Saturday, May 4, 2013
Bid on Elton's Doodles, Fall Out Boy & Elton Reach Number 1
The vinyl test pressings of the Bennie And The Jets singles that were sold during the recent Secret 7" Record Store Day event in the UK have each been signed on its white label by Elton. That alone would make them collector's items. However, Elton has also done something he has never done before: drawn a different doodle on each label...thus assuring them their place in the "Ultra-rare" category of Elton memorabilia.
These test pressings are the first batch of records run off the machine used to press the singles for the Record Store Day sale last weekend in the UK. While a collector would want to display these, rather than put them on the turntable and press Play, each single has been approved for sound quality. It should also be noted that these copies on auction do not have the unique Bennie And The Jets sleeve that artist Al Weiwei designed for this year's Secret 7" project. But there is no doubt that Elton's signature and doodle make each single a must-have item for any fan.
To view and bid on the seven different personalised labels, go to the Art Against Knives eBay page. The auction begins April 28, and will go for seven days.
Just as he has did with John Lennon 39 years ago, Elton has helped propel Fall Out Boy to the top position in the Billboard 200 albums chart. Save Rock and Roll, the new album by the Illinois group, has won the race for #1 on the American chart in its first week.
Featuring a guest duet vocal by Elton on its title track, the album has sold 154,000 copies in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This makes it the third-biggest sales week ever for Fall Out Boy, who have released five albums since 2003.