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Lady Gaga: Sir Elton John 'saved' me
Sunday, November 23 2014

Lady Gaga has revealed Elton John "saved" her, following her two-year battle with a drug addiction.

Lady Gaga was "saved" by Elton John. The 'Pokerface' hitmaker - who battled a drug addiction for two years - has revealed how he helped her through the hard times.

She said: "It's pretty messed up being friends with people who used to have drug and alcohol problems, like Elton. He got me on the straight and narrow. He was telling me: 'Gaga, you're smoking too much'. He saved me."

Lady Gaga - who is the godmother of Elton and his partner, David Furnish's son Elijah - has revealed that she realised she needed help for her addiction at her best friend, Bo O'Connor's wedding last year. She said: "I've been friends with Bo for 20 years but when she got married I was her maid of honour. I was going through a really hard time and I was high and I was f***ed up throughout her whole wedding. For the rehearsals, for the planning, for the day - and I look back on that day and I remember it, but I'm really sorry I was f***ed up at her wedding because she deserved a sober maid of honour."

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old singer has revealed that she is still on the road to recovery. Speaking at her artRAVE tour in Sheffield, England as reported in the Sun newspaper, she said: "I'm sober now. Sometimes. Not always. Just when I'm on stage."

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Elton John and band performed in Paris on November 19, 2014
Sunday, November 23 2014

Following is the complete setlist of the Paris show on November 19, 2014.

  1. Funeral For A Friend
  2. Love Lies Bleeding
  3. Bennie And The Jets
  4. Candle In The Wind
  5. All The Girls Love Alice
  6. Levon
  7. Tiny Dancer
  8. Believe
  9. Daniel
  10. Philadelphia Freedom
  11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  12. Rocket Man
  13. Hey Ahab
  14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
  15. The One (solo)
  16. The Greatest Discovery (solo)
  17. Your Song
  18. Burn Down The Mission
  19. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
  20. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  21. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  22. The Bitch Is Back
  23. I'm Still Standing
  24. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)
  25. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

  26. Sacrifice
  27. Crocodile Rock

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Billy Joel to set Madison Square Garden record
Saturday, November 22 2014

The 65-year-old piano man will surpass the record set by his former tour mate Elton John with a show on July 1, 2015, which will be part of his residency at the New York venue.

Billy Joel will set a record for the most performances by any artist at Madison Square Garden with this upcoming 65th show scheduled for this summer. Tickets for the record-breaking show, as well as his performances scheduled in May and June 2015, will go on sale to the general public on November 22, 2014.

The Grammy-winning artist was announced last year as the first-ever music franchise of the Garden. The July 1, 2015 show will be the 19th performance as a part of the residency, which has included monthly concerts from the singer songwriter throughout 2014.

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    ABC to celebrate Disney musicals on Broadway with TV special
    Friday, November 21 2014

    Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Aida," "Tarzan," "The Little Mermaid," "Mary Poppins," "Newsies" and "Aladdin."

    "Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years," will air December 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of "Modern Family" and have performances by Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen ("Nashville"), Ashley Brown ("Mary Poppins") and Adam Jacobs ("Aladdin").

    Viewers will get to see the touring cast of "Newsies" prepare for opening night in Philadelphia, see backstage during a performance of "Aladdin," and witness a special rehearsal of "The Lion King."

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    Elton fan gathering in Munich
    Thursday, November 20 2014

    With Elton and band performing two shows in the south of Germany on November 27, 2014 (Munich) and November 29, 2014 (Nuernberg), there is the opportunity for a fan gathering on November 28, 2014.

    When we proposed to have a bigger fan convention back in the summer (see "Elton Fan Convention in Munich?") the feedback was rather disappointing. By far there were not enough people to justify the organisation of a major event. However, we don't want to cancel these plans altogether.

    So if you will be attending the Munich show on November 27, 2014 and if you will still be in town the following date, let me know if you are interested in an informal fan gathering in Munich on November 28, 2014. Simply drop me a mail at stephan@eltonfan.net. And if you are local, please feel free to recommend a place to meet, or if you are from abroad, let me know what kind of Munich experience you would be up to.

