Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Album a Tribute Collection

Miguel, Hunter Hayes and John Grant are among the nine artists who have finished tracks for a "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tribute album that is expected to be released next year, marking the 40th anniversary of the Elton John classic.

"Hunter Hayes has done 'Yellow Brick Road,' played all the instruments and he blew my mind," John told a crowd of USC students and invited guests during a performance-and-interview event Monday night to promote his Sept. 24 Capitol release "The Diving Board."

John's mentioning the project, which producer Peter Asher has been working on for months, was one of several comments about how many young artists impress him today. John professed admiration for Disclosure, Hanni El Khatib -- even spelling his name for the audience -- Queens of the Stone Age, and Lorde.

In referring to Lorde and the track "Tennis Court," he said, "it gives me more pleasure than an old Muddy Waters track. And I love Muddy Waters. For (songwriting partner) Bernie (Taupin), it's the opposite."

- Billboard

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