Monday, May 31, 2010
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Sir Elton's current European band tour will be recorded by Simfy Live. All concerts from Warsaw to Kosice inclusive (excludes Israel) will be recorded for purchase either at the venue or via the website.
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"I have always believed that music inhabits a world set apart from politics, religious differences or prejudice of any kind.
"Throughout my career I have made a point of playing concerts in challenging places, such as the USSR and Northern Ireland in the 1970s, Israel in the 1990s and very recently Morocco. Every concert was an enjoyable event for us all and, as I found in Morocco just this last Wednesday, it is always a great experience playing to a new audience in a new country, getting a wonderful warm reception, and hearing the 30,000-strong audience singing along to lyrics that are not in their native tongue.
"Music is, and always will be, a universal language, free from boundaries. It can and does inspire unity and builds bridges between people, and I will continue to play concerts anywhere in the world where I can encourage that unity."
- Sir Elton John (May 28, 2010)
GLOBAL music phenomenon Elton John is rumoured to be visiting Northwood Hills this Saturday for a plaque unveiling in his honour.
The unveiling will take place at The Northwood Hills pub, in Joel Street – the first venue where the singer is said to have performed professionally.
At the age of 15, he is believed to have become a weekend pianist at the pub, formerly known as the Northwood Hills Hotel, playing Thursday to Sunday nights for £35 per week, plus tips.
Known by the name of 'Reggie', he played songs by Jim Reeves and Ray Charles, as well as numbers he penned himself, while watched by his adoring mother, Sheila, and her boyfriend, Fred.
The Northwood Hills pub is also said to feature on one of the singer's albums.
He is due to take to the stage nearby in Watford on Saturday night.
The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor David Yarrow, will also be attending the plaque unveiling.
See the Gazette website from Monday for pictures of the event.
- Uxbridge Gazette
- Uxbridge Gazette
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Meet Elton John and sit in the FRONT ROW at a concert anywhere in the world on his current tour!
Meet the legendary Elton John and see him perform his countless hits! This timeless artist has sold more than 250 million albums and is one of the most successful and enduring performers in history. The Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe winner has provided the soundtrack to our lives with such timeless classics as "Your Song," "Rocket Man," "Daniel," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Candle in the Wind," and dozens more. The winner of this auction will get to see this living legend perform live and enjoy a meet and greet with Elton. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience of a lifetime!
The Package: This auction includes two FRONT ROW seats (valued at approximately $200 each, including tax and fees) to an Elton John concert in North America, Europe or Israel between June 10, 2010 and Dec. 1, 2010. There will be a MEET AND GREET experience for both guests with Elton John either before or after the performance. The meet and greet will take place in a special backstage green room area.
Date: Concert will be one of Elton John's dates in North America, Europe or Israel between June 10, 2010 and Dec. 1, 2010. If you or your guest has a scheduling conflict with any of the dates above, you must notify us at the time of submitting payment. Dates can be found at eltonjohn.com.
The Meet & Greet: A chaperone will escort you and your guest to meet Elton John either before or after the show for the meet and greet. Details will be coordinated closer to show. Other special guests, chaperones, and/or security may be present. If desired, Elton John will sign up to two pieces of memorabilia for you. Photographs with him will be at his discretion. Please note that cameras are often not allowed in venue, although camera phones are permitted. Please check the rules of your participating venue before the show.
Additional Details: Transportation, accommodations, and any expenses are NOT included and are the responsibility of the winning bidder.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
The ageing rockers, led by Mick Jagger, are making plans for a world tour that will reach Australia by 2012.
Other big names tipped to be here this year or next include U2, Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Peter Gabriel, America, Leona Lewis, Chicago, Roxy Music, Billy Joel and Elton John.
"The Stones are coming - and they want crazy money," a respected tour promoter told theSunday Herald Sun.
The Stones will play stadiums and have already rebuffed other overseas offers of $2.4 million a show.
A local promoter who pitched $14.4 million for six shows in three cities was told by agents for the Stones: "You are not even in the ball park."
