Friday, December 31, 2010

Elton is The Dad of New Baby Boy


SIR Elton John has been named as the father of his and civil partner David Furnish's baby in official documents, fuelling speculation that the boy is the singer's biological son.

Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born by surrogate mother on Christmas Day.

Despite speculation that Furnish, 48, provided the sperm for the surrogacy because he is the younger man, it is 63-year-old Sir Elton who has been recorded as the boy’s father at the local register office in Los Angeles.

Furnish is listed as the mother in computer documents, an official told the Daily Mail.

Initially – normally on computer documentation – a father and mother are listed. However, in gay father surrogacy cases, when the actual certificate is produced, the couple can apply to have it re-issued as Parent 1 and Parent 2.

Furnish yesterday told of his joy at becoming a parent. The film producer said: "For many years we have talked about fulfilling one of our greatest wishes by becoming parents. And now this wish has been granted to us, we feel so blessed and lucky."



It was suggested last night that the birth may have cost the celebrity couple up to $1million in fees and payments to the clinic and women involved.

An official at the Los Angeles Local Registrar’s office confirmed that although the birth has not yet been registered on a certificate, computerised documents showed Sir Elton as father and Furnish as mother.

Fertility experts last night said that in gay father surrogacies, the partner listed as the father is usually the one who provided the sperm.

Sir Elton and Furnish, who have been together for 17 years and entered a civil partnership in 2005, are believed to have been present at the birth of their son at the Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Beverly Hills.

Waiting nervously at the hospital with them were Furnish’s parents Jack and Gladys, from Scarborough in Canada.

Furnish’s younger brother Peter said: "We found out about Zachary on Christmas Day, when we got a phone call with the fantastic news and that the delivery went very well. My parents were in Los Angeles, so they were there to see the little guy."

As yet, no decision has been made on which of the two men is more likely to be the stay-at-home dad.

However, Peter said: "I think certainly when you visit any of their homes, there’s a lot of love."

He added that despite the couple’s fame, the boy will be their main priority. "I think Zachary will be the most important person in the world to them," he said.


"There will be no shortage of love and caring and support for him. Only so many kids in the world can have that, and I think he is very fortunate to have them as parents. I think they will be fantastic parents."

Last night, the baby was believed to be back at Sir Elton and Furnish’s apartment in Los Angeles. He is due to come to the UK when they return next month, ahead of a series of concerts in London and Europe. Furnish also spoke yesterday of the Ukrainian orphans he and Sir Elton tried to adopt last year.

As the Daily Mail revealed yesterday, the child was born to the unidentified woman who was not his biological mother but had carried the baby after being implanted with a donor egg from another mystery woman.

The complicated arrangement means that little Zachary effectively has two fathers and two mothers. However, the two women are likely to have signed binding confidentiality agreements to keep their identities a secret in perpetuity.

A spokesman for the Centre for Surrogate Parenting, which facilitated the birth, said the total cost for a same sex couple, including medical and legal expenses, was approximately $150,000.

However, with two mothers and given the high-profile nature of the stars involved, the figure could be as high as $1million.

- News.com.au



When we first heard that Elton John and David Furnish had become dads to a baby, born via a surrogate mother, we knew the baby was going to be spoilt rotten.


And it looks as if we were predictably right, because as Elton headed to an LA bookshop yesterday (to pick up baby books we assume), stacks of baby goods were seen being delivered to his Beverly Hills home including a very fancy looking, expensive, technologically advanced baby chair which has it’s own iPod dock attached to it. Standard.

Meanwhile Elton has been talking about how he and David came up with the name Zachary Jackson Levon for their child. He said:

"A friend gave us a book of baby names, and we started to flick through it, but we have always loved the name Zachary and kept coming back to it. In the end, we looked at each other, and put the book back on shelf, and said, "This is it!'"


- Mr Paparazzi

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Zack May be David's Physical Child, New £35,000 nursery


Pictured: Elton & David spending $30,000 on Cashmere at a Californian department store on Christmas Eve.

Sir Elton John declared himself ‘overwhelmed with happiness and joy’ last night after becoming a father at 63.

He and his civil partner David Furnish, 48, fulfilled their dreams of having a child when their son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born to a surrogate mother on Christmas Day, weighing 7lb 15oz.

The singer and Mr Furnish, together for 17 years, successfully kept Zachary a secret from the world until three days after his birth.

They had previously been turned down for adoption because of Sir Elton’s age. And the former drug addict recently said it would not be ‘fair’ on a child because of his advancing years and the amount of travelling he did. He is due to begin a gruelling worldwide tour next month.

Thanks to California’s surrogacy-friendly laws, Sir Elton and Mr Furnish are likely to have become Zachary’s lawful parents straight away.

But the birth raises a number of questions. Nothing is known about the surrogate mother, her background, religion or marital status, and whether she has any rights over the child she carried for nine months.

Another unknown is which man is the baby’s true father – if either of them.

There was also speculation last night that the surrogate mother was merely a ‘gestational carrier’, meaning the egg was not her own but from another mystery woman altogether.
The little boy is likely to have A-list stars as his godparents.

Sir Elton is already godfather to David and Victoria Beckham’s oldest boy, Brooklyn, 11, and last night Mrs Beckham said: ‘David and I are absolutely thrilled for Elton and David. They have so much love to give and will be wonderful parents.’

Elizabeth Hurley, 45, is also lined up as a potential godmother. The actress used the singer’s country estate as a bolt-hole after the arrival of her son Damian, now eight, and made Sir Elton the boy’s godfather as a thank-you.

A spokesman for Sir Elton said the proud fathers were still in Los Angeles, where Zachary was born.
In a joint statement, the couple said: ‘We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment. Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.’

