Friday, May 20, 2016
Anastacia on Elton, Elton Supports Jeans for Refugees, Colton Haynes, George Martin & Tower Records
The two powerhouse singers formed a friendship more than 15 years ago, after they performed together at Madison Square Garden in New York. Elton was so taken with the Paid My Dues star, he even kissed her stomach in appreciation of her flawless vocals on his hit Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting).
“I’m in love with him for the rest of my life,” she gushed to Britain’s Hello! magazine. “I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like. We have to figure out where he is and where I am at any given time, but I don’t try to overload him because I know he’s a very busy man.”
She’s hoping to catch up with her buddy when she lands in the U.K. next month (June16) to play at the Hampton Court Palace Festival.
Over the course of their friendship, Elton and his husband David Furnish have welcomed two children via a surrogate. The pair are proud parents to sons Zachary, five, and three-year-old Elijah, and Anastacia says her friend is an amazing dad.
“He’s a terrific father and I’ve seen such a joy in him with the kids,” she smiled. “It’s the same for everyone I know with children. They have this glow. I love how it enriches their lives.”
- Belfast Telegraph
Paul McCartney and Elton John gathered at a memorial service in London to celebrate the life and work of producer George Martin on May 11, 2016.
The legendary music producer, who was often dubbed the Fifth Beatle due to his work with the Fab Four, passed away on March 8, 2016, aged 90, and he was laid to rest in a private family funeral in Wiltshire, England not long after. George's celebrity friends got the opportunity to pay their respects and say farewell at a memorial service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, London on May 11, 2016.
More than 600 mourners attended the service to celebrate George, including Paul, his fashion designer daughter Stella, Elton and singer James Bay. John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was reportedly in the congregation too.
'Jeans for Refugees' is a Johny Dar project and artistic fundraising initiative dedicated to helping refugees around the world, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee.
One hundred celebrities are participating in the project by donating a pair of their jeans to be painted by Johny Dar. Each pair of jeans will be made into an individual art piece consisting of the painted jeans showcased in a glass box, and the 100 art pieces will be exhibited in London. At the end of the exhibition each piece will be auctioned at a special fundraiser auction, and all proceeds raised donated to the IRC initiatives helping millions of refugees worldwide on a daily basis.
- Jeans for Refugees
''My love to Colton Haynes. Freedom is the greatest gift you can have.'' - Elton
Elton was so vocal about his love for Tower Records that Colin Hanks felt compelled to enlist him for his film about the company's rise and fall.
The son of Tom Hanks and star of The Good Guys and Fargo, made his directorial debut with All Things Must Pass.
The movie tells the story of Tower Records and features Elton, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen.
Elton once said the closure of the US-based record store was "one of the greatest tragedies of my life," while Grohl was a former employee, and Springsteen a keen customer.
Hanks told the Press Association: "Just because they're famous musicians doesn't mean that they're not fans of music. Obviously in Elton's case, he was very vocal about his love for Tower, and so we wanted to make sure that we included him in the film.
- Daily Mail