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    Would you like to buy Elton John's Ferrari?
    Tuesday, November 18 2014

    A Ferrari originally owned by Elton John is set to fetch around a quarter of a million pounds at auction on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

    The Dino 246GT Coupe - in Hornets' yellow - was bought new by the former Watford FC owner-chairman for an undisclosed sum in November 1972, the month he entered the record charts with "Crocodile Rock". Six months later, on June 15, 1973, Elton "gifted" the car to his loyal drummer, Nigel Olsson.

    Since then the car has had five other careful owners but has done only 29,200 miles in 42 years. Elton clocked up 5,600 miles were during the six months he owned it. Now the car is up for sale again and it is expected to fetch between £220,000 and £280,000 at Bonhams in London.

    The auctioneers say it is "a rare opportunity to acquire a fully documented, low-mileage example of this iconic V6 Ferrari, possessing the additional cachet of A-List celebrity ownership".

    Nigel Olsson owned the Ferrari for less than a year before selling it to a Mr Doug Hodson in May 1974. Mr Hodson kept the car for five years until May 1979, when he sold it to Mr J.J.Baynes, of Surrey. Five months later, in October 1979, Mr Baynes sold the car to a Miss V.J.Carlaw, of Glasgow. Miss Carlaw held on to it until December 1993, when she sold it to Mr R.J.Matthews, of London. Mr Matthews sold the car to its present owner - whose name has not been revealed by auctioneers Bonhams - in 2002.

    At Christie’s in London, on June 5, 2001, Elton John sold 20 of his cars - including three other Ferraris - for almost £2 million. These included his 1986 Ferrari 412 Sports for £42,300; his 1987 Ferrari Testarossa for £49,350; and his 1992 Ferrari 512TR for £89,550. His 1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe - which Elton once had re-sprayed in the yellow and black colours of his beloved Hornets - sold for £80,750.

    It was comparatively inexpensive to run a Ferrari Dino, when Elton John bought the car new in 1972, because in a gallon of petrol - a gallon, not a litre - cost just 36 pence.

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    Elton John and band performed in Stavanger on November 16, 2014
    Monday, November 17 2014

    Following is the complete set list of the Stavanger show on November 16, 2014.

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. Bennie And The Jets
    4. Candle In The Wind
    5. All The Girls Love Alice
    6. Levon
    7. Tiny Dancer
    8. Believe
    9. Daniel
    10. Philadelphia Freedom
    11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    12. Rocket Man
    13. Hey Ahab
    14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    15. The One (solo)
    16. Your Song
    17. Burn Down The Mission
    18. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    19. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    20. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    21. The Bitch Is Back
    22. I'm Still Standing
    23. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)
    24. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

    25. Crocodile Rock
    26. Circle Of Life/Can You Feel The Love Tonight

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    Elton John and band performed in Oslo on November 15, 2014
    Sunday, November 16 2014

    Following is the complete set list of the Oslo show on November 15, 2014.

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. Bennie And The Jets
    4. Candle In The Wind
    5. All The Girls Love Alice
    6. Levon
    7. Tiny Dancer
    8. Believe
    9. Daniel
    10. Philadelphia Freedom
    11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    12. Rocket Man
    13. Hey Ahab
    14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    15. The One (solo)
    16. Border Song (solo)
    17. The Greatest Discovery (solo)
    18. Your Song
    19. Burn Down The Mission
    20. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    21. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    22. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    23. The Bitch Is Back
    24. I'm Still Standing
    25. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)
    26. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

    27. Sacrifice
    28. Crocodile Rock

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    Elton John and band performed in Gothenburg on November 14, 2014
    Saturday, November 15 2014

    Following is the complete set list of the Gothenburg show on November 14, 2014.

