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Hear Smokey Robinson and Elton John's 'Tracks of My Tears'
Thursday, July 31 2014

Listen to the first track off Robinson's duets album featuring Steven Tyler, Cee Lo, John Mayer and more.

Singing with the Miracles and as a solo artist, Smokey Robinson has been the voice behind some of the greatest records of the past half-century. On a new LP due August 19, 2014, the legend is revisiting 11 those records and re-imagining them as duets, adding in voices like those of John Legend, Steven Tyler, Cee Lo Green, James Taylor and Mary J. Blige. "My Girl," for instance, features not only new vocals from Miguel, Aloe Blacc and JC Chasez but also guitar playing from John Mayer.

Here, get a first listen to the album's opener, a rendition of "Tracks of My Tears" performed with Elton John. "I was lucky enough to pick 'Tracks of My Tears' because I’ve always loved the song, probably one of the best lyrics of all time," Elton said in a video promoting the album, going on to call the tune "the greatest pop song ever written."



Referring to Elton's comments, Robinson responded, "My dream and my aim as a songwriter is fulfilled with statements like that, especially by someone like Elton who is a great songwriter himself."

Smokey & Friends will be released on Verve Records and can be pre-ordered here.

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What's the best Disney theme ever?
Tuesday, July 29 2014

Here's a hint. The title wouldn't fit in the headline.

Mary Poppins' Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was picked as the best Disney song ever by listeners in July 2014's iHeartRadio Heartbeat survey. The tongue-twister, written by Richard and Robert Sherman for the 1964 film Mary Poppins, was sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Here's the full ranking:

  1. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins) 17.32%
  2. The Circle of Life, Elton John (The Lion King) 15.49%
  3. Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John (The Lion King) 11.43%
  4. Let it Go, Idina Menzel (Frozen) 11.35%
  5. A Whole New World, Peabo Bryson (Aladdin) 11.02%
  6. Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts (Cars) 10.85%
  7. You've got a Friend in Me, Randy Newman (Toy Story) 9.86%
  8. Under the Sea, Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid) 8.53%
  9. Be Our Guest, Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury (Beauty and the Beast) 4.14%

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Elton film is from 'birth to rehab' says writer
Friday, July 25 2014

Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall says his new biopic about Elton John will tell the singer's life story "from birth to rehab".

"I've been working on it with Elton for long time," Hall told BBC Radio 4's Front Row. "It's an absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair."

Starring Tom Hardy as the flamboyant musician, the film will be "about all the trouble he got into," he added.
Elton admitted to being a "monster" at the height of his drug addiction. He entered rehab in the 1990s, after which his career saw a resurgence and he had two children with his partner David Furnish, via a surrogate mother.

Speaking to presenter John Wilson, Hall said Elton had given him "incredible free rein" on the script. "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff. But he's never commented once on the script, he hasn't interfered at all."

Hall was Oscar-nominated for Billy Elliot, a story of an aspiring ballet dancer against the backdrop of the 1980s miner strike. He later adapted the film, which was directed by Stephen Daldrey, for a stage musical. Elton provided the music for the show - which is still running in London's West End after nine years.

Their collaboration led directly to the new film, titled Rocketman, with Elton acting as an executive producer. It will begin shooting in late 2014, according to Focus Features.

Hall said he saw parallels in the lives of Elton and the fictional character of Billy, a young boy from a working class community who dreams of becoming a dancer.
"The more I talked to Elton, the more I realised that he was Billy Elliot," he explained. "He went to the Royal Academy when, I think, he was about 13 and he was studying to be a classical pianist and he discovered Elvis Presley and the rest is history. But I think it's about the struggles that he had, coming from the wrong end of the tracks, with his sexuality. It's what happened next to Billy Elliot, a sequel in a way."

Hardy, soon to be seen as Mad Max in a reboot of the cult Mel Gibson movie, is better known for his action roles than his music, although has revealed that he once had a recording contract as a rapper. The question of whether he will get his tonsils around songs like "Your Song" and "Rocket Man", or simply lip synch to the tracks is yet to be answered.

Either way, "it's a really great project to have all that music to use," said Hall. "It's fantastic, it's all singing, all dancing."

