Saturday, October 31, 2009

Elton has E. Coli - Seattle & Portland Postponed


Elton John and Billy Joel's Nov. 4 and 7 stops at KeyArena have been postponed as John battles "a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza," Live Nation announced this afternoon.

New dates are in the works, though, according to the announcement. Fans who bought tickets for the Seattle shows are being asked to hold on to their tickets until more information is available. Stay tuned.

- The News Tribune

The Elton John and Billy Joel concert originally scheduled for the Rose Garden November 10 was postponed after John was diagnosed with an e-coli infection.

Live Nation and The Rose Garden said Friday that John was advised by his doctor to postpone these performances due to a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and the flu.

Ticketholders for the Face 2 Face concert on Tuesday should hold on to their tickets until organizers can a reschedule the show.

- KGW.com

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dublin Concert Axed


Elton John's concert at the O2, Dublin this Friday October 30 has been postponed.

Elton's symptoms have not improved significantly enough for Doctors to allow him to perform this Friday at the O2 in Dublin. Elton's spokesman said that "He is bitterly disappointed not to be playing Dublin. He had picked Dublin to close the Red Piano worldwide, because of the great warmth of the people and the great concerts he had in the city over many years. He is hoping to reschedule the dates in the very near future."

Promoter Aiken Promotions are in talks to try and re-schedule the O2, Dublin concert for a suitable and available date in December 2009. Ticket holders are asked to retain their tickets. Further announcements regarding the replacement dates will be made later. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bill Clinton to Receive Award from Sir Elton


Former President Bill Clinton will be among the honorees at the annual Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit event, entitled "An Enduring Vision," according to a press release.

The Nov. 16 benefit--which will be held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street--will feature special musical guest Donna Summer. In a statement, John said, "Donna Summer's energy, voice and spirit are going to electrify our guests and I can't wait to share the stage with her.

Donna has been a tremendous supporter of the Elton John AIDS Foundation for many years, and I am so excited that she has agreed to perform for our 'An Enduring Vision' event."
As part of the eighth annual EJAF event, the foundation will present Enduring Vision awards to four honorees that have supported its mission to fund innovative HIV prevention programs, its efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and the direct care and support services it provides to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to President Clinton, this year's honorees include philanthropists Lily Safra and Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, and actress and AIDS activist Sharon Stone.

The gala dinner will be hosted by CNN's Emmy Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper and sponsored by American Airlines.

- Livedaily

An Unwell Elton Cancels 4th Show



Elton John's concert at the Echo Arena tomorrow (Wednesday 28th October) has been postponed.

On what would have been the final night of his spectacular UK tour, doctors have told Elton his symptoms have not improved significantly enough for him to perform. Due to ill health the pop legend has also been forced to cancel his Sheffield, Newcastle and London gigs.

The 62-year-old star, famous for hits including Your Song, Rocket Man, and Don't Let the Sun go Down on Me was set to finish touring the show Red Piano at the arena tomorrow.

The show began in Las Vegas, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 5 years ago and ran there for an incredible 243 performances, in front of approximately 1 million people.

Concert promoters, Marshall Arts, are in talks with the venue to try and re-schedule the Echo Arena concert for a suitable and available date in December 2009.

A spokesperson for Marshall Arts added that they are continuing to try to include re-scheduling the Sheffield, Newcastle and London shows which regrettably had to be postponed.

Ticket holders are asked to retain their tickets. Further announcements regarding the replacement dates will be made later this week.

- Clickliverpool.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Guide to Purchasing Tickets to EJ Live at Watford


Watford season ticket holders will be able to purchase more than 20 tickets for next summer’s Elton John concert at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets have this evening released details of ticketing arrangements for next summer’s event, which is to raise money for player transfers.

The club has relaxed their rules after the 2005 concert and anyone wanting to attend will be able to purchase up to 20 tickets when they go on sale on Monday, November 9.

But season ticket holders who want to buy more than 20 can do so by filling out a group form from today, which will then be processed when the ticket office opens on the first day of sale.

Season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets from 8am on November 9 but only via the club’s website.

The following day will again be season ticket holders only but this time supporters will be able to secure their place by phone and online from 9am.

On Wednesday, the ‘remainder of the WFC database’ will be able to purchase their tickets online only and then the following day by phone and online, with the ticket office opening at 9am once more.

The club says non-season tickets holders who haven’t booked online before need to know their unique Fan ID number, as found on their Fan card or previous match tickets, before activating their account and suggest doing this before trying to purchase tickets for the event.

Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday, November 13 but will again be online only, before being available by phone on the following Monday.

Seats on the pitch directly in front of the stage and tickets for the Upper Rous will be £100, the rest of the pitch seating will be £75 and the Lower Rous, Vicarage Road and Rookery End will be £55.

Disabled supporters will be situated on raised platforms in front of the Lower Rous and should contact Joanne Simonds on 01923 496250 between Monday November 2 and Friday November 6 if they wish to attend.

- Watford Observer

Wembley Concert Postponed Until December


We are very sorry to announce that Elton John's concert at Wembley Arena tomorrow (Tuesday October 27) has been postponed.