People in the Stones camp say US drummer Steve Jordan will stand in for Charlie Watts, who has vowed to quit world touring.
And they say guitarist Keith Richards has reconvened the band to make a new album and take a show on the road.
"This has been rumbling for the last 18 months. Offers are on the table," a source said. "An announcement and dates are imminent."
Influential singer Peter Gabriel and classic rock acts America, Chicago and Peter Frampton are rumoured to tour in the same month.
Singer Leona Lewis is also planning shows at the end of the year.
Californian supergroup the Eagles are planning to hit Australian shores early next year, US rockers Bon Jovi plan to be here in January and seminal art rock band Roxy Music is slated to tour in February.
The line-up will include singer Bryan Ferry but not Brian Eno.
Superstar Neil Diamond is set to do a national run in March and U2 will be here in 2011.
U2's new world tour has been delayed by a back injury to singer Bono.
The Pretenders, Blondie, Hall and Oates and John Farnham are strongly tipped to do winery shows this summer.
Teen pop star Justin Bieber hinted at shows in summer but no dates are set.
Promoters are keen for singing spinster Susan Boyle, but she is yet to create a show.
The Rolling Stones' media handlers, US firm Rogers and Cowan, did not respond to email inquiries about tour plans.
But a source within the Stones said: "Keith has put the call out for a new album and a world tour."
- Herald Sun
The support acts due to play before Sir Elton John at his Vicarage Road concert have been announced.
Pearl and the Puppets and singer-songwriter Murray James will both perform inside the Hornets' ground before Sir Elton takes to the stage in front of 18,000 fans on Saturday, May 29.
Murray is a blues, soul and reggae musician and has supported artists such as Candi Staton and Amy Macdonald.
Former Woolworths employee Pearl, from Glasgow, is signed to Sir Elton's Twenty-First Artists label and has supported him in America.
She has also played with the Sugababes.
Watford Borough Council has also released details of traffic restrictions on the day of the concert.
There will be no loading or parking in Vicarage Road between Harwoods Road and Farraline Road, from 8am to midnight.
This also applies to blue badge holders.
As the concert is not part of match day restrictions, permit bays in controlled parking zones M and N will not be enforced.
However, permit bays in full controlled areas will be enforced up to 6.30pm and yellow lines will be “robustly enforced” throughout the day.
The council also warned that police are likely to close Vicarage Road entirely between 3pm and 8pm, and then again between 10.30pm and midnight.
After more than a year of planning, organisers of the Elton John concert are bracing themselves for the final week, which the project manager has described as a “military operation”.
Work on next Saturday’s (May 29) concert started more than 12 months ago but the heavy machinery will start rolling into Vicarage Roadfrom Monday as all the preparation starts to come together.
Paddy Flavin was made redundant by Watford in April last year but head of operations Glyn Evans decided to bring Flavin back to assist with the concert on a consultancy basis due to his experience in helping to organise the former chairman’s last performance at Vicarage Road in 2005.
Flavin explained: “There will be five days of artics coming in and there is a production schedule where everything works to the hour.
“If that is not complied with then you could have some real problems on your hands so it is quite a military operation from next Monday.
“There are lots of agencies we are working with to set up six hours of concert on one day, for one person – it is quite amazing really. That is the power of somebody who is an icon.
“But there will be nearly 20,000 people here having a great time and that is what it is all about.”
The amount of time and effort that has gone into the concert has been quite staggering – for example it has taken around eight months just to have the stadium plan signed off.
Every temporary structure has to have the exact calculations documented and approved by the Safety Advisory Group, who are now in dialogue with the club on a daily basis.
The task is made considerably more difficult due to almost 9,000 extra seats being installed on the pitch as additional turnstiles, toilets, signage and flooring is needed.
Work has been taking place this week in preparation, including seats in the Lower Rous being taken out to make space for disabled ramps.
Flavin explained that although the stadium is capable of hosting concerts, there are a number of issues and problems which must be addressed, ranging from the East Stand roof to needing fire certificates for the drapes in the changing rooms.