The identity of the surrogate mother is a closely guarded secret. But unlike elsewhere in the world, it is not illegal in California for a multi-millionaire such as Sir Elton to pay a significant sum of money to buy a baby.

If she was paid, a surrogate mother could in theory have become very rich after successfully delivering Zachary. It is likely she would have signed a strict confidentiality agreement never to speak about the deal.

Nor has it been announced which, if either, of the men is the biological father. However last night friends of the couple speculated that Canadian filmmaker Mr Furnish was the true father.

NHS experts recommend sperm donors should be under 40, because evidence suggest genetic abnormalities are more common in older fathers. If they had followed such advice, it is more likely that Mr Furnish’s sperm was used in the conception.

Sir Elton and Mr Furnish have opted for traditional names for their son. Zachary is of Hebrew origin, and means ‘The Lord recalled’, while Jackson is of Old English origin and simply means ‘Son of Jack’.
The name Levon is the title of a track on Sir Elton’s 1971 album Madman Across The Water, which contains the line: ‘He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas day.’

Sir Elton, worth an estimated £175million, met Mr Furnish in 1993 at a dinner party.
On December 21, 2005, they ‘married’ in a civil partnership ceremony at Windsor Guildhall.
Zachary is the first child for both men. The couple made their surprise announcement of his arrival to American magazine Us Weekly, adding that out of respect for the surrogate mother’s privacy they would not disclose any further information.

Sir Elton, previously married to a German woman, Renate, had spoken of his desire to become a father.
When his long-term keyboardist, Guy Babylon, died of a heart attack aged 52 in September last year, Sir Elton said: ‘What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to?’

But he and Mr Furnish then made a failed attempt to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive boy called Lev from an orphanage in Ukraine. They were rejected because of Sir Elton’s age and the fact that the country did not recognise gay partnerships.

Later, the singer suggested that having a child could be inappropriate. He said: ‘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.’

Sir Elton is about to begin an arduous 26-date concert tour of the U.S. and Europe, lasting from January to June – raising the question of who will look after Zachary.
He will also continue to host his lavish, star-studded annual Oscars bash with Mr Furnish in Hollywood on February 21.

The upcoming tour will begin in France on January 26 in Lievin, and finish in Ireland on June 11. As well as travelling to European countries such as Switzerland and Germany, the singer also has scheduled performances in the U.S. and Canada.

The new fathers have already spent £35,000 designing and decorating a nursery for their son.
The pair have enlisted the help of their friend shoe designer Patrick Cox to help them put the finishing touches to the ‘palatial’ room at the their Windsor mansion, Woodside.
They are said to have splashed out thousands of pounds furnishing the room with ‘one-off, tailored furniture items’.

A source said: ‘Elton and David began planning the nursery months ago. They wanted it to be ready for when the baby came home. It will be very lavish when it is finished. They like to make big statements.’
It is a clear indication that the couple plan to bring up their child in Britain, even though they will have to wait a few weeks to bring him home.
The friend added: ‘England is where their heart is. There is no way they would move to America full time.’

Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Elton John is a Dad! - Congratulations on Baby Zack!!





Pop superstar Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become the parents of a baby boy born to a surrogate mother in California, Us Magazine reported.
The weekly said the baby, named Zachary, was born December 25 to a surrogate for John, 62, and Furnish, a 48-year-old Canadian filmmaker.
"We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment," the singer and Furnish were quoted by the magazine as saying in a joint statement.
"Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents."
John and Furnish married in 2005 after 12 years together.
The baby weighed 3.5 kilos (seven pounds, 15 ounces), according to the report, which said the couple would not be discussing any details relating to the surrogacy arrangements.
The star tried to adopt a 14-month-old boy he met while visiting an orphanage in Ukraine last year, but his attempt was blocked by government regulations.
Among the first to react to the news of the birth was the couple's friend, model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, who wrote on her Twitter page: "Massive congratulations to David and Elton on having their beautiful son. Can't wait for my first cuddle."
John has sold more than 250 million records in a career spanning four decades and the singer-songwriter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
His tribute single to the late Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997" -- a remake of his own "Candle in the Wind" -- became a phenomenal global success, selling more than 33 million copies, and John performed it at her funeral.

- SMH

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become fathers after using a surrogate mother in the US.
The boy, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born in California on Christmas Day, the 63-year-old singer's publicist confirmed today.
Zachary, who weighed 7lb 15oz, is John's first child with Furnish, with whom he formalised a civil partnership in 2005.
In a joint statement, the couple told USMagazine.com that "Zachary is healthy and doing well" and declared themselves "overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment".
The identity of their son's surrogate mother is being protected by the parents. It is not known whose sperm was used.
The US is one of the most popular destinations for UK citizens hoping to enter into surrogate arrangements. In California, unlike in Britain, surrogates can legally be paid a fee for their services. Sums of £25,000 or more per baby are common.
One of the attractions of going abroad is that some foreign systems of law allow the intended parents to acquire parenthood status after surrogacy automatically. In certain US states, including California, parents who have paid a surrogate can apply for a pre-birth order. This means that they, and not the woman who delivered the baby, will be listed as parents on the original birth certificate, regardless of whose egg and sperm was used in conception.
Though surrogacy is legal in the UK, a surrogate can only be reimbursed with "reasonable expenses". It is illegal to advertise for a surrogate or for a surrogate to advertise, and it is against the law for a clinic to match surrogates with prospective parents.
Surrogacy has been regulated in Britain since 1985, after Kim Cotton was paid £6,500 to carry a child conceived using her own egg but the sperm of a man whose wife was infertile.
John's friends congratulated him today on entering fatherhood.
Actor Elizabeth Hurley was among the first to offer her best wishes to the singer and his partner.
Writing on Twitter, she said: "Massive congratulations to David and Elton on having their beautiful son. Can't wait for my first cuddle."

