guy got a call from the guitarist asking if he was interested in playing some live shows as Elton's second keyboardist, joining Fred Mandel. He said he'd be happy to.
Guy's first performance with Elton was for a benefit at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles in July 1988, and his first world tour as part of the Elton John Band began two months later in Miami, Florida.
Guy became lead keyboardist on May 26, 1992, and has been the only synth man on stage since the Walden Woods Benefit Concert in the fall of 1993.
Guy also created musical intros to some of the tour's opening numbers, including Bennie And The Jets (1989), Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, (1992) and Pinball Wizard (1993), and reinterpreted the synthesizer intro to Funeral For A Friend for the live shows.
Guy's first studio work with Elton was on the 1989 album Sleeping With The Past. Other albums he performed on since then are The One, Duets, The Lion King, Made In England, Love Songs, The Big Picture, Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, Peachtree Road, The Captain And The Kid and The Red Piano, as well as other one-off projects.
Guy began writing orchestral arrangements for Elton's material with the song Man, from the album Made In England, and subsequently arranged all but one of the songs on Peachtree Road.
Guy won a Grammy Award in 2001 for his work arranging the stage musical Aida.
He served as the Musical Supervisor, Orchestrator, and Synth Programmer for the musical Lestat, which opened on Broadway in April 2006, also worked on The Muse, The Road To El Dorado, Billy Elliot The Musical and Gnomeo and Juliet
Guy played 1,351 shows with Elton throughout his 21-year career as a member of the Elton John Band.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
POP legend Sir Elton John has chosen Liverpool for the final UK destination of his Las Vegas Show, The Red Piano.
Sir Elton John is letting the sun go down on his five-year show at the ECHO arena on October 28.
It will be his second stop at the city in 12 months. He last performed in Liverpool as part of his seven-date UK tour.
Sir Elton said: “This will be the last time for a while that we tour the Red Piano.
"We really enjoyed playing to Liverpool last December, the reaction from the audience and the musical history of the city has left us in no doubt the ECHO arena had to be the last venue we played in the UK.”
The Red Piano began in 2004, ran for more than 240 performances in Vegas and has toured the world.
The David LaChapelle-designed show features the musician and his band performing hits including Rocket Man, Yellow Brick Road and Candle In The Wind.
The show will be recorded and made available on CD on the night.
Confirmed as special guest for the shows is singer, songwriter and guitarist Teddy Thompson, whose latest album A Piece Of What You Need hit the UK top 10 last year.
David LaChapelle said: “The show is a visual extravaganza, a collage of all the outrageous and beautiful images Elton has been responsible for in his career.
“Elton has had a lot of fun. There were some sad parts in his life, but when he’s on that stage I think he loves it. This was a way of showing that love of performing and pay tribute to it”.
Tickets are on sale now.
- Liverpool Echo
Elton and Billy Joel have been nominated for Billboard fans' choice in the category of 2009 Best Concert.
The Billboard/Eventful Fans' Choice competition for 'Best Concert of the Year' is now live, and we are hoping that Elton's fans will cast their votes for the Face2Face concerts! You can visit the official competition page here, or via the link on our home page. You will be invited to demand your favorite artist, and the artist with the most demanders will win the Eventful Fans' Choice Award for Best Concert of the Year. Voting ends on November 4.
View all Melbourne events on Eventful
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Here's your chance to win an all expenses paid "Never in a Lifetime" experience to play tennis with Andy Roddick and to be Andy's special guest, seated at his table, at the 4th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala; where Sir Elton John will perform an intimate concert for the private party. And there's a whole lot more!
Drawing Date: Monday, September 21, 2009
Entry Deadline: 11:00 AM EDT, September 21, 2009
Enter the Andy Roddick Foundation Tennis Raffle and join Andy Roddick in his efforts to help children today for a better tomorrow.
$2.00 / ticket (minimum purchase of 5 tickets)
Winner and a guest will be Andy Roddick's Special Guests, seated at his table, at the 4th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala where Sir Elton John will perform an intimate concerts for the private party ( November 30, 2009, Hilton Austin Hotel, Austin Texas)
Winner will enjoy a Tennis Hitting Session with Andy Roddick, subject to weather (Day and time to be determined by Andy Roddick)
Winner and guest will have their pictures taken with Andy Roddick; which will be later autographed by Andy Roddick and returned
Winner will receive 3 night hotel accommodations at the Hilton Austin Hotel (Single Room, Double Occupancy, Check in Saturday November 28, 2009, Check out Tuesday December 1, 2009)
Winner and guest will receive roundtrip coach air fare to travel from any international airport in the world to Austin Texas. Limited to a combined total cost of $2,000.00 (Winner and guest may independently travel to Austin Texas from any one international airport and return to any other international airport including an international airport different from the one from which they departed)
Winner will receive $500.00 in cash to pay for meals and ground transportation
Winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of $1,734.76 to mitigate the Winner's tax liability that results from winning the raffle. This prize is withheld and paid, on behalf of the Winner, directly to the IRS ($1,433.69) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ($301.07)
Please see: https://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffles/andyroddickfoundation.cfm to buy tickets.