Elton continues to be unwell and is unable to perform at Wembley Arena tomorrow evening, and it is hoped that he will make a speedy recovery so that further information can be made available. The Liverpool concert remains as scheduled, at the present time.

The concert promoters, Marshall Arts, are in discussions to try and re-schedule the Wembley concert for a suitable and available date in December 2009. At the same time, Marshall Arts will try to include re-scheduling Sheffield and Newcastle, which regrettably had to be postponed last Friday (23rd) and Saturday (24th). Marshall Arts would ask tickets holders to retain their tickets for further announcements regarding the replacement dates this week.

- ej.com

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Special Video Tribute to Guy Babylon


See the video made especially for Sir Elton's live concert tour below, which celebrates the rich life of Guy Babylon.

It includes personal photos of Guy with his family, friends, colleagues and Elton. It is a rare collection of behind the scenes photos too. 

This official video plays prior to the start of all shows on Elton's current Red Piano tour. 

Elton to Perform "Special Concert" in Ukraine in '10 or '11


In a recent interview with the Mail on Sunday regarding Adoption, the Ukraine and AIDS orphans, Sir Elton let slip that he will appear in the country in 2010 0r 2011.

"So far, Elton isn’t even sure when he will return to Ukraine, replying when asked that when he will come back, he is unsure if it will be next year or 2011. ‘It’s for a special concert which I cannot talk about yet,’ he said. ‘But I will definitely be coming back. We have a commitment to HIV and Aids people in Ukraine.’ "

Could this be the Face 2 Face Tour with Billy Joel that is scheduled to hit Europe in late 2010 or early 2011?... Only time will tell.

Newcastle Cancelled (or postponed?)


With great regret Elton John has been forced to postpone his concert tonight (Saturday 24 October) at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena.

Doctors confirmed that Elton has Flu. Upon medical advice he has been advised that he cannot perform tonight to allow him time to recover before performing the remaining dates on his UK tour.

A further announcement regarding the concert will be made very soon.

Stay tuned for a possible rescheduled date. 

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sheffield Concert Cancelled - Elton Has the Flu


With great regret Elton John has been forced to cancel his concert tonight (Friday 23 October) at Sheffield Arena.

Doctors visited Elton this afternoon and confirmed that he had Flu. Upon medical advice Elton has been advised that he cannot perform tonight to allow him time to recover before performing the remaining dates on his UK tour.

A spokesperson for Elton John commented: "Elton is terribly disappointed that he is unable to perform tonight's Red Piano show for the people of Sheffield. He has always enjoyed a tremendous reaction from the audiences every time he has performed at the Arena"

Concert promoters Marshall Arts ask ticket holders for Sheffield to retain their tickets. A further announcement regarding the concert will be made at 1pm on Monday 26 October 2009.

All other dates on Elton's Red Piano Tour will be not affected and are as follows:

Saturday 24 October - NEWCASTLE - Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 27 October - LONDON - Wembley Arena
Wednesday 28 October - LIVERPOOL - Echo Arena

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bob Birch Suffers Back Injury


During the recent Red Piano concert in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Bob Birch, Elton's Bass Guitarist had to perform from a chair (pictured) due to suffering a back injury.

Not only is Bob a very talented guitarist, he is very hard-working and loyal! 

He now appears to be better. 

Elton Adds Only UK Gig for 2010 - Watford FC


Elton will play his only UK concert next year at Vicarage Road, home of Watford Football Club. Along with his band and special guests, Elton will return to the ground on Saturday 29 May, 2010.

Elton, who is a long-term supporter of 'the Hornets', has generously agreed to donate his fees from the concert to the Club. The concert will raise funds to assist the playing side of the Club, which is managed by former Watford defender Malky Mackay. It will be Elton's third concert at Vicarage Road; he played there in 2005 and in 1974.

Elton is the Club's Honorary Life-President, and was the Chairman when the Club climbed the leagues and reached the top-flight and FA Cup Final, under the stewardship of former England boss Graham Taylor. Watford Chairman Jimmy Russo was delighted with the news. He said: "We are tremendously happy that Sir Elton John is returning to hold a concert at Vicarage Road. Everyone knows how passionate he is about this great Football Club and we're honoured that he is taking the time to return to Hertfordshire to perform. The last concert he held at Vicarage Road was fantastic and I hope all the supporters have a great night once again. "

Elton is currently touring the UK as part of his Red Piano tour, and will be playing Wembley Arena on October 27 and Liverpool Echo Arena on October 28. The one-off date at Vicarage Road is sure to be the highlight of 2010, as the Pinner-born star returns to a Club so close to his heart.

Ticket will go on public sale on Monday 9 November and Watford FC season ticket holders will have priority. Details and prices will be available in due course via Watfordfc.com

- EJ.COM

Could Elton Tour Down Under with Ray Mar/Apr 2010?


Sir Elton John and Ray Cooper have just announced a summer tour of South Africa "under African skies". Their first dates in the Southern Hemisphere for 2010.