- Guardian

The boy, who has been named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born on Christmas Day in the United States.
“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” they said in a statement issued to magazine Us Weekly. “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.” The rock star’s spokeswoman confirmed the report but said no details of the surrogacy arrangement would be disclosed and they intended to respect the privacy of the surrogate. The boy weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and was 22 inches long.
John, 63, and Canadian filmmaker Furnish, 48, have been together since the early 1990s. They entered into a civil union in 2005 and tried to adopt an AIDS-infected orphan in Ukraine last year, but were thwarted by government regulations.
Their son’s middle name “Levon” is thought to be a reference to John’s 1971 song of the same name, whose lyrics were written by his long time collaborator Bernie Taupin and inspired by drummer and singer Levon Helm.
Speaking in January the singer 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 he said he had changed his mind after their “hearts were stolen” by the child they met in Ukraine, who they were not allowed to adopt. He said he now felt he could “give a future” to a child.

- Telegraph

Monday, December 27, 2010

Elton & Ray Cooper 2010 Tour Program Now Available



The official tour program of Elton John and Ray Cooper's 2010 tour.


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Dunedin New Zealand Tour Date Speculation - December 6th


Based on 2 out of three of Elton's last concerts in New Zealand, we can speculate that Elton's upcoming concert in Dunedin, New Zealand will be held on December 6, 2011.

In 2006 Elton played Wellington on Dec 6 (Westpac Stadium)
In 2007 Elton Played New Plymouth on Dec 6 (TSB Bowl of Brooklands)
In 2008 Elton played Auckland on May 14 (Vector Arena)

There were no concerts in 2009 or 2010

Elton is expected to perform in Dunedin (Forsyth Barr Stadium) after the Rugby World Cup which ends on October 23. Therefore Elton will play between November and December. Given the lucky date of December 6, I would keep that date free in my diary!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Win Tickets to Elton's Prop 8 Private Gig

 
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Trip for two to Los Angles to see Elton John perform a benefit concert for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Prize includes round-trip airfare for two to Los Angeles and two nights in a hotel. The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the sole sponsor of the federal court challenge to California’s Prop. 8 and is working to achieve equality for every American.
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Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter. 
 
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Elton Coming to Zagreb, Izola & Montenegro





The 63-year-old Rocketman singer is due to play a gig in the capital city's Arena Centre on July 11th, according to a report by the Croatian Times.


Confirmation of the date means it will be exactly two years since Elton John last performed in the Balkan country by the time he takes to the stage next summer.

Three more dates have been announced for Elton and the band's summer 2011 tour in Europe, all in or near the Balkan peninsular. The dates are:

July 2, 2011, City Stadium Izola, Izola, Slovenia
July 3, Zagreb Arena, Zagreb, Croatia
July 5, City Theater Festival, Montenegro.


Public Tickets for the Izola, Slovenia concert are now on sale and can be bought here, and public tickets for the Zagreb, Croatia concert can be bought here. Public tickets for the Montenegro concert will not go on sale until May 2011.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Digital Face 2 Face Concert Program Only $7.45

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The Face 2 Face Tour Might be Dead


Unfortunately, it looks as though Elton John's tour with Billy Joel may be over.

All upcoming scheduled performances featuring Sir John do not feature Mr. Joel. Billy has recently been undergoing double hip surgery, dealing with marital issues, helping his daughter and taking some time out. He has talked of working on a movie score type soundtrack and his Last Play at Shea documentary. He has however spoken briefly about touring stating "I will most likely tour again, but if it's with Elton or by myself, I don't know." The star does not currently have any public appearances booked.

Sir Elton on the other hand, may have had some dissapointment after scheduled concerts with Billy for mid 2010 were cancelled and the joint tour was brought to an abrupt end. Elton then had to put together a replacement European tour. The last date they both attended was March 2010.

Fan's have even asked Elton directly about the issue and recieved a direct response "I will never tour with him again".

International promoters have been very keen to bring this tour out of the USA for some time, however Billy and now Elton seem disinterested in the idea.

Time will tell if this brilliant and very popular tour will be re-instated or if it will fade into the memories of those who were fortunate enough to see it.

- Various Sources

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Elton may play Rio, Brazil in 2011



Elton has been requested to play a concert at the Rock in Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September or October 2011.

The contract is under negociation with more than 60 artists and Elton John, Rihanna and Katie Perry have been most sought after.

Confirmation will be posted when it is announced.

Thanks to Fernando for this news!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Elton's Interview for Life Stories

During his appearance on Piers Morgan's Life Stories last night, Elton John's showbiz friends joked about him being 'most famous for spending money.'

Broadcaster Johnnie Walker even recalled a Christmas where he witnessed the superstar and David Furnish giving each other gold-plated Monopoly sets as gifts.

But the 63-year-old icon insists that he would 'live in a caravan,' as long as he had Furnish.


During the revealing interview with Piers Morgan on the ITV show, Elton was asked about his reputation for extravagance.

'There's no getting away from it, It's fun to have money,' he admitted.

'Could you go back to being poor?' Morgan asked him.

'Listen, I have said to David, "I would live with you in a caravan, as long as I had you,"' he said.
'I'm not that facile, I'm not that shallow.

'I think about it sometimes, I think it would be nice to b****r off and buy a little house somewhere and have a simple life.

'If I had David in my life and my friends, I could live anywhere.'
But Elton added: 'I'm too far gone now, I'm too far in, you can't run away like that.'
'I'm very comfortable with my spending.

'I have no guilt, Piers. I earn the money, I pay my taxes.