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. Bennie And The Jets
    4. Candle In The Wind
    5. All The Girls Love Alice
    6. Levon
    7. Tiny Dancer
    8. Believe
    9. Daniel
    10. Philadelphia Freedom
    11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    12. Rocket Man
    13. Hey Ahab
    14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    15. The One (solo)
    16. Your Song
    17. Burn Down The Mission
    18. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    19. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    20. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    21. The Bitch Is Back
    22. I'm Still Standing
    23. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)
    24. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

    25. Sacrifice
    26. Crocodile Rock

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    Elton John and band performed in Copenhagen on November 12, 2014
    Thursday, November 13 2014

    Fan report by Ulrick from Copenhagen.

    As my wife and I were off to Copenhagen for the second Elton John show in Denmark this year, our expectations were pretty high. He did an awesome show this summer in Aalborg and once again in Forum, Copenhagen he proved the high level of performance quality.

    With a total of around 7500 people this was quite a small venue. We had seats in the front row, but as they were pretty much to the right of the stage we did not see Elton that much. However this gave us the opportunity to focus on the brilliant band – and they are brilliant!

    After the 30 minutes show with Bright Lights Bright Lights Elton entered the stage to the beginning of “Funeral For A Friend”. What was new to me was that he did not walk all the way across the stage as he normally does when he enters the stage, but we first saw lights on him when he started playing the song.

    He wore a red suit with Captain Fantastic on the back and a white shirt. I tend to believe that he wore these colors due to our national flag being red and white. Maybe also because Davey is married to a Danish woman and that she and her Danish family were in the audience (Elton said so).

    He was in a very good mood and I can truly say that there are version of songs I have never heard with such long piano solos and I have seen him perform more than 30 times. He got standing ovations from the audience several times and you could feel that he really enjoyed being here!

    Not only did Elton have a good time but the band too! They were all making lots of internal jokes, jumping around and also got standing ovations when introduced by Elton. Elton’s voice sounded great, then band sounded great and all in all another top class performance.

    Elton took time to sign my tour book properly, he singed my wife’s t-shirt and we both shook hands with him. He even agreed to have a picture taken with two guys letting them come up on stage with him. Furthermore I was lucky to get a drumstick from John Mahon and my wife a guitar plectrum from Davey Johnstone.

    Elton ended the show thanking us for this amazing evening, our loyalty and support, and pretty quick left for the airport and a private jet back to London. Thank you for another amazing performance to Nigel, John, Kim, Matt, Davey and Sir Elton John!

    Following is the complete set list of the Copenhagen show on November 12, 2014:

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. Bennie And The Jets
    4. Candle In The Wind
    5. All The Girls Love Alice
    6. Levon
    7. Tiny Dancer
    8. Believe
    9. Daniel
    10. Philadelphia Freedom
    11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    12. Rocket Man
    13. Hey Ahab
    14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    15. The One (solo)
    16. Your Song
    17. Burn Down The Mission
    18. Grey Seal
    19. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    20. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    21. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    22. The Bitch Is Back
    23. I'm Still Standing
    24. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)
    25. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

    26. Sacrifice
    27. Crocodile Rock

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    Elton John and band performed in Helsinki on November 10, 2014
    Wednesday, November 12 2014

    Following is the complete set list of the Helsinki show on November 10, 2014.

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. Bennie And The Jets
    4. Candle In The Wind
    5. All The Girls Love Alice
    6. Levon
    7. Tiny Dancer
    8. Believe
    9. Daniel
    10. Philadelphia Freedom
    11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    12. Rocket Man
    13. Hey Ahab
    14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    15. The One (solo)
    16. Your Song
    17. Burn Down The Mission
    18. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    19. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    20. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    21. The Bitch Is Back
    22. I'm Still Standing
    23. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)
    24. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

    25. Sacrifice
    26. Crocodile Rock

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    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2014 - Special News!
    Tuesday, November 11 2014

    Nigel Olsson, John Mahon, Bobby Kimball and Giorgio Onorato Aquilani are teaming up to deliver their tribute to the 40th Anniversary of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".

    To many people - whether die-hard Elton fan or not - "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is one of Elton's masterpieces if not the ultimate Elton John album of all times. For that reason it's not surprising that not only Elton himself is looking back to his musicial creation from 40 years ago, but many fellow musicians and fans do as well.