As Elton is traveling so far south for these 4 gigs, it is very feasible that he may add Australia (and possibly New Zealand) on to this tour, either prior to March 21 or early April 2010. 

It makes sense logistically to fly the star and his equipment from SA to Australia and then back up to Europe/ America for a continuation of his tour in the Northern Hemisphere, rather than freighting everything back up and perhaps down later in the year, without Sir Elton touching base with his enormous Australian/ New Zealand market. 

The star tends to favor either November/ December or March/ April/ May for touring Australia. Making this seem more likely.  An Australian leg would fit nicely between his engagements in Africa (in March) and Europe (May 29 - only UK gig for '10). Sir Elton is also expected to announce more Ray Cooper european engagements for 2010 soon, which could fall around the May/ June Northern Hemisphere summer around his Watford FC show. 

After missing Australia out of his 2009 tour itinerary, and having performed here consecutively in 2006 (Captain & the Kid Tour - December), 2007 (A Knight Under the Stars Solo Tour - November/ December) and 2008 (Rocket Man Tour - May), Sir Elton is indeed due to keep in touch with Australian shores. 

As the entertainer has ruled out further touring of the Red Piano in 2010, and, Face to Face concerts with Billy Joel are only scheduled to tour through more of the United States and possibly South America, it realistically leaves only the Ray Cooper Tour to travel here. 

However, Elton has been very in-consistent of late. Who knows, we may see him in December 2010 with Billy Joel, a Red Piano or even a whole new show, to celebrate his new Album expected to be released in early 2010...

Stay tuned for more information, or alternatively,  ask Michael Chugg (nicely). 

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ray & Elton Coming to South Africa with New Tour


Sir Elton John will be returning to South Africa in March 2010 on his solo tour “Under African Skies”.  He will be joined in four relaxed, picnic-style concerts in Joburg, Durban, PE and Paarl by long-time collaborator and renowned percussionist, Ray Cooper.

Elton John's musical career spans for over four decades. To date he has sold over 200 million records worldwide and had a multitude of hits including Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me. He has also had success in film when he composed Can You Feel The Love Tonight for Disney's The Lion King, which won him both a Grammy and an Academy Award. Elton has gone onto compose various musical scores including Aida, Lestat and the award-winning musical Billy Elliot, which has played to well over 2.5 million people in London, Sydney and in New York, where it recently won 10 Tony awards including Best Musical. In 1998 Elton received a knighthood from the Queen for "services to music and charitable services”. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tour Itinerary:

 Johannesburg Sunday, 21 March 2010 Emmarentia Botanic Gardens, Tickets R501 

Durban Wednesday, 24 March Moses Mabhida Outer Fields Tickets R399 

Port Elizabeth Friday, 26 March NMMU Sportsfields South Campus Tickets R399

 Cape Town Sunday, 28 March Val De Vie Wine and Polo Estate, Franschhoek/Paarl Valley Tickets R501 

Tickets available from Computicket, www.computicket.com.

- Bizcommunity

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Elton & Billy Heading to Oklahoma City


Elton and Billy Joel have just announced another concert on the 2009 Face2Face tour. They will play the Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on November 25, 2009.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Billy & Elton Add 3 New Concerts - Denver, Little Rock & Kansas


Elton and Billy Joel have just announced another three concerts on the 2009 Face2Face tour. They will play the Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado on November 22, 2009, the Verizon Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas on November 28 and the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri on December 1.

- EJ.Com

Final Red Piano Concert to be Recorded


Elton's last performance of the Red Piano in Europe will be at the Dublin O2, Dublin, Ireland on October 30.  Concert Live will now record the full performance for CD, available for pre-order now or for collection at the venue. 

A new website for the UK leg of the Red Piano Tour has also been set up. See Elton John Red Piano for more information on this special encore tour.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lily Allen Abducts Sir Elton John


Lily Allen turns into one crazy fan in the video to her new song and kidnaps a lookalike of none other than Elton John.

The Smile singer goes to drastic lengths to get close to her idol in the video for Who'd Have Known.

In the music promo, Lily can be seen watching Sir Elton performing on TV while dressed in a bra in bed.

She then hatches a plan to kidnap him while pretending to be his driver and ties him up at her flat.

The infatuated star even tries to feed him pizza and draws a portrait of him.

Eventually, she forces him to make a telephone call where he declares his love for her - but only after being prompted by cue cards.

He finally legs it after tired Lily falls asleep next to her victim watching him on TV.

Who'd Have Known is taken from Lily's second album It's Not Me, It's You and samples Take That's song Shine.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

- Metro

Sir Elton Regrets Being a Virgin Until 23


Elton John regrets not losing his virginity until he was 23.

The pop legend - who married husband David Furnish in an extravagant civil ceremony in 2005 - wishes he hadn't waited so long until he started having sex.

He said: "I made the mistake of not having sex until I was 23! I loved being with another man and felt relieved that I finally knew who I was. I made the mistake of falling in love too soon because I was naive and romantic. My advice to you is to never chase love. It will find you when you least expect it. Have fun, have lots of safe sex and enjoy your sexuality. Be proud of who you are."