'I've never lived anywhere else but Britain - it goes back into the economy, what's the problem?'
Elton says that he was more demanding back in his drugs haze, confirming that he once demanded that a private jet be re-painted before he would board.

'Yeah that's true,' the Your Song singer admitted.

'It was a 707; It was a turd colour. It was like an enormous flying turd,' he recalled.
'The record company paid for it to be re-painted and there was all stars
'I was in the position to do that, and everyone who used it after was grateful for it.'

But the legendary hit maker was coy when asked to confirm the items on his rider (the list of demands for his dressing room).

Saying that he had a peak at the list before the show, Morgan said: 'It's quite fascinating,' telling the audience that it demanded that the room was 'exactly 68 degrees fahrenheit' and asked four 'three six-foot-long banquet tables with white linen tablecloths.'

'I don't actually know what my rider is,' John replied.

He did concede the specific instructions for the bouquet of flowers in his dressing room however, which included 'No chrysanthemums, no lilies, no carnations, and definitely no daisies.'

'Well chrysanthemums are pretty horrible, carnations don't look good in a vase, lilies don't smell very nice... and daisies I've got nothing against whatsoever,' he said.

Referring to his documentary Tantrums and Tiaras, he said 'sometimes people are a spoiled brat,' and I wanted to show that.'

The artist also revealed that he is still attracted to women, despite coming out of the closet forty years ago.

Asked by Morgan about his relationship with ex-wife Renate Blauel - whom he married in Sydney in 1984 - he said: 'When I was in bed with her and we were having sex it was great but I thought, "This is not right, I should probably be with a man."'

But he said he still fancies women: 'There are so many beautiful women in the world,' he said. 'How can you not think a woman is beautiful?'

- Daily Mail




Russia's President Tweet's 'Elton's Music is of High Quality'





Sir Elton John's music is "outstanding," Russia's rocker president, Dmitry Medvedev, wrote on his Twitter micro blog on Sunday after nipping down to the veteran singer's gig in Moscow.


"Attended an Elton John concert. He did an outstanding job - almost three hours of live music. ," Medvedev tweeted after a night on the town.

Only thing is, Sir Elton invited the president, "a true fan of modern rock music," as he called him in his message of November 25, to his St. Petersburg show on December 13, rather than the Moscow event, but Medvedev seemed to decide not to wait another day. As presidents do, as presidents do.

"You are a true fan of modern rock music that unites people from all over the world, regardless of their racial, political and religious views. I'll be very grateful if you will accept my invitation," the Rocket Man's message read.

Medvedev, who ran his successful election campaign largely by recounting how he collected the vinyl copies of every Deep Purple LP, is the exact opposite of his patron, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin - as far as music is concerned, that is. The former KGB man is more into a kind of sweaty patriotic folk pop, the likes of Lyube.

The 63-year-old rock legend was among the first western musicians to perform in the USSR - an honor shared with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's favorite disco act, Boney-M.

- RIAN.ru

Leon Russell Inducted Into Rock Hall of Fame


Tulsa native Leon Russell is one of eight artists who have been selected for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced today.

Russell will be inducted with the Award for Musical Excellence Award.

Russell has produced dozens of albums over the past five decades, including the most recent -- "The Union", a collaboration with Elton John that debuted No. 3 on the Billboard U.S. chart.

In addition, the single "If It Wasn't For Bad", has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.

The duo recently played the BOK Center as part of a world tour in support of the album and Russell mad e a solo stop earlier in the year at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino.

Russell was born in Lawton, but spent much of his youth in Tulsa, attending Will Rogers High School and playing at Tulsa nightclubs.

He would go on to a career that saw him play with such artists as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and the Rolling Stones.

Last month, Russell had a street in Tulsa named for him. Part of Third Street between Peoria and Utica in the Pearl District was renamed "Leon Russell Road". Russell had his Church Studios in the Pearl District.

The others who will be inducted with Russell at this year's ceremony are Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman and Art Rupe. The induction ceremonies will take place March 14, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

- KTUL

Merry Christmas From Sir Elton John



Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2011!

Thank you for all your support in 2010.

Enjoy this video of Sir Elton John reading 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Pre-Order The Gnomeo & Juliet Soundtrack Now


Pre-order Elton's new soundtrack for Gnomeo & Juliet now by clicking the link on the left now.

TWO new songs from Elton John with a new version of Crocodile Rock featuring Nelly Furtado. Enjoy some of Elton John's greatest hits interspersed with new music and three score cues from the movie by GRAMMy award winning and Academy Award nominated James Newton Howard (Pretty Women, The Dark Knight, Blood Diamond, My Best Friend's Wedding).

Truly an album the whole family will enjoy while reliving the whimsical joy of Gnomeo & Juliet and enjoying the upbeat Elton John tracks carefully selected for this soundtrack.

1. Hello Hello Elton John
2. Crocodile Rock Nelly Furtado
3. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) Elton John
4. Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John; Kiki Dee
5. Love Builds a Garden Elton John
6. Your Song Elton John
7. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)Elton John
8. Tiny Dancer Elton John
9. Bennie and the Jets Elton John
10. Gnomeo and Juliet James Newton Howard
11. Dandelions James Newton Howard
12. Bennie and the Bunnies James Newton Howard
13. Terrafirminator James Newton Howard
14. The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room Wally Boag; Thurl Ravenscroft; Fulton Burley; The Mellomen

Australian Tour Expected Nov/Dec '11


Hot on the heels of the recent New Zealand concert  announcement, fans in Australia can expect Sir John to include an Aussie component in this late 2011 tour.

Elton is expected to tour Australia in November or December 2011. The tour will include his full band, and ticket information along with confirmed dates and venues should be announced by Chugg Entertainment by the end of January.

Keep an eye out for a sudden announcement soon!

