Saturday, September 25, 2010

Elton is Unwell - Catanzaro Show Postponed

Elton and Ray Cooper's concert at Teatro Politeama, Catanzaro, Italy has been postponed as Elton is unwell. The rescheduled date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

UPDATE 01/01/10: Elton is in great health now and has resumed the tour. This concert will most likely be rescheduled for the 2011 European Tour.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Leon & Elton Coming to Daytona Beach, Tulsa

Elton John with special guest Leon Russell will appear in concert on Saturday, November 20 at 8 pm at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA as part ofThe Union Tour.

Tickets go on public sale on Saturday, September 25 at 10am.

Elton John with special guest Leon Russell will appear in concert on on Friday, November 12 at 8pm at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as part of The Union Tour. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 25 at 10am.

Public tickets go on sale on Saturday, September 25 at 10 am

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gnomeo & Juliet Trailer Out

Go to: to watch it now.

These lawn ornaments are not your usual garden-variety gnomes.

For one, they are computer-animated 3-D objects of kitschy cuteness who come alive outdoors only when humans aren't lurking about.

For another, classic Elton John tunes such as Your Song, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting and Crocodile Rock provide the soundtrack to their story.

Last, but hardly least, they are the stars of the Bard-inspired Gnomeo & Juliet.

The comical cartoon feature based on Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet has taken a long time to sprout. What was originally planned as a hand-drawn Disney film back in the early 2000s with the voices of Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor was then acquired by the studio's art-house label, Miramax. Now, it is back at Disney under the Touchstone Pictures banner.

The person in charge of these wee creatures since 2006 is director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2). "I really wanted to go at it from a fresh standpoint with a clean slate," he says. That included re-jiggering the script and hiring new voice talent. "All the beats of the original play are there," he says -- save for the double-suicide ending, of course.

Emily Blunt and James McAvoy now talk for the titular star-crossed lovers who live across the fence from each other. Speaking for Juliet's dad, Lord Redbrick, is Michael Caine, while Maggie Smith is Gnomeo's mom, Lady Blueberry. Other voice actors include action star Jason Statham as the villain, Ashley Jensen of Ugly Betty as Juliet's best friend and rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, plus cameos by Dolly Parton and Hulk Hogan.

"This movie takes place in the secret world of statues," Asbury says. More specifically, most of the action unfolds in the contemporary English flower beds owned by Miss Montague (Julie Walters) and Mr. Capulet (Richard Wilson of TV's Merlin).

"Gnomes are proud of the gardens they live in and will protect them at all cost," explains the director about the feuding factions borrowed from Shakespeare. "The blue-headed gnomes hate the red-headed gnomes." Meanwhile, the humans are oblivious to the one-upmanship going on and instead blame each other for any damage.

The exceptions to such quarrelsome encounters are Gnomeo and Juliet, whose outgoing personalities lead them to seek adventure beyond their garden borders. They meet, and it is love at first sight, set to the strains of Hello, Hello, a new song by John, who also is a producer, and lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Hollywood likes to repeat itself, so it is no surprise that other imp-sized beings are heading to the big screen, including Smurfs and troll dolls. But Asbury says the difference with his gnomes is that they exist in our reality, not in some fantasy land. "It is a place that is flesh and blood, not some myth, populated with garden decorations of all sorts -- whirligigs, frog fountain heads, pink flamingos and wishing wells. The world is as real as it gets."

- California Chronicle/ USA Today

The Union Tour Stopping at Fort Worth & Lakeland Center

Elton John is coming to The Lakeland Center. John, who has sold more than 250 million records, will appear Nov. 21 in the Jenkins Arena with special guest Leon Russell.

Tickets, ranging from $47 to $137, plus service fees, will go on sale Monday at Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 800-745-3000. There is a limit of eight tickets per customer.

John and Russell will perform selections from their forthcoming duo album, “The Union.”

- The Ledger

Elton John and veteran singer-songwriter Leon Russell are playing the Fort Worth Convention Center on Nov. 13. (Russell co-wrote songs with Elton and Bernie Taupin for The Union, which was produced by Fort Worth-raised producer T-Bone Burnett and will hit stores Oct. 19.)

As of this writing, we're still awaiting ticket prices from Live Nation; they go on sale Monday, Sept. 27.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Elton Sings New Song in Milano

Below is the full set list from Elton's first show of this years Ray Cooper tour.

Elton premiered a new song from his upcoming album with Leon Russell (The Union), entitled "Gone to Shiloh" - listen to it above.

The set list from this show was very similar to last years but included Gone to Shiloh and Never too old.

Elton to Help With Next Cirque du Soleil Show

Nick Littlemore is famous for working on ten projects at once. In between recording Pnau’s next album and some production work, he’s also been dabbling with Canada’s acrobatic and music troupeCirque du Soleil for the past 12 months.

Now he’s has officially been announced as the composer and music director of its next spectacle, to debut at New York's Radio City Hall in June 2011.

Written and directed by film and theater director François Girard (The Red Violin, Silk) the still-to-be-titled show will be set in an abandoned theatre. It follows the trauma of a magician who loses his magic after he loses his love. As he pleads with the gods to help him, he is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures.