The "Candle in the Wind" singer revealed his sexual regrets when he was asked to write a letter to his 16-year-old self, to offer advice on how to be happy in life.

He wrote: "I made a lot of mistakes. Stay away from drugs, they're a waste of time. Stand up for every human being's rights. Be loving, kind and strong. Set an example. You're going to have one hell of a life!"

His full note appears in Joseph Galliano's new book "Dear me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self."

- ABS CBN

Win a chance to Dance with Elton & get a Backstage Tour


POP legend Elton John returns to Liverpool's ECHO arena this month.

And we’re offering you the chance to win the prize of a lifetime.

We’ve got a pair of front row tickets to give away, which include the chance to take to the stage with Elton during one of his smash-hit songs.

We’ve also got two pairs of tickets which include a backstage tour with one of the show’s producers.

And that’s not all: we’ve got a further seven pairs of £75 tickets to give away for the October 28 show.

The concert is the last UK date for Elton’s spectacular Red Piano show, which started in 2004 and ran for 243 performances at The Colosseum in Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace before hitting the road.

Elton said: "We really enjoyedplaying to Liverpool last December, the reaction from the audience and the musical history that the city has left us in no doubt that the ECHO Arena had to be the last venue we played in the UK.”

The show features Elton and his band performing the pick of his back catalogue – including hits such as Rocket Man, Yellow Brick Road and Candle In The Wind – surrounded by a feast of images from throughout his career.

The larger-than-life set, complete with Elton’s Yamaha red grand piano, has been designed by acclaimed photographer and good friend of Elton, David LaChapelle.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the question below:

Where did Elton John first perform The Red Piano Show?

A. The Bellagio

B. Caesars Palace

C. The Venetian

How to enter:

Call: 0901 657 0090 and follow the instructions

Or text: 84080 then key in LECOMP52, leave a space and answer

Lines open at 7am today and close at midnight tomorrow

Calls cost 60p and texts cost 50p, though mobile charges may vary.

PRIZE DETAILS:

One pair of front row tickets and one stage pass to stand around Elton’s piano as he plays “Saturday Nights Alright”

Two pairs of £100.00 tickets, which include a guided backstage tour with one of the production team who will explain how the show works. The tour lasts approximately 20-25 mins.

Seven pairs of £75.00 tickets

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

1. Lines will be open from 7am Monday, October 19, until 12 midnight Tuesday, October 20.

2. BT landline calls cost 60p each. Calls from other landline operators/mobiles/payphones may vary. Text entries cost 50p each plus standard network rate. 3. Unlimited number of entries per person, however only one winner permitted per household.

4. 10 Winners will be selected at random when lines close from all correct entries received. 5. Prizes are not transferable, no cash alternatives available. 6. Std Trinity Mirror Rules apply, available on request or viewed at www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/rules. Service Provider: Eckoh UK Ltd, PO Box 306, HP3 9FT Tel: 01442 450707

- Liverpool Echo

Friday, October 16, 2009

Elton Invited to Stephen Gately's Funeral


It will be the most emotional gig of Boyzone’s career and – with one missing voice – its saddest.

Among the musical tributes at Stephen Gately’s funeral tomorrow will be a song by the four remaining group members.

After talking it over with his family the lads agreed “it is what Stephen would have wanted”, a source confirmed yesterday.

Last night they had yet to decide on the song but will settle that today with the family and Stephen’s partner Andy Cowles.

Boyzone members Ronan Keating, 32, Shane Lynch, 33, Mikey Graham, 37, and Keith Duffy, 35, are also expected to carry the casket, along with two relatives.

Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the four members of Westlife are expected to join mourners at the service in Dublin. The family’s solicitor Gerard Kean said: “We expect it to be a very musical affair in tribute to his great talent.”

Stephen’s parents Margaret and Martin last night thanked his fans for their support.

They have been inundated with messages and cards from well-wishers.

They couple said: “It's been a great deal of comfort to us through this terrible time. All of your kind thoughts and prayers have helped us get through this horr-endous ordeal.”

Boyzone manager Louis Walsh said: “I think Dublin will come and pour its heart out.

“It’s going to be the best send-off we’ve ever done in Ireland. There’s going to be a lot of crying and great stories. We have to celebrate his life.”

Today Ronan, Shane, Mikey and Keith return to Majorca to pick up their pal’s body and bring it back to his family.

They will fly to Palma on a private jet and might not leave the airport before going back to Dublin, accompanied by Andy and Stephen’s elder sister Michelle.

The body will be driven with a police escort from Dublin airport to a funeral parlour to be prepared by undertakers. It will then go to a chapel of rest near the Gately family home in Dublin’s inner city for a private viewing and mass.

At 7.30pm it will be moved to the nearby St Laurence O’Toole church.

The Boyzone four and some family members will stay with it overnight.

Irish PM Bertie Ahern, who is close to Stephen’s family, is expected to attend the funeral mass at noon tomorrow. It will be followed by a cremation service at Dublin’s Glasnevin crematorium.