Elton Adds 2nd MSG Gig


Due to overwhelming demand, Elton and the band have added a second concert at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 8PM, in addition to the Wednesday March 16 concert already announced.
Public sale for Sunday, March 20 will begin on Friday, December 17 at 11AM.

"We are thrilled to announce that due to overwhelming demand, Elton John has agreed to add a second concert at Madison Square Garden," said Jay Marciano, president, Madison Square Garden Entertainment. "It is a clear testament to Elton's long-standing relationship with New York music fans, and we continue to marvel at Sir Elton's ability to break his own records as the artist achieving the most sellouts at Madison Square Garden."

Elton and the band will be performing the "Greatest Hits Live" concert, featuring number one chart hits and classic album tracks from throughout Elton's incredible five-decade career. Elton has often referred to Madison Square Garden as his 'favourite venue.' His last concert there was in 2007, when he celebrated his 60th birthday playing his 60th concert at the legendary venue.

Public tickets will be available on Friday, December 17 at ticketmaster.com, thegarden.com, livenation.com and charge-by-phone (866-858-0008). If tickets remain, they will available at The Garden box office beginning Saturday, December 18.

- ej.com

Elton John Confirmed to Play Dunedin, New Zealand


Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium has attracted its first international act, with Sir Elton John booked to perform late next year.

The concert follows the Rugby World Cup.

It will be Sir Elton's first visit to the South Island in 20 years. Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies said it was important to him the first event announced for the stadium, apart from the Rugby World Cup, was a concert rather than a sporting event.

"It's as big an entertainment event as we could have reasonably hoped for in the circumstances."
The concert would set a benchmark for performances to come at the stadium, and was "a fantastic coup for the city".

While ticketing details were not yet decided, organisers were "working to ensure preference is given to local and regional ratepayers".

The news was also welcomed by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, who said the booking was "fantastic".
Managing director of the concert's promoter, Capital C: Concerts, Phil Sprey said the date of the concert, ticket prices and when tickets would go on sale would be announced early next year "once a few loose ends are tied up".

Mr Sprey was brought to Dunedin last year to provide his expertise as a consultant for the Carisbrook Stadium Trust.

Yesterday, he said Sir Elton would be coming with his band, and the Dunedin concert was his only New Zealand booking at this stage.

Asked if he expected the concert to attract large numbers, he said: "I hope so. It's costing me a lot of money."
Just how much was commercially sensitive.

Mr Sprey was behind the musician's last three New Zealand concerts, in Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington, and said Sir Elton was an "easy-going" artist to deal with.

Mr Sprey said having the roof on the stadium took one element of risk out of the equation, and allowed the concert to be held earlier in the summer than usual.

Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry used the occasion to hit back at his critics.
"I'm mindful of the severe criticism from some quarters, who shouted from the mountain tops there was no way we would get an international artist to Dunedin; no promoter would bring one; we were dreaming."
Mr Farry said the situation was "a great reminder" Dunedin should not be controlled by people "who want anything you do to get nowhere".

"You have to be prepared to push the boundaries."

He said there would be more announcements in the next six to 12 months that would "underscore you don't let negative people get control".

- ODT

Monday, December 13, 2010

Editor on Vacation - Back Soon

I will be on vacation for the next 2 weeks. There will be very limited updates until December 27th.

Wishing you all a very Merry Chritmas and happy holidays.

Paul
EJN Editur

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Elton Returns to Madison Square Garden


Elton and the band will appear in concert at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA, 8pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. They will be performing the "Greatest Hits Live" concert, featuring number one chart hits and classic album tracks from throughout Elton's incredible five-decade career.

Elton has often referred to Madison Square Garden as his 'favourite venue.' His last concert there was in 2007, when he celebrated his 60th birthday playing his 60th concert at the legendary venue. "Elton John doesn't come to play Madison Square Garden. He comes to own it," said Jay Marciano, president, Madison Square Garden Entertainment. "Elton has the unique ability to make the Arena feel intimate like only few artists can do. His shows have a contagious energy and I have no doubt that Elton will rock The Garden once again for his record breaking 61st concert at MSG."

For this concert there is a pre-sale for American Express Cardholders which begins on Monday, December 13 at 11am. The public on-sale will begin Friday, December 17 at 11am. Tickets will be available at ticketmaster.com, thegarden.com, livenation.com and charge-by-phone (866-858-0008). If tickets remain, they will be available at The Garden box office beginning Saturday, December 18.

- Elton John.com

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Union is Rolling Stone's 3rd Best Album of 2010



Since the 1970s every music fan has been aware of the prestige of Rolling Stone magazine. Doctor Hook and the Medicine Show paid glorious homage to it in their 1973 song 'The Cover of the Rolling Stone,' and of course Cameron Crowe's 2000 film 'Almost Famous' describes the life in music of a fledgling Rolling Stone reporter.

Today, it has been revealed that Elton and Leon Russell's album, The Union has been voted Number Three in Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2010, and we are thrilled! Congratulations to Elton, Leon, Bernie, T Bone Burnett and all The Union musicians - this is a truly great day in Elton history.

 - eltonjohn.com

Elton Plays Tennis Every Day While on Tour


Tennis-loving pop star Sir Elton John has called game, set and match on his regular court battles with former champion Billie Jean King - because she's no longer a challenge for him.
The racket-wielding rocker is obsessed with the sport and makes sure he plays a few sets every morning, even when he is on tour.
But his games with former professional King are no longer a regular feature - because Sir Elton is too competitive and tries to beat her each time.
King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles during her career, tells the New York Daily News, "He has a great forehand. I don't think a lot of people realize that he plays on tour every morning.
"I don't play with him anymore because he doesn't like to hit it back and forth with me. He always wants to hit it away from you and he wants to challenge you. He's very crafty and mean."