    In this regard, Giorgio Onorato Aquilani from Italy makes no difference. Some of you might remember Giorgio as he was the winner of the Hercules Composer Competition 2005, when we asked fans to put music to "Dogs in the Kitchen", a poem which is included in the "Captain Fantastic" lyric book, but which has never been recorded by Elton.



    Giorgio has come a long way since. On March 25, 2010 he released the album "Party of the Century" featuring ten of his own songs plus a cover version of Elton's "Friends". On that album he was being helped by a number of famous musicians including several members of TOTO, but also by current Elton John band member John Mahon and former Elton John band member Charlie Morgan. The album is available on iTunes or CDbaby.

    Now Giorgio is taking a next step with the release of two cover versions of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - dedicated with love to Elton John and Bernie Taupin. And once again he has assembled a great line-up of musical friends, some of which he already worked with on "Party of the Century".

    Current Elton John band members John Mahon and Nigel Olsson are providing backing vocals on the first track, which is a duet of Giorgio and Bobby Kimball, singer and founding member of TOTO. John's and Nigel's work on this track is outstanding in many aspects: Their colloborative singing is building a bridge between the 1974 version of this Elton classic and this most recent cover. The two generations of Elton John band inspire this new recording with the spirit and feeling from 40 years ago without being just a simple plagiarism of the original recording.

    The duet cover version overall is doing great in managing the tightrope walk of being close to the original version but breathing new life into the track at the same time without destroying the song. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is such an Elton John signature song that not many dared to cover it over the past 40 years. In its original key, it's a tricky song to sing and sure has been tortured a lot in karaoke bars all over the planet.

    Hunter Hayes did a decent job on the 40th Anniversary Celebration (Deluxe Edition) release of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", and Giorgio and Bobby don't need to be ashamed of their version either. To many the problem with any cover version of this song is that as soon as you recognize the classic opening chord sequence you automatically hear Elton's voice in your head. So any other voice starting to sing afterwards will sound "wrong" at first.

    With this is mind, Girgio's solo cover of the song - also with backing vocals by Nigel Olsson and John Mahon, but overall a different arrangement than the duet version - has it easier as it only features one "unexpected" voice. But be sure to stay tuned after the final chord of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" for Giorgio's hidden track, another one of his own compositions.

    Giorgio has been kind enough to provide free downloads of the two songs to visitors of eltonfan.net. Just click on the links below:

    1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (duet by Giorgio & Bobby Kimball) WAV mp3
    2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / Birds (Giorgio solo version) WAV mp3
    Besides the music one also has to pay attention to the wonderful cover artwork. The painting “Beyond the yellow brick road” is by Joseph Watchman Kaliher, a renowned contemporary artist. His works can be found in many prestigious Art collections such as the Fondazione Enrico Coveri and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Demidoff in Florence. In his atelier in Florence Kaliher has collaborated with Paloma Picasso as well as with famous architect Michele Bonan. Amongst his admirers are many illustrated individuals and collectors, such as the Marquis Lodovico Antinori, the Prince Colonna of Naples, the Count Walfredo Della Gherardesca, the jewelers Vennari and the industrials Demico and Collini, the Ferragamo and Modestini families and many more. You can download a high resolution version of his “Beyond the yellow brick road” artwork by clicking on the cover above. More about his works can be found on Kaliher's website.

    Overall, Giorgio's project is a great example for the ongoing enthusiasm, devotion and love of Elton fans all over the world towards Elton and his musical legislating. Giorgio is not a professional musician, but he has put together (yet another) musical tribute with great passion, which for sure will please Elton and hopefully you, too. Even more, Giorgio's example might encourage some other of the musical talents amongst the Elton fans to become part of the next Elton fan tribute project: We won't reveal the details yet, but it will be an opportunity for musically talented Elton fans to pay tribute to Elton himself. Stay tuned!

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    Elton John and band performed in St. Petersburg on November 9, 2014
    Monday, November 10 2014

    Following is the complete set list of the St. Petersburg show on November 9, 2014.