The East Stand roof has been deemed unsafe so a crash deck has been installed, every contractor needs public liability insurance and there are different laws for hosting concerts compared to sporting events.
Matters were made more difficult by the fact that until May 8, it was unclear whether Saracenswould be playing a semi-final at Vicarage Road last weekend.
Evans said experiences from the 2005 concert have helped immensely but explained that everything still needed to be started from scratch as the stadium layout has changed and the stage is a different size.
He estimated the club will spend around £600,000 on the concert and the stage alone will cost £78,000.
Two thousand emails from 46 different contractors gives an indication of the scale of the challenge in hosting the event.
But Evans said: “We have harnessed a lot of skills which we have within the club to be able to put this together and the mortar in the bricks of this has been Paddy as the project manager.
“And we continue to do the day job which is quite incredible in a restructured business with less hands.
“It has been hard work but the benefit will be that we raise money for players, that is the critical thing.”
The pitch was this week stripped of all its grass and special panelling called Super Track will be used as flooring.
Security guards will be employed to protect the equipment at night during the next week and Upper Occupation Road will effectively be closed from Monday.
Immediately after the event all the sound equipment will be packed up and sent to the next destination and Flavin expects everything at Vicarage Road to return to normal by June 2.
- Watford Observer
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Elton and Bernie Taupin are also collaborating on some new material for the score which will be conducted by James Newton Howard.
Michael Caine, Ozzy Osbourne, Patrick Stewart and Matt Lucas are involved in the voice acting.
Pathe International will distribute the feature.
- www.patheinternational.com & Elton John World
English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist, Elton John has sold more than 250 million records in four decades, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. Elton John autographed a pair of Yohji Yamamoto's yellow shoes. Head shot included.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010
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With Simon Cowell’s exit from “American Idol” fast approaching, the search to fill his spot at the judge’s table is heating up.Access Hollywood has learned that Sir Elton John is one candidate who will not be taking over for sharp-tongued Brit.
Elton, who was a guest judge on Season 3 of the hit FOX reality series, has turned down a whopping $33 million offer to be a judge on “Idol.” It is not known if the massive payday was for one season or for a multi-year contract.
A rep for FOX told Access they had “no comment” about Elton being offered the job and a rep for the singer was unavailable for comment when contacted by Access.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Cowell’s replacement will not be named until after the May 26 finale.
- Access Hollywood (NBC Universal)
Sunday, May 9, 2010
They believe he would bolster ratings, which have slumped since Cowell said he was quitting after the current ninth season.
Sir Elton, 63, rejected overtures from Fox TV when it offered him the job in January. Last week, however, he met executives again while in New York for the Time magazine 100 gala in honour of the most influential people of the year. They are believed to have offered him more than the £22million a season they pay Cowell.
Idol bosses have been longing to lure Sir Elton back since he rounded on Cowell and the other judges for booting off eventual Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
Executives were exultant over the ratings-boosting uproar. One of the show’s 20 producers said: “Everyone loves Sir Elton. As well as being outspoken, he has an air of gravitas as an icon of the music industry.
“He’s British too. Having Sir Elton on board would be a guaranteed ratings blockbuster all over the world.”
The show’s audience has fallen since Cowell said he was quitting to launch a US X Factor.
Sir Elton is still a crowd pleaser. Fans loved his haunting performance of Your Song on the annual Idol Gives Back charity fundraiser, which helped to raise millions for Feeding America, Malaria No More, the Children’s Health Fund and United Nations Foundation.
Another senior Idol insider said: “Part of the pitch to get Sir Elton on board was that the show can become an even bigger fundraiser for various charities. We’re barely more than a cat’s whisker away from getting ink on paper.”
Friday, May 7, 2010
In the strictest of balletic terms, it could be said that choreographer Jean Grand Maitre has shot down Swan Lake -- but wait till you get a load with what he's done with all those feathers and rhinestones.
After months of speculation, planning and hype, Grand Maitre and his Alberta Ballet Company officially unveiled their latest work Thursday on the stage of the Jubilee Auditorium for what looked to be a capacity crowd.