- Toronto Sun

Elton Coming to Worcester



Music legend Elton John will be making a stop at the DCU Center in March during the "Greatest Hits Live" tour. John has performed at the DCU Center seven times, but not since 1988. 

Tickets for the March 12 event go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday.

DCU officials confirmed the concert this morning.

"As one of the most talented and respected artists in the music industry, there is no doubt the DCU Center will be packed very tight on a Saturday night in March,” said Sandy Dunn, DCU Center general manager.

Tickets range from $29 to $139. 

- Telegram.com

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sign the Petition for a 2nd Matt Knight Show


A few signatures are now on a petition to get music legend Elton John to play another night at the new
Matthew Knight Arena.

Mister Ooh-la-la, which is the man's legal name, says he was one of the hundreds of Elton John fans, who got caught up in the ticket office fiasco Friday.

He is trying to convince the UO athletic department's ticket office to schedule an another show.

He said if there's a demand for it, he doesn't see why the department or the musician himself wouldn't agree.

"I and many other people are disappointed and it would be profitable for everybody. Elton would make money the arena would make money and everybody would get to see the show."

Many fans couldn't purchase tickets and some were charged thousands of dollars for trying to buy them multiple times.

- KEZI.com

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Elton 's Brother Thinks Elton is Sad & Lonely


Geoff Dwight lives in a teeny cottage in the windswept village of Ruthin in North Wales with his 47-year-old partner Karen, one of their seven children and a cat called Rocky.

The windows are filthy but the woodburning stove is toasty warm, and the one downstairs room is decorated with animal skulls, plastic trolls, dozens of bongo drums, a homemade harp, faded rugs and a 10ft, three-pronged Hindu trident that’s leaning against the back door.

‘You should have been there when I walked down Oxford Street holding it — the crowds parted pretty quickly, I can tell you,’ he jokes.


Forty-three-year-old Geoff is Elton John’s half-brother. His hobbies include building yurts — enormous circular tents made from wood and canvas — smoking cannabis, building Celtic harps in his drafty shed and, of course, music.

‘I love music. I wouldn’t say I’m exactly musical, but I play the guitar and I’ll listen to anything. Well, anything good, that is — country, rock, pop …’ And anything of Elton John’s?

‘No. He’s not exactly my cup of tea, so only when I have to. You know, when I’m walking round the supermarket, they’re always playing his stuff. And every time I’ve walked into my local pub for the past 25 years, they’ve put Elton on the jukebox to wind me up. I must have made millions in royalties for him, though it’s not like he needs my help.’

He’s right. Elton, 63, has an estimated fortune of at least £160 million, a £7 million mansion in Old Windsor, homes in London, the South of France and America, which he flits between by private jet and Bentley. He and his film producer partner David Furnish are friends with the Beckhams and Tom Cruise, and have previously spent £150,000 on their annual flower bill.

So while they share the same father — the late Stanley Dwight, a handsome former World War II fighter pilot who was married first to Elton’s mother, Sheila, and, later, to Edna, mother to Geoff, Stan, Simon and Robert — it’s little surprise Geoff and Elton aren’t exactly joined at the hip.

Far from it. They’ve been at loggerheads for years. It all started in the Seventies when Elton started criticising their father Stanley in newspaper and magazine interviews, depicting him as a control freak who banned him from playing football in the garden, listening to pop music, wearing trendy clothes and even eating celery because it was too noisy.

Elton even claimed his ridiculously flamboyant image was a reaction to Stanley’s rules and coldness. Geoff doesn’t see it that way.

‘Dad was a formidable bloke, but he was kind. And he was always mucking about in the back yard — when you see Elton larking about on stage, he’s the spit of our dad, apart from the good looks of course. Neither of us got his looks.

‘Dad was mad about football, and was always taking Elton to see Watford. And Elton was the only one of us who had his own clothing account — at Horne Brothers in London. We had hand-me-downs, but he was allowed to charge whatever he wanted and dad would pay for it.’
And the pop music?

‘Hardly. Dad had his own swing band, for goodness sake. It was he who bought Elton a piano and paid for all the lessons. He wanted Elton to be a musician — he’d never have got in his way.’
It’s all very odd. And sad. But with a pair of mothers who didn’t get on, and an age gap of 20 years, Geoff and Elton were never destined to be close.

Elton (christened Reginald) was born in March 1947, the only son of Stanley and Sheila, and bought up in Pinner, Middlesex. It wasn’t a happy marriage and ended in divorce when Elton was 15.
Both parents remarried, Sheila to a chap called Fred, and Stanley to Edna, whom he met in Port Sunlight in Merseyside, having relocated there for a fresh start after his first marriage ended.

Edna gave birth to four boys in five years. Stan, now an accountant, was the eldest; next came Robert, who works for the Lottery operator, Camelot; then there was Geoff; and finally Simon, a civil engineer.

As the boys grew up, Elton became a sort of glamorous uncle figure to his dad’s new family.
‘I first met Elton when I was five — he was already a star, which was very exciting,’ recalls Geoff. ‘We all went to see him at the Empire in Liverpool — I remember thousands of people queuing to get through, but we were VIPs and were escorted backstage.’

Elton also used to pop round and play football with his younger half brothers whenever he was in the area. ‘He bought us presents — stuff his fans had given him; teddy bears and all sorts.’
‘And he always sent birthday and Christmas cards to our dad. He never forgot.’

So the way in which Elton described his childhood in an interview to Playboy magazine in the mid-70s must have come as a terrible shock to Stanley — something that today Geoff puts down to Elton taking ‘a load of drugs at the time, and not being able to handle his depressing comedowns very well’.
So while Elton was strutting about in platform boots, partying like a maniac and topping the charts time and again, Geoff was growing up in Ruthin.