According to the press announcement, "Sir Elton John will be guiding his protege Nick Littlemore through the creative process of this new production."

Sir Elton fell in love with Littlemore’s talents after hearing Pnau’s Wild Strawberries on the radio whilst in Australia to oversee the Sydney production of Billy Elliot The Musical. He got them signed to his manager Clive Banks. Elton is also co-writing and playing on the next Pnau record.

With all these projects going, we wouldn’t be holding our breaths for Littlemore to return to Empire of the Sun in the near future.

- The Music Network

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Speaking Clock Revue Adds 2 Concerts

Elton John, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, and Gregg Allman will all take the stage when producer T Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue comes to Boston (the Wang Center, October 16th) and New York (Beacon Theatre, October 20th).

The concerts will raise money for the Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools. My Morning Jacket's Jim James will join the lineup in New York, and Neko Case will perform in Boston. Tickets for both shows go on sale September 27th.

Burnett says Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue — a 1975-76 tour in which Burnett, Joan Baez and Roger McGuinn joined Dylan — inspired the Speaking Clock Revue. "The first tour I went on, my first job in show business, was on The Rolling Thunder Revue, and I've come back to that type of collaborative and extraordinarily rewarding experience from time to time," Burnett said in a statement.

 The two shows will also include Leon Russell, Jeff Bridges, Ralph Stanley, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson and the Secret Sisters.

- Rolling

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Date Announced for EJAF Winter Ball

Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Grey Goose and the Elton John AIDS Foundation kindly request that you save the date for

Saturday 30th October 2010

Designed by Jean Paul Gaultier
Hosted by Sir Elton John & David Furnish

Join us for an evening of ultimate taste, style and character designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.  

Uniquely created cocktails, supper, auction and extraordinary entertainment.

Owing to the generous commitment of Grey Goose vodka, ALL income from ticket sales, programme advertising, and auction items will benefit the charity.

TIckets start from £350 per person / £3,000 per table.

To receive an invitation / ticket-request form, email: or call +44 (0)20 7603 9996

Elton & Leon Coming to Phoenix

Elton and Leon Russell will appear in concert together and alone with their bands onSaturday, November 6, 2010 at 8 pm at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USAas part of The Union Tour. The concert will include new material from The Union, Elton and Leon's highly anticipated album available on October 19 in the U.S. on Decca Records.
Tickets go on sale Monday, September 20 at 10 am.

Elton, Leon, Elvis & Jeff to Appear at Bridge School Benefit

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield are set to play their first public shows in 40-plus years at this year's Bridge School Benefit in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Three original members of Buffalo Springfield -- Bridge School mainstay Neil Young, Steven Stills and Richie Furay -- are confirmed to appear at the gig, but the band's other surviving member, Jim Messina, so far is not, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The band's two other founders are deceased: Bruce Palmer died in 2004 and Dewey Martin died in 2009.

Also confirmed for this year's Bridge School Benefit bill is T Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Review, featuring Elton John, Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges.
The Bridge School Benefit shows are set for Oct. 23 and 24 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.

The full lineup for Day 1 includes Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Billy Idol and Lucinda Williams.

Day 2's lineup includes Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, along with T Bone Burnett's group.

Tickets for both days go on sale Sunday (9/19) at 10 a.m. PT.

The concerts benefit the Bridge School in Hillsborough, CA, which serves severely speech-impaired children in the Bay Area. Young's wife, Pegi, and Jim Forderer -- both parents of children with severe speech and physical impairments -- co-founded the school in 1986 along with Dr. Marilyn Buzolich.
The first benefit concert took place that same year and, with the exception of 1987, has been held every year since.


Monday, September 13, 2010

How to Get Your Piece of Elton History

Elton John Memorabilia

Online Catalogue will be available the week before the sale

Gorringes hold a Fine Art Antiques and Collectables sale every seven weeks located at Gorringes North Street Auction Rooms, Lewes. This is a well-established antiques auction holding between 2,500 and 3,500 lots of fine art, antique furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery, collectables and other interesting pieces.

Viewing Times:
Friday 9am - 5.00pm (prior to day of sale)
Saturday 9am - 2.30pm (prior to day of sale)
Monday 9am - 4.00pm (prior to day of sale)

Every seven weeks, usually running over 2 - 3 days
Sale commences at 10.00am
For more information, please telephone: 01273 472503 or fax: 01273 479559

Buying tips
  1. Buy a catalogue or look up the sale online, where you can register and leave commission bids.
  2. View the sale. If you are viewing online ensure to request a condition report prior to bidding, not all the Lots are in perfect condition.
  3. The specialists in charge of the auction are always available for consultation during the view days and will be happy to talk to you if you have any queries regarding the Lots in the sale.
  4. On the day of the sale, arrive early and register at the cash desk to receive a paddle number (your bidder number). Alternatively you are able to bid live online from the comfort of your own home or office.
  5. Decide on a top bid and stick to it

Sale: EJOCT10
Date: Oct 19 2010 18:00
Location: Lewes North Street

Contact: Client Services
Phone: +44 (0) 1273 472503

The Sheila Farebrother Collection of Elton John Memorabilia
will be held on Tuesday 19th October at 6pm
View the catalogue online from Friday October 1st

The Union Tour Coming to Ontario, CA

Elton and Leon Russell will appear in concert together and alone with their bands onFriday, November 5, 2010 at 8 pm at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, USA as part of The Union Tour. The concert will include new material fromThe Union, Elton and Leon's highly anticipated album available on October 19 in the U.S. on Decca Records.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 17th at 10 am.