And what they delivered was a two-hour story ballet Love Lies Bleeding, set to tunes composed and made famous by one Reginald Kenneth Dwight, more popularly known as Elton John, and his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin.
But Love Lies Bleeding isn't merely set to John's music, it is also an allegorical retelling of his life, painted in the broad brush strokes of popular culture, referencing everything from A Clockwork Orange to the work of Warhol. It tells the story of a young fan (Yukichi Hattori) who wanders onto the stage only to get swept up in the life of his super-star hero, until he all but consumed by the sex, drugs and debauchery of the rock n' roll world.
It is, of course, a story that in the telling gives Grand Maitre and his collaborators plenty of opportunity to dip into the Elton John songbook and explore not only enduring classics like Bennie and The Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Rocketman, but also lesser known works The Bridge, I Need You To Turn To and a host of others, all rendered in John's familiar recorded voice and all used to maximum effect.
And it also offers plenty of opportunity to showcase the talent in Grand Maitre's hard-working company, sometimes quite literally.
Considering the reported $1.2-million budget for the work, Martine Bertrand's costumes don't seem to cover a lot of turf, designed as they are to showcase the dancer as much as the dance.
But if some of the costumes are skimpy, the rest of the ballet is as lavish as one might expect a ballet on John's life to be. It's a visual tapesty that spins together the work of lighting designer Piere Lavoie, scenic designer Guillaume Lord and video designer Adam Larsen in an evening that is simply spectacular -- an homage to excess that embraces everything from La Cage to this company's Calgary cowboy roots, with heavy dollops of drag and more than a soupcon of homoeroticism thrown in for good measure, this being Elton John's story, after all.
From a choreographic perspective, Grand Maitre's sources are equally eclectic.
While the company's classical roots are on occasion evident, Grand Maitre also incorporates influences as diverse as break dancing and ballroom, mixed in with just a hint of pole dancing, a touch of religious iconography and a dollop of So You Think You Can Dance for good measure.
And while it is an evening that often seems mired in the Elton John notion that nothing succeeds like excess, Grand Maitre also throws in the occasional tableau of touching simplicity to underline the essential humanity and heartbreak at the heart of his tale.
This is not great ballet, nor did Grand Maitre intend it to be. What it is, is a celebration of a major talent presented in a dance language that fans of that talent can embrace and understand. Elton John's story couldn't be told to music by Tchaikovsky nor choreographed by Balanchine.
And in the final analysis, it will give a lot of Elton John fans a taste of ballet and a lot of ballet fans a taste of Elton John -- and frankly, we can all use the break.
Because in the end, Love Lies Bleeding is more than merely spectacular, it is spectacular fun.
SUN RATING: 4 out of 5
- Toronto Sun
Artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre arrived with John’s personal assistant Mike Hewitson and friend Ray Cooper, a percussionist who appeared on most of the singer’s albums in the ’70s and still tours with him.
“I’ve heard quite a lot about this ballet,” Cooper said.
“It’s quite exciting and groundbreaking. Anything that gets people out to see arts like this is fantastic.”
Cooper — who has also worked and recorded with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton to name a few — told the Sun John was thrilled that Alberta Ballet had created a new work using his music.
“Absolutely. It’s a glorious embrace of ballet and music.”
Grand-Maitre held a pre-show chat, in which he recalled meeting Sir Elton backstage at his Saddledome show two years ago.
A month after meeting the star, Grand-Maitre approached his management with the idea of using John’s music in a ballet.
John invited Grand-Maitre to discuss the idea with him in Las Vegas and gave him his blessing.
“This would not be possible without his blessing,” the choreographer told the assembled crowd.
It was rumoured earlier in the week the man behind such hits as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Tiny Dancer and Bennie & the Jets would make an appearance at Thursday’s event. But if the flamboyant singer was there, he did not make a very public entrance.
He did, however, send a huge bouquet of flowers to Grand-Maitre with a note congratulating him on the production.
- Calgary Sun"The pressure is high because Elton's standards are very high as well, and we're waiting for his approval to continue to perform the ballet. If he's happy with it, we'll be able to tour it around the world," Grand-Maître told CBC News.