Things started off well. He won a scholarship to the local independent school, but dropped out early and got in with the wrong sort. When he was 18, he was given a four-year prison sentence for a bungled robbery. ‘It was a disaster — we robbed the wrong house,’ he rolls his eyes.

One taste of prison was enough and, determined to go straight, the next ten years were a blur of odd jobs, travelling, dabbling in drugs and religion, and trying to make ends meet.


In 1995, money was so tight he rented out his home, built a shed in the garden and lived in it for a year, sleeping on a straw bed, eating vegetables donated by friends and worshipping Hare Krishna.
‘It was lovely and cosy — I even had a fire in there,’ he says.

‘If you ask me,’ says Karen, ‘he flipped his lid.’

Next came the Celtic harps. ‘My idea was to create my own market by introducing one into every Welsh primary school.’

More recently, he’s been working as a software programmer. ‘I’ve been designing a database capable of holding the whole world’s data,’ he explains earnestly. ‘But we were burgled recently, and my laptop and all my work was stolen. So now I’m making yurts, which Karen and I turn into amazing fairy spaces at festivals.’

It’s all sounds very jolly, and Geoff is clearly a bright guy, but it can’t have been easy being related to a megastar.

‘I spend my life being called Elton John’s brother, and I just have to grin and bear it. People think I live on handouts from him, but I never have, and I never want to.’

The last time Geoff sought help from his brother was, he claims, in 1995, when his battered old Bedford van broke down near Elton’s home in Old Windsor, but he ended up being turned away by the singer’s security men and sleeping rough on the grass verge outside his brother’s enormous mansion.


‘I’d never been to Elton’s house, but I was in the area — it’s not exactly difficult to find — so I left my van on the grass verge on the edge of the driveway, went up to the house and explained who I was and that my van had broken down, and that I’d be back soon and to pick it up.’

But when he returned, the van had gone. ‘So I slept on the grass by the main gate.’
And the broken-down van?

‘I later found out they’d sent it to the scrap yard.’ Geoff didn’t speak to Elton during the episode, and Elton’s publicist denies it ever happened.

Geoff adds: ‘I still don’t know if Elton was there, or even if he ever knew I was there, but that’s the world he lives in. That’s the world that he’s built up around himself. It’s impossible to get through to him. I don’t even have a number for him.’

The only other time he’s tried to contact Elton, he says, was in 1991, when their father was losing his battle against heart disease.

‘My dad loved Elton very much, whatever Elton had said about him, and he was never angry with him, and he never, ever, uttered a word against him.’

Stanley slept with a picture of Elton, or EJ as he called him, in a silver frame next to his bed until the day he died.

‘I just wanted to give him the chance to come and see dad one last time before he died. I rang his manager’s office and asked them to pass on the message and my number, but it took over a week until he called back.

‘When he did finally call one morning, it was too late: our dad had died the night before.’ It was an awkward conversation.

‘He was quite distant, but he was in Atlanta, or somewhere, so it might have been the line. But I remember him saying that he’d never really connected with our dad, then he just thanked me for calling. And that was that.

‘Elton didn’t come to the funeral — maybe he did us a favour by not coming — the media would have made it all about him if he’d come.’

And that was the last time they spoke. ‘He’s missed out on so much — four brothers, a truckload of nieces and nephews that he’s never seen …’

‘And then he talked about adopting a Ukrainian baby,’ chips in Karen.

‘He bloody didn’t? Did he? Well, thank God he didn’t go ahead. He’s a bit old to become a parent now, isn’t he? I wonder if that was David’s idea.’

Oh dear. Sitting in Geoff’s cluttered sitting room, it’s hard to remember they’re so closely related. Can he think of anything they have in common, other than their father?

‘Music,’ says Karen promptly. ‘Musical talent runs through this family.’


‘Our dad had his own swing band,’ adds Geoff. ‘And our grandfather was a champion cornet player. And you should hear our brother Stan on the piano — he’s the real musical maestro of the family.

Unfortunately, Stan’s also an accountant, so he doesn’t get to practice much. But he once played one of Elton’s songs — I think it was Your Song, the best he ever did — and he was brilliant. You could put them back to back and you wouldn’t know the difference.’

And any other similarities? Any physical likeness?

‘I hope not,’ he snorts. ‘We’re both bald on top, but put it this way, unlike him, every hair on my body is my own.’

Karen thinks there’s more to it than that: ‘All the Dwights are very bright lads — they’ve got a lot about them, so I think they’d get on very well. And they do both seem to have terrible tempers.’
Of course, one glaring difference is their personal wealth. Elton is a member of the super rich, while Geoff lives hand-to-mouth, forever lurching from one crisis to the next. But he insists that envy is alien to him.

‘I’m not interested in having anything of his. To me, wealth is having a family, and being able to clothe and feed and spend time with them. And luxury is having logs to burn in the fire: it’s not about jetting round the world in a private plane.’

And Elton? ‘I’m very, very proud of him, and although I’m not holding my breath, I’d be happy to see him if he got in touch — but I also feel a bit sorry for him.

‘To me, he looks a bit lonely and a bit sad, living in his celebrity bubble. When you get to the top of the fame conveyor belt, you lose your support system. You need your family to keep you level and sane — that’s what families are for.

‘I’d far rather be Geoff Dwight than Elton John — and I’ve got all the riches I want here in Ruthin.’

- Daily Mail

Strasbourg & Dijon Concerts Rescheduled to February


Elton John fans will not be happy! They will have to patiently wait two more months to applaud the singer. The concerts that were to showcase percussionist Ray Cooper on December 17 at the Zenith de Dijon and 18 at the Zenith of Strasbourg are now delayed to 4 and 5 February.