It is believed Ronan or Andy, 31, may speak at the service. The family are waiting for Andy to arrive back in Ireland to run the details past him. He was in the Majorca flat the couple shared when Stephen, 33, was found dead by a friend, Georgi Dochev, on Saturday.

A postmortem revealed he died of natural causes – fluid on the lungs consistent with heart failure.

Yesterday Boyzone visited Stephen’s parents before meeting Dublin police to discuss security. Mikey was seen strolling through the small churchyard with officers and the group spoke to Father Declan Blake.

Ronan is said to be “utterly heartbroken”.

Volunteers have been tidying the grounds and preparing the area. Friends and neighbours were making the terraced streets shine for Stephen’s return. Thousands are expected to line the route to pay their respects to the singer.

Councillor Nial Ring said: “When something happens to one of their own, the community spirit comes out.”

The family asked for donations, instead of flowers, to Caudwell Children, a Stokebased charity for whom Stephen was a goodwill ambassador. A spokesman said the star “could never do enough” for them.

- Mirror

My Ideal Set List


Charitybuzz is having an auction where the winner gets to choose Elton's set list for his upcoming charity concert at the Andy Roddick Charity Gala.

Although I personally cant afford the asking price, I thought it would be a great idea to suggest possible set lists. I sincerely hope that the winner of this auction uses this very special opportunity to get Elton to perform some rare and unique pieces.

Below is my ideal set list. I would love to hear from fellow fans on what their ideal 30 track solo set would be. Feel free to comment.

- The One
- Your Song
- Whispers
- Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds
- High Flying Bird
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
- American Triangle
- Ticking
- Skyline Pigeon
- All That I'm Allowed
- We all Fall in Love Sometimes/ Curtains
- Someone Saved my Life Tonight
- Harmony
- Oh My Sweet Carolina
- Simple Life
- Roy Rogers
- Come Down in Time
- Elton's Song
- Original Sin
- Holiday Inn
- Blue Avenue
- The Bridge
- Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes
- Blue Eyes
- I'm Still Standing
- Blessed
- Electricity
- Circle of Life

- Funeral for a Friend/ Love Lies Bleeding
- Song For Guy/ The Last Song


P.S: This was extremely hard! There are many hits I would have loved to have put in, but why not use this opportunity to hear non-hits?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Elton: "60 is the new 40"


After more than 200 shows in Vegas since 2004, Elton can't wait for the London leg of limited four date UK tour.

He explains: "Doing Vegas was the ultimate challenge. They say it's where musicians go to die and there hadn't been a real rock and roll show there since Elvis Presley. But we created a show that is fun for me to do every night."

But why The Red Piano?

"I was actually fed up playing a black piano. I said 'let's have a red piano' and that set the tone for the show. The colour red signifies love and there are so many songs in this show about that."

But Elton has toned down his outfits over the years.

"Looking back I'm like 'oh my God, did I actually wear that? Did I do that?'

"And there is a parallel between a Rocket Man and being a rock star on stage. Especially in the early years of my career, when I didn't have any balance in my life, it was a lonely existence."

But do expect some glamour. Elton says: "I've always dressed up to get on stage. I just couldn't go on stage with what I was wearing from the street.

" There's part of that British kind of pantomime, whatever it is, heritage thing that we have in England, where performers like Mick Jagger and David Bowie and Rod Stewart and Freddie Mercury and me - we come from that and we all embrace that.

"I'm not as flamboyant as I used to be, but this show does give me the chance to revisit my past in a dignified way."

And expect Elton to be chatting away to the audience, maybe even more than usual.

"In this show I talk to the audience a great deal more. There's so much going on on stage, but that allows me to have conversations and tell the audience about the songs and how they were written."

You sense that Elton has mellowed somewhat over the years, and he is even happy to talk about his infamous Tantrums and Tiaras TV documentary.

Laughing, he says: "I'm the most famous poof in the world. I love it and I wouldn't have it any other way. I wouldn't want to live my life hiding, running , having something I was ashamed of.

"I didn't ask to be this way but it just came out like that. I'm very happy with who I am. That's why I did Tantrums and Tiaras and David did it for me and it's because I wanted to show people the truth. But I did learn something from it, and at least it was the truth."

But back to the show and the people and musicians around him that Elton says he couldn't have had any of his successes without.

"I'm very proud of the show and the fact that it is totally me. It is what I like from an artistic point of view, it's fun, with the songs I really love.

"I couldn't survive without my people and my sanity wouldn't have survived without them either. We've been through an incredible ride together. You live an insane kind of life, you have an insane schedule, you're on the road, you have to have your own little family with you. I've been writing with Bernie Taupin for 38 years!"

But how long will Elton continue performing live?.

"As long as I'm enjoying it and I still have the passion to improve and the ability to improve, then I'm still going to go out there and do it.

"I think, you know, 60 is the new 40, because I don't feel 60, even though I am. But it's no point in me carrying on as a musician and a songwriter if I don't want to improve."