"If they don't get that permission, then they'll have a difficult time with the banks," said Bob Clark, a performing arts critic with the Calgary Herald.
The popular British rock singer, composer and pianist Elton John will perform a concert in Minsk
Told TUT.BY said well-known Belarusian pianist Rostislav Krimer. The organizer of the concert is a newly created agency Belart End Entertainment, production.
Rostislav Krimer, invited by Sir Elton John to speak in the Belarusian capital during a ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Recently the Minsk manager of the British musician visited the city. He visited Minsk-Arena, where the concert will be held on June 26.
According to Creamer, Sir Elton John will perform all their best known hits of the 40-year career. Minimum price ticket to a concert of British celebrities will be 140,000 rubles. According to Robert Creamer, "is quite the budget option.
The official website of the singer does not mention Minsk as a venue for future tours.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
They're perhaps not the first people who would spring to mind, but Sir Elton John, Ashton Kutcher and Taylor Swift have all earned a place on this year's poll of the world's most influential people by Time magazine.
Last night the trio made sure they stepped into the limelight as the publication threw a party in New York ahead of the full publication of the list tomorrow.
Country pop singer Swift, 20, entered at number nine, while U.S. actor Kutcher, who's married to Demi Moore, also made it on to the prestigious chart.
Elton celebrated his nod at the event, held last night at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, and brought along his civil partner David Furnish.
Singing sensation Lady Gaga topped this year's poll, while geeky Glee star Lea Michele made it in at number 13.
Others who feature on the list include Twilight star Robert Pattinson, Ricky Gervais and X Factor supremo Simon Cowell.
The annual Time 100 list of 'the people who most affect our world' also includes this year's big Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow and Sandra Bullock, and musician Prince.
R-Pattz was described on the Time website as 'a bit of a weirdo, frankly, in the best sense,' by Chris Weitz, director of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Nick Cannon, host of America's Got Talent, said Simon 'has made an indelible impression on global pop culture'.
Ricky said of his mention: 'I am both flattered and honoured. I promise to use my powers for good and not evil. And I declare May 1 World Gervais Day. Thank you.'
Pop veteran Cyndi Lauper told Time: 'When I see somebody like Gaga, I sit back in admiration. I'm inspired to pick up the torch again myself.'
Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry said Sir Elton is 'a proud, sober, married gay man who got there only after years of pain and unrelenting public scrutiny'.
Victoria Beckham described designer Marc Jacobs, also on the list, as 'undoubtedly one of the most influential designers of all time', on the magazine's website - and 'one of the most interesting and intellectual men I have ever known'.
The full list and related tributes appears in the May 10 issue of Time, which hits the shops on Friday.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1272751/The-2010-Time-100-poll-Elton-John-Ashton-Kutcher-Taylor-Swift.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0n8FWjs5i
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Egypt's musician's union on Sunday rejected plans for British Elton John to perform a private concert scheduled for May 18, because of his 'controversial remarks attacking religions.'
'How do we allow a gay, who wants to ban religions, claimed that the prophet Eissa (Jesus) was gay and calls for Middle Eastern countries to allow gays to have sexual freedom,' head of the Egyptian Musician Union, Mounir al-Wasimi told the German Press Agency dpa.
The pop superstar, 63, stirred controversy after his remarks to US celebrity news magazine Parade in February, where he said 'Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you're as good as dead,' after saying he believed Jesus was 'gay'.
Al-Wasimi said that he has begun coordinating with security bodies to ban John's, saying that the union is the only body 'authorized to allow performances by foreign in Egypt.'
In 2008, Elton John performed in the United Arab Emirates to a crowd of more than 13,000 fans.
Although some human rights activists claim homosexuality is spreading in Egypt, the topic is a taboo in the country. In 2008, a lesbian scene in an Egyptian film set in Cairo's slums caused an uproar.
In 2001, police raided a 'gay' floating disco in Cairo. Around 20 of the 52 arrested were jailed for 'habitual debauchery' and 'obscene behavior.'
- Monsters & Critics