According to information published in a statement on the official website of the artist and as declared by the producer of the show, this event is rescheduled due to a tour contingency. It's bad luck!

-  Actustar.com

Friday, December 3, 2010

Leon & Elton Nominated for Grammy
















Congratulations to Elton and Leon Russell - If It Wasn't For Bad, the first single from The Union, has been nominated in the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, to be broadcast in the USA on February 13, 2011, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

If It Wasn't For Bad is nominated in the category 'Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.'

Elton is the recipient of five Grammy Awards. In 1986 he received the award 'Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal' for the collaborative song That's What Friends Are For. In 1991 he received the 'Best Instrumental Composition' award for Basque, in 1994 he received the 'Best Male Pop Performance' award for Can You Feel The Love Tonight, in 1997 he received the 'Best Male Pop Performance' award for Candle In The Wind '97 and in 2000 he was part of the team that won the 'Best Musical Show Album' award for Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA. In 2001 he received the 'Grammy Legend' award.

Leon Russell has received two Grammys. In 1972 he and others including George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton received the 'Album Of The Year' award for The Concert for Bangla Desh. In 2001 he was part of the group that received the 'Best Country Instrumental Performance' award for Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

- EJ.com

Elton's Coming to Victoria BC


It’s official. Sir Elton John is coming to Victoria to perform two shows on Feb. 14 and 15 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Tickets go on sale through Select Your Tickets on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.

The rock ’n’ roll legend has never been to Victoria, although he has performed several times in B.C., in Vancouver, Kelowna and Prince George.

- Vancouversun.com

Elton's World AIDS Day Editorial



This World Aids Day marks the beginning of a fourth decade living with a global killer. I understand that many of you have just picked up your morning paper and may not want to think about disease, death, and devastation. I understand that you may think Aids is too complicated and too persistent for us to solve. I understand that you likely have a dozen other issues clamouring for your attention – global warming, poverty, world peace, just to name a few – and the day has only just begun.

But I would make the case that Aids is still worthy of our attention, resources, and effort – now, more than ever before. Not because of my personal connection to a disease that has taken so many friends and colleagues over the years. It's not the troubling fact that Aids continues to attack young adults as they make their way into the world and start their own families. Nor is it the way Aids devastates household incomes and national economies, propelling the perpetual cycle of poverty.

In fact, I am compelled not by despair but by hope. I'm heartened by the recent statistics from UNAIDS that tell a promising story – 5 million people on treatment and a 25 per cent drop in new infections across the worst-affected countries since 2001. I'm motivated by the progress that Aids has quite unintentionally moved forward, rather than the destruction it has left in its wake.

Because despite the chaos Aids has wrought, it has also resulted in remarkable human compassion and ingenuity. When it struck the gay community with such ferocity, Aids galvanised gay men not only to demand medical treatment as patients, but also equal treatment as human beings. When religious leaders and moral crusaders declared it to be "God's judgment", brave and unlikely champions such as Princess Diana and Ryan White emerged to challenge the prejudices and taboos that lived in the hearts of millions. And when epidemics claimed the lives of millions of nurses, teachers, miners, and soldiers, an army of ordinary people proved to be much stronger, building networks, raising funds, and opening their hearts to the sick and their homes to the orphaned.

In 2001, the Global Fund – the most ambitious response to a global catastrophe since the Marshall Plan – was established to fight Aids, TB, and malaria. And in 2003, George W Bush launched the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief – PEPFAR – the largest international health initiative ever directed at a single disease. What has this incredible and unprecedented convergence of love, compassion, money, political will, and science given us?

For one thing, it it has shattered the belief that poor countries are unable to manage complicated medical treatment. When PEPFAR was announced, only 500,000 Africans had access to HIV treatment, now 5.2 million people are on life-saving medicines. In Botswana, where 39 per cent of the population was infected with HIV in 2002 and life expectancy was under 40 years, President Mogae has claimed the Aids treatment that now reaches 80 per cent of patients saved his country from the brink of extinction.
For another, the innovation and ingenuity that has enabled millions to live longer lives has benefited so many more. The Global Fund has increased resources for more than just Aids: 35 per cent of its funding strengthens health systems that reach all patients, not just those with HIV. Since the Global Fund there is a real goal to eradicate malaria and usher in the first new TB drugs since the 1970s. The Aids epidemic has created an architecture to improve global health. It has given new impetus to improving primary education for a generation of Aids orphans. It has sharpened focus on gender equality and reinvigorated efforts to end maternal mortality. It has challenged stigmas and double standards that persisted long before the disease appeared.

I am proud that the Elton John Aids Foundation has contributed to this progress for nearly 20 years. Through the Foundation I have witnessed the ingenuity, the compassion, and the human love that has made a difference, not just in the fight against Aids, but in all aspects of the complex, globalised world in which we live.

Before I sound too much like a musician with his head in the clouds, let me be clear. I agree with President Clinton, who writes today, about how much work remains to be done. I understand the challenges of getting 10 million patients the treatment they still need and filling a funding shortfall of $10 billion in the midst of a widespread economic crisis. I recognise the need for business expertise and leadership, good government policies, and engaging affected communities. I know the barriers that exist to building up the capacity of health care systems, training enough health care workers, and eradicating dangerous stigmas that keep many people from knowing their status and obtaining the medicines that could save their lives.

Yet, on this World Aids Day, I hope to share how a disease that once made us feel helpless can make us feel hopeful – and even proud. I hope these stories restore your faith in compassion. But most of all, I hope to leave you with a renewed sense that not only is this battle worth fighting, it is one we can win. And in many ways, it's the very thing that could save us all.

- Elton John (Independent)