- Bdrecorder

Recent Deaths of Stephen Gately & Kevin McGee Take Toll on Elton


He is usually the life and soul of the party. But on this occasion, Sir Elton John was not his buoyant self.
The toll of a stressful week appeared to be etched across the singer’s face as he left Scott’s restaurant in Central London on Monday night.

Sir Elton, 62, had arrived with his civil partner David Furnish for a romantic meal ahead of Furnish's 47th birthday next week.

But when the couple left three hours later they could barely raise a smile. Sir Elton’s eyes looked bloodshot and his face was drawn.

He is obviously feeling the loss of close friend Stephen Gately, who was found dead in Majorca at the weekend.
Sir Elton said he was ‘stunned’ by the tragedy. He had helped the Boyzone singer overcome an addiction to prescription drugs following the band’s split in 2000, and had also introduced him to his boyfriend Andrew Cowles.

The couple had arrived at Scott's in Mayfair shortly after 8pm, where there was just one photographer loitering at the celebrity haunt to take their picture - not the scrum that generally awaits their arrival.
But as the hours passed, matters both inside and outside Scott's apparently took an unfavourable turn.

Elton looked rather unsteady on his loafers as he left the restaurant after 11pm.
If the singer was not so famously teetotal, one might almost have thought he had been drinking.
Perhaps then the longevity of the dinner - which lasted some three hours - must have taken its toll on the 62-year-old singer.
Outside Scott's, with no other celebrity parties of any note in London on Monday night, the crowd of paparazzi had grown to 25 in number.

All of which made for rather an unfortunate scene as Elton was led out of the restaurant to make the short distance across the pavement to his chauffeur-driven gold Bentley.

Coming out into the cold, with Furnish clasping his hand tightly as if to guide him, Elton looked rather careworn.
Elton walked slowly and purposefully as his security team cleared a wide berth for him.

When it came to walking down the couple of low steps on to the pavement, he also appeared to find that tricky and can be seen in one picture sticking his tongue slightly out as if to help his concentration.

When he reached the car, Furnish took a firm grip under Elton's left armpit to steady him while one of the singer's other guests put a protective arm around him on the other side to guide him into the back seat.

Once the pair were safely in, the Bentley sped off in the direction of Elton's town house in Holland Park, west London.
The singer is midway through a world tour and was flying out yesterday to Antwerp.

Elton John's publicist said last night: ‘He’s in the middle of a very long tour. Other than that there is nothing to comment about.'

- Daily Mail

Will Elton & Billy Play Verizon Arena's 10th Anniversary?


Next Monday, Verizon Arena is hosting a special press conference to announce the mystery guests who'll help the arena celebrate 10 years in operation.

Everyone at Verizon is being tight-lipped. All they've said is that the concert will happen this year and that it'll feature "two of the world's most renowned performers" on the same stage.

Could it be Sir Elton & Mr. Billy?

Elton John and Billy Joel. The piano bar heroes are in the middle of a co-headlining tour. John inaugurated the Arena back in 1999. They don't have many dates scheduled in December.

Stay tuned to see if it is. 

- Arktimes

Bruce Springsteen, Bono Appear on Spectacle Season 2


Last year, the Sundance Channel debuted "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...", a music/interview show featuring Elvis Costello as the host. On the show, guests like Lou Reed, Jenny Lewis, She & Him, and Bill Clinton sat down to talk with the cantankerous new wave legend. In most cases, they also played music with him, though Clinton sadly didn't dust off the saxophone. Later this year, the show will return for its second season, with another impressive slate of guests.

The second season of "Spectacle" will start on December 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and it'll run for seven episodes. This time around, the guests will include Bruce Springsteen, Bono, the Edge, Neko Case, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm, Richard Thompson, and Allen Toussaint, among others. Episodes of the show are taped in front of a live audience at Harlem's Apollo Theater and Toronto's Masonic Temple.

The first season of "Spectacle" is currently out on iTunes, with a DVD/Blu-ray release scheduled for November 10.

- Pitchfork

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Elton's Half-Brother Opposes his Adoption Plan


MEGA-STAR Sir Elton John’s half-brother has spoken out against the singer’s attempts to adopt a baby boy from a Ukrainian orphanage.

Geoff Dwight says the Ukrainian authorities are right to say that – at 62 – the musician is too old to be thinking about raising a child.

Geoff, 43, from Ruthin, Denbighshire, also suggested allowing a same-sex couple to raise 15-month-old Lev could see the child fall victim to playground bullies.

Sir Elton said last month that he and partner David Furnish, 46, wanted to give Lev a home after meeting the child during a charity tour of an orphanage.

But software developer Geoff insisted the boy’s alcoholic mum Marina ought to be given the chance to clean up her act and take him back.

Ukrainian law says adoptive parents cannot be more than 45 years older than the child and does not permit gay couples to take on kids.

Father-of-two Geoff told Wales on Sunday: “That’s sensible (to have an age limit for adoption) because you have to look at children growing up and the age of their parents.”

Sir Elton and his estranged half-brother have long had a troubled relationship.