Elton's band comprises Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards. Leon's band comprises Jack Wessel on bass, Chris Simmons on guitar, Brandon Holder on drums and Beau Charron on guitar and steel guitar.

Elton & Leon Playing BBC Proms

On Thursday October 28, in a unique performance for the BBC, Elton is teaming up with Leon Russell to celebrate their classic songs,and launch the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms 2010.

The first of three R2 Electric Proms for 2010 to be announced this week, this intimate concert from London's Roundhouse on Thursday October 28 will be broadcast live on Radio 2 and, together with a new documentary about Elton's life and musical journey, will form the centre piece of A Night In with Sir Elton John on BBC Two on Saturday October 30. Red button and online will provide exclusive clips and behind the scenes footage from Saturday October 30.

R2 Electric Proms: Sir Elton John will see Elton perform tracks from his new studio album,The Union, with his idol and major influence Leon Russell. Elton will also play classic tracks from his back catalogue which spans more than four decades. Having lost touch for many years, Elton and Leon are back together,back with the BBC, and will grace the stage with two pianos for a truly unique performance.

Elton will also be collaborating on stage with singer-songwriting sensation Rumer and the critically acclaimed rapper and vocalist Plan B. He said, "I'm delighted to be kicking off this year's Radio 2 Electric Proms, particularly as I'll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes. The performance will feature some very special guests and memorable moments."

Now one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated live music events, the Electric Proms festival was created five years ago by the BBC to create new moments in music by inviting legendary artists to present one-off collaborations and performances. 2010 is the first year that Radio 2 has produced the festival in its entirety, which runs from Thursday October 28 to Saturday October 30, 2010.

BBC Two will present A Night In with series on successive Saturday nights following the concerts. A Night In with Sir Elton John will transmit on Saturday October 30, featuring highlights of the gig presented by Chris Evans and Jo Whiley and accompanied by a revealing documentary which includes an exclusive interview with Elton, highlighting his life and musical journey.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Elton's Mum Auctioning Unique Memorabilia

Sir Elton John’s mother is to sell off 40 platinum and gold discs from the star’s chart-topping pop career.

The treasure trove for pop fans also includes the disc for his first major hit single, 1970’s Your Song, a platinum award for the first million sales of his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and another for the phenomenal success of Candle In The Wind as a re-released tribute to the Princess of Wales after Diana’s death in 1997.

Sheila Farebrother, 85, is even putting up for auction copies of recordings Sir Elton has given her over the years, as well as the VIP passes she used for backstage access to her son when he was on tour.

Sir Elton, 63, who was born Reginald Dwight, has sold more than 250 million records and is the most successful solo British artist of all time.
The Oscar- and multiple-Grammy-winner is the third-most successful act in US chart history and has amassed an estimated £235 million fortune. He was voted the 49th greatest star of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004.

Mrs Farebrother used to store all the memorabilia in a room at her former home in Bray in Berkshire. But she has downsized to a smaller property on the South Coast and is believed to be keen to save space.

However, it is not clear why she is selling the items rather than giving them away or back to Sir Elton.

Music industry experts said it is impossible to predict how much the amazing collection would raise because comparable items rarely come on the market in such volume.

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said: ‘This is an extraordinary opportunity for Elton devotees. There will be global demand for these items precisely because of
the provenance.

‘To say you own a platinum disc which belonged to Elton’s mother is a dream come true for fans. The mothers of Paul McCartney or John Lennon never lived to see their
success. There hasn’t been anything like this.’

Mr Gambaccini – whose career was launched by an interview with Sir Elton in Rolling Stone magazine in 1973 – added: ‘I think she is at the stage in her life when she wants to start dispensing with items rather than keep collecting them.’

Sir Elton’s mother keenly encouraged her son’s musical ability as a child. She and Elton’s RAF officer father Stanley Dwight divorced when the star was 15.

She then married Fred Farebrother, a painter, who became a devoted stepfather.

Mrs Farebrother has remained close to her son and was a witness to his civil partnership ceremony with David Furnish in 2005.
Until 2007 she was also listed as a director of William A Bong, the star’s company.

The auction at Gorringes in Lewes, East Sussex, in October will also feature items belonging to the star’s ex-manager Bob Halley, including a diamond-studded crucifix valued at £3,000 from elite jeweller Theo Fennell, inscribed by the singer and given as a Christmas present.
Andrew Elliston-Elhinn of Gorringes said Mrs Farebrother was keen to sell after moving house.

He said: ‘I asked her if the records she was selling were autographed. But she said, “Why would they be? He’s my son.” ’

A spokesman for Sir Elton declined to comment.

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