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. Bennie And The Jets
    4. Candle In The Wind
    5. All The Girls Love Alice
    6. Levon
    7. Tiny Dancer
    8. Believe
    9. Daniel
    10. Philadelphia Freedom
    11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    12. Rocket Man
    13. Hey Ahab
    14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    15. The One (solo)
    16. Nikita (solo)
    17. Your Song
    18. Burn Down The Mission
    19. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    20. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    21. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    22. The Bitch Is Back
    23. I'm Still Standing
    24. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)
    25. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

    26. Sacrifice
    27. Crocodile Rock
    28. Circle Of Life/Can You Feel The Love Tonight


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    David Furnish on Facebook
    Monday, November 10 2014

    Following Elton's performance in St. Peterburg on November 9, 2014, David Furnish posted the following on Facebook.

    Elton performed in St. Petersburg Russia tonight. When he last performed in Moscow, he bravely spoke out about the horrific anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBT people in Russia.

    He met with LGBT groups on the ground there and they supported his visit and praised his speech. Some artists have chosen to boycott Russia altogether, but the LGBT groups we spoke to were against that. They said a boycott would further isolate them and push them deeper into the cracks of society.

    They asked Elton to return and to continue to speak out in their support.

    Here is a transcript of what he said on stage in St. Petersburg tonight:

    "I'm not big on technology, but I love my i-Pad. They’re amazing…aren’t they? They way they can connect us to the things and people we love….

    How dignified that St Petersburg should erect a memorial to Steve Jobs, the remarkable founder of Apple.
    But last week it was labeled ‘homosexual propaganda’ and taken down!

    Can this be true? Steve’s memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay? Does that also make i-pads gay propaganda? Is Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music ‘sexually perverting’?

    As a gay man, I’ve always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans - men and women who fell in love dancing to’Nikita’ or their kids who sing along to ‘Circle of Life’ -- mean the world to me.

    If I’m not honest about who I am, I couldn’t write this music. It’s not gay propaganda. It’s how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose it’s humanity.

    Hate is ugly. Love is beautiful."

    Elton's speech was met was thunderous applause and at the end of the night he received a standing ovation.
    Love is beautiful indeed!

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    Sotheby's auction to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation
    Monday, November 10 2014

    As collectors brace themselves for the sure-to-be astronomical sales figures at next week's New York auctions, it's nice to be reminded that not everything is about making a profit.

    To wit, leading contemporary artists have generously donated no less than 12 artworks, all of which will be auctioned off at Sotheby's to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

    The Contemporary Art Day Sale on November 12, 2014 will mark the fourth time that the auction house has partnered with the EJAF. The participating artists are Allora & Calzadilla, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Elrod, Urs Fischer, Jonathan Horowitz, William Kentridge, Joel Meyerowitz, Rob Pruitt, Ed Ruscha, and Frank Thiel. Their pieces are currently featured in a public exhibition preceding the auction.

    “Thanks to the generosity of caring people like these artists and the buyers who purchase their work, EJAF was able to award more than $7.3 million in grants to 114 worthy organizations during 2013," said Elton John in a statement. “Their gifts helped support programs assisting homeless teens in New York City, enabling poor people to access the treatment and care they need in the Deep South, providing housing and medical assistance to HIV-positive parolees in the Bronx, serving the urgent needs of HIV-positive people in Haiti, and so much more. This sale at Sotheby's will help us to continue expanding on these efforts."

    Among the expected highlights are Urs Fischer's large-scale bronze, Naked Arrest (with an estimate of $250,000–350,000); William Kentridge's Indian ink drawing Huilboom ($40,000–60,000); and Allora & Calzadilla's woodcut print Intermission (Halloween Afghanistan: Still Life II) ($80,000–120,000). The full proceeds from the sales will fund EJAF's grant initiatives.

    In addition to the works donated to benefit the EJAF, Sotheby's is featuring an unusually wide selection of Andy Warhol's iconic silkscreen portraits of female celebrities during next week's sale, with canvases featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Debbie Harry, among others (see "A Constellation of Warhol Starlets at Fall Auctions").

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