Although he is intensely proud of his half-brother’s success, Geoff, one of four sons by Sir Elton’s father’s second marriage, has criticised the singer for failing to turn up to their dad’s funeral in 1991. Sir Elton said “he had never really connected” with their dad.

Sir Elton’s rendition of Candle in the Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral six years later “rang very hollow” for Geoff after the star’s no show at their dad’s burial.

He has also suggested the star has never fully acknowledged the role their dad Stanley Dwight played in his success – he saved to buy the singer, who is now worth £175m, his first piano.

Geoff maintains Sir Elton became indifferent to his former World War Two fighter pilot dad because he sided with his mum Sheila after his parents divorced when he was 15.

But the singer has said their dad was a harsh disciplinarian who even banned him from listening to pop music. And there were few signs of any improvement in their relationship when Geoff insisted the Ukrainian’s ban on gay couples adopting could be in Lev’s best interests.

Geoff, whose life in a humble terrace cottage worth about £130,000 could not be further removed from the glamour surrounding Sir Elton’s, added: “From the child’s point of view they’ve got to go to school and all the rest of it. You know what it’s like in school – if you’ve got anything slightly different then it gets pounced on.

“We can all have difficulties in school for all sorts of reasons and you’d see this as one, wouldn’t you?”

Though the pair are no longer in touch Geoff has spoken of how Sir Elton was like a “long lost big brother” when he was growing up.

Before Sir Elton hit the big time Christmas cards arrived without fail, but later Geoff says he and his three brothers, Stanley, Robert and Simon, became the “baggage he left behind”.

Sir Elton’s adoption bid comes after celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Madonna have adopted children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Malawi.

Geoff insisted HIV positive mum Marina’s claims on her son should not be overlooked as Sir Elton looks to create a new family for himself.

She has said she will not give her baby to the superstar for “any money”.

Geoff, who once lived in a shed to make ends meet, added: “I hope she does (get the boy back).

“I’m sure that whatever she’s done she must have done the best thing for the kid. I’m sure she hopes that one day she’ll be able to deal with the kid’s life.”

But he said there was nothing wrong with Sir Elton using his superstar status to try to overcome the rules standing in the way of the boy’s adoption.

He added: “We’re all the same and I suppose being a celebrity gives you a few more strings you can pull.”

A spokesman for Sir Elton declined to comment.

- Wales Online

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Red Piano Europe 2009 Tour Set List


Sir Elton and the new band have just completed their first gig from the 2009 Red Piano Europe tour, in Moscow, Russia. Please find the set list below.

- Bennie & the Jets
- Philadelphia Freedom
- Believe
- Daniel 
- Rocket Man
- I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
- Someone Saved My Life Tonight
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
- Nikita 

- Tiny Dancer
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
- Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
- Candle In The Wind
- Pinball Wizard
- The Bitch Is Back
- I'm Still Standing
- Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

- Your Song

Please note that Nikita was featured for the Russian audience, it may or may not be included in the rest of the tour, it may also be substituted for other songs. However, the rest of the set is expected to remain constant throughout the tour.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Introducing Keyboardist Kim Bullard


Tomorrow, Wednesday, Elton and the band are back on the road for the final Red Piano tour of Europe. Elton will take the record-breaking show, which began at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas in 2004, to twelve European cities.

The first date is at The Olimpiiski Stadium, Moscow, Russia, and the tour then travels through Finland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Spain before coming to England for four dates and then a final show in Dublin, Ireland on October 30.

Kim Bullard will join the band as keyboard player, following the sudden and untimely death last month of Guy Babylon.

- ej.com

Concert Live Recording Final Red Piano Tour


Once again Concert Live are working with Elton John and will be recording the following dates on the Red Piano tour:


 
13-Oct-09 Antwerp Sportpaleis 
15-Oct-09 Dusseldorf ISS Dome 
17-Oct-09 Rotterdam Ahoy Arena 
20-Oct-09 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi 
23-Oct-09 Sheffield The Arena 
24-Oct-09 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 
27-Oct-09 London Wembley Arena 
28-Oct-09 Liverpool Echo Arena

Featuring many of Elton's classic hits, Each 3CD live recording is presented in exclusive packaging with bespoke artwork. The package includes a double CD from the performance and an innovative 3rd 'encore disc'. This means fans collecting at-concert will be able to download the end of the concert as soon as they get home, and get their hands on the live CD the moment the show finishes!

Buy Here

- ej.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Lev Saga Continues...


The father of the Ukrainian boy SIR ELTON JOHN dreamed of adopting wants the singer to take the tot to Britain - so he can come along too.

John and his partner David Furnish wanted to take 15-month-old Lev back to England after meeting him during a visit to an orphanage in Makeeva, Ukraine last month (Sep09). 

The country has a ban on gay couples fostering children so the couple was forced to give up on their dream of parenting Lev. 

His alcoholic mother Marina revealed she wanted the tot back in her care - but his father Sergey also wants to play a part in Lev's life. 

Sergey has pleaded with John and Furnish to look after the youngster - and to help him escape his impoverished lifestyle. 