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    Hackers defrauded over 1,000 StubHub accounts ...
    Friday, July 25 2014

    ... and bought some nice floor seats to Elton John.

    On July 23, 2014, six people were indicted in New York City for hacking into more than 1,000 StubHub accounts last year. In addition to those six, four others have been arrested internationally (three in London, one in Toronto), for running a scheme that defrauded various StubHub users to the tune of $1.6 million.

    Reportedly, StubHub’s security was never actually breached; instead the culprits gathered the passwords of various users, bought tickets for events that were in high demand, then resold them for their own profit. StubHub has already issued refunds to the customers affected and helped them reclaim their accounts—but of course, that only does so much.

    When Elton John thinks back on those packed arenas, the memory will be forever tainted by those who took advantage of the innocent people who were just trying to take advantage of others by posting steep ticket prices on the secondhand market. “They were all singing along,” Elton will ponder, “But at what cost?”

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    Elton John and band performed in Regensburg & Loerrach on July 22 & 23, 2014
    Thursday, July 24 2014

    Fan report by Marcel Zürcher.

    This week we've had the chance to see Elton and the band twice. First, there was the show in the Innercastle of Thurn and Taxis, Regensburg. First, the show was announced as a solo concert, which has changed a few weeks ago to an Elton & Band gig, but it went to an unforgettable event.

    The audience was seated on one big tribune, so everyone had a great view from every single place. At 8:00 pm bass virtuoso Jacques Bono entered the stage and performed several songs and pieces, e.g. Bach, solo on his bass. At the side of the tribune we saw Matt Bissonette, who was visibly inspired.

    After a 35-minutes-break, Elton and the band entered the stage at 9:0 pm. The guys and the audience were in a great mood. As Kim and Matt animated to clap at the beginning of "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Hey Ahab", the whole audience did. Elton played another incredible solo at the end of "Levon". "Rocket Man" received a new 3-minutes-classical-meets-boogie-intro (which was not the same in Regensburg and Lörrach), similar to earlier "Take Me To The Pilot"-intros. Also the slower part of the show, which included "The One", "Sorry Seems" and "Your Song", went amazing with the crowd.

    But it was THAT one special moment during the Regensburg show: When the last chords of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" were played, the whole audience jumped up together and didn't sit down until the finish, they also stayed during "Circle of Life" / "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". That big party at the end during the rockers was enthusiastic and gave us goosebumps. Just awesome!

    During the next day, we drove 500 kilometres back to the next concert station, Loerrach, near from our home country Switzerland. This concert was played on the market place in front of 5,000 people. Before the show, we've had the chance to give some interviews to the local TV station SWR, which was broadcasted the next evening and was a lot of fun. The crowd was in a good mood again. The whole audience clapped after the second "Love Lies Bleeding"-chorus, that was one of the great moments. After "Candle in the Wind" he welcomed us and said to the people on the balconies: "Have a drink on me. Or two." When "Rocket Man" was finished, he excused us for a little break, meanwhile 2Cellos were playing a tune for us. So they started with an energetic "Smooth Criminal". The audience went crazy. Elton wasn't back, so 2Cellos started with "With or Without You". During the second half, Elton came in and joined them on the piano, also the band did. As he began playing "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues", the sound failed after a few lines. Elton started directly again into the song – it all went well.

    As he introduced the band, he gave John, Kim and Matt three new names, he called John "Elma Pigstyle". During the first verse of "The Bitch is Back", Elton went too early to the chorus, but he realized, the band played some chords, Elton then started with the second part of the first chorus and said "Sorry for that one" and smiled to the band.

    Before playing the "Lion King" songs, Elton said sorry, that he was feeling bad, but he hoped that they made enough to make us happy. The crowd gave him a loud applause.

    The only difference in case of the setlist was that he played "Crocodile Rock" in Loerrach. Thank you Elton and Band for two superb nights of entertaining.

    Following is the complete set list of the Regensburg & Loerrach show on July 22 & 23, 2014:

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. Bennie and the Jets
    4. Candle in the Wind
    5. Grey Seal
    6. Levon
    7. Tiny Dancer
    8. Philadelphia Freedom
    9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    10. Rocket Man
    11. Smooth Criminal [2Cellos, only in Loerrach]
    12. With or Without You [2Cellos feat. EJ & Band, only in Loerrach]
    13. Hey Ahab
    14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    15. The One (Elton solo)
    16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    17. Your Song
    18. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    19. All The Girls Love Alice
    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. Circle of Life / Can You Feel The Love Tonight
    26. Crocodile Rock [only in Loerrach]

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    Elton John and band performed in Mönchengladbach on July 20, 2014
    Thursday, July 24 2014

    Fan report by Mireille Herz.

    The concert took place at Moenchengladbach’s hockey stadium. Since there are few big hockey matches, the place is mostly used for concerts. That works fine because the venue is not as large as a ‘real’ stadium, maybe 10,000 seats.

    Bright Light Bright Light, the opening act, took the stage at about 6:15 pm and played for half an hour. The music was well-received even though spectators were just filing into the venue at the time.

    The first bars of “Funeral” started at exactly 7:00 pm, and Elton came on stage shortly afterwards. He was wearing his blue ensemble with the “Madman Across The Water” embroidery on the back.

    Elton remarked that exactly one week ago he had watched the soccer World Cup Final. He had been a fan of the German team all along and was more than happy that they won. Huge cheers from the crowd.

    The set list was almost the same as in Mainz and Kiel only “Sad Songs” was missing. During “Alice” Elton and the entire band kept laughing, and Elton altered some of the lyrics to feature “dumb blondes” and the like. I later learnt that Davey Johnstone had accidently forgotten “Sad Songs” and just started the intro of “Alice” after “Someone Saved”.

    Towards the end of the show, Elton introduced the band members. Davey Johnstone was visibly scared imagining what kind of a joke name his boss would choose in reference to his lapse just before. This fear proved unfounded because Elton said everyone’s real names.

    After about 2:15 hrs the show ended and the overture of “The Lion King” was played.

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

    23. Circle of Life / Can You Feel the Love Tonight (solo)
    24. Crocodile Rock

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    Auction benefiting the EJAF
    Tuesday, July 22 2014

    A longtime Elton fan is auctioning off a 1979 Russian tour info - signed by Elton.

    The fan will donate 50% of the highest bid to the Elton John Aids Foundation. Please send your bid to stephan@eltonfan.net. The auction will close on July 31, 2014. Current highest bid is Euro 202.

    Click on the following picture to enlarge:

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    AIDS documentary premieres at AIDS Conference
    Tuesday, July 22 2014

    Elton John provides heartfelt, inspirational narration for the Voice of America AIDS documentary.

    At the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Voice of America on July 21, 2014 premiered a documentary that explores how stigma interferes with AIDS treatment and prevention around the world. The documentary, Living in the Shadows, profiles six individuals combating HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Canada, Cambodia, Haiti, and the United States. Each of their stories argues that no matter the community, acceptance and compassion are necessary first steps to solving the AIDS crisis.



    The film was narrated by Elton John, a longtime AIDS activist and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). "So much of my foundation's work has been guided by this film's thesis," said Elton. "I always insist that AIDS can be beaten, starting right now. We don't have to wait on a scientific breakthrough or a new miracle cure. We just need people—like the six brave men and women profiled in this film—to keep spreading compassion, and resilience, and stubborn insistence that all lives are of equal worth."

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    Elton John and band performed in Mainz on July 19, 2014
    Tuesday, July 22 2014

    Fan report by Mireille Herz.

    The concert took place at the very picturesque but somehow weird Nordmole in Mainz – picturesque because the venue is right next to the river Rhine, weird because they had just fenced in part of an abandoned industrial zone and set up the stage. So we had the water flowing to one side and a long-forgotten building site to the other.

    Bright Light Bright Light, the opening act, took the stage at about 7:15 pm and played for half an hour. The music was well-received even though spectators were just filing into the venue at the time. Singer Rod Thomas remarked that the people who had tied their boats close to the area and were floating on the Rhine had the best seats. That was certainly true. He expressed his gratitude that Elton had taken him along on this tour.

    The first bars of “Funeral” started at exactly 8:00 pm, and