Sergey says, "I'm not against the idea of Elton becoming a guardian. I would be willing to meet Elton and talk about it. 
"I don't mind my boy going to Britain to be with Elton - as long as I can go too, so I can take care of him. 

"I know Elton is a rich man. Maybe he could help Marina and me and the boys get a flat so we could be a family again. That would be ideal. And if Elton could buy me a shoe shop, that would be great."

- Contact Music

The mother of a 15-month-old Ukrainian boy that Elton John wanted to adopt has pleaded with the star to drop his plans, according to a report Monday.

The mother, known only as Marina, told the Sun newspaper that she wanted to get her life back on track so that she could retrieve her son from the Ukrainian orphanage where he now lives.

"I love him so much and desperately want him back so I can hold him," she told the tabloid in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine.

The woman, an impoverished alcoholic who is HIV positive, had both of her children taken away from her by social workers, according to the newspaper.

"I know Elton fell in love with my Lev. I saw him holding him and kissing him on TV and in the newspapers. I understand Elton's feelings. Lev is a very funny and cheerful boy. It's impossible not to love him," she said.

"But I'm going to overcome my problems. I so much want my babies back."

- AFP

Monday, October 5, 2009

Buy Your Elton John 2010 Calendar Now!


Combine the efforts of the very talented pop art style art of Walter Vermeulen (Old 76) and fun facts, figures, trivia and birthdays of the Elton John.Com forum, and what do you get?, the most amazing, must have 2010 calendar for any serious Elton John fan.

The calendar features 12 original artworks, presented in a bound, professionally printed calendar. See Flickr for a preview. 

The calendars are $25 USD each, payable via Paypal. Please ask for postage rates for global shipping. 

Please contact Sue (sk_moses@yahoo.com) to purchase or for enquiries.


More Elton & Ray in 2010


At his 2 October gig in Paris, France, Sir Elton announced that due to the great success of this seven date tour, a much larger tour will occur in Europe next year!

So stay tuned, more tour dates should be announced soon.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Will Guy Be Replaced? If So, By Whom?


Sir Elton and the band hit the road again on October 7 for their first show since the very tragic and sudden passing of long serving keyboardist, Guy Babylon.

Below are some questions raised by this tragedy, and how the band will be effected.

Without sounding disrespectful, the Elton John touring machine must continue. The first show is a Red Piano show in Moscow, Russia. Will a new keyboardist be added to the band, if so, who will it be? If not, how will this effect the sound at a live, full band show?

Will there be a special Red Piano tribute to Guy? Will Elton perform "Blues Never Fade Away" solo? Will the band join in? Will a different, up-tempo number be dedicated to him?

If Guy is replaced (which is an extremely hard thing to do, given his enormous talent, dedication and well rehearsed programming for the tour) who could fill his shoes? Below are some suggestions:

  • James Newton Howard (a talented composer who has worked with Elton in the past).
  • Fred Mandel (has previously worked with the band).
  • Lyndsay Vannoy (temporarily replaced Guy in 2005).
We will find out the answer to these questions on October 7.

Please feel free to comment below on wether or not you think he will be replaced and if so by whom.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Listen to Elton & Brandi's "Caroline"


"Ghost," Carlile's third studio album, features an impressive array of well-known musicians including Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls and her childhood music idol Elton John, who she says had an enormous impact on her early life as a songwriter. John plays on the track "Caroline." Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers also sat in on some of the "Ghost" sessions.

Carlile recently told Billboard.com that the album's songs were inspired by dreams. "Your subconscious tells you so many more interesting things than what you conscious mind tells you day to day," she said.

"Give Up The Ghost" follows Carlile's 2007 album "The Story," which peaked at No. 17 on the Rock Albums chart. Carlile and her band are currently touring the "Give Up the Ghost Traveling Show," which is on the road across the U.S. through Oct. 24.

Listen to Caroline HERE

-Billboard

Empire of The Sun Writing with Sir Elton


Empire Of The Sun's Nick Littlemore has revealed that he has been writing songs with Elton John during his five-month absence from the band.

Earlier this month Empire Of The Sun mainman Luke Steele admitted that he hadn't seen bandmate Littlemore for five months. Now Littlemore has revealed that he has been off globetrotting, working on the new album with his band Pnau.

"We're making a studio album with Elton John co-writing on some tracks for the next Pnau album," he told NME.COM. "We met Elton in Australia and his manager has now become our manager."

Explaining why he hadn't been in touch with Steele he said: "I've been working with Cirque du Soleil in Montreal and writing and recording the next Pnau album in London, Atlanta and New York with [Pnau bandmate] Peter Mayes.

"I was recording in Atlanta and swimming with my phone in my pocket," he said about not giving Steele a call all this time. "I've never managed to replace it."

Littlemore added that he would be playing live soon. "We're fully in recording mode and will be playing New York, Miami and Mexico in November," he said.

"Mexico is a festival called Sonofilia [which takes place in Guadalajara on November 21] which will be huge. There will be new Pnau music some time next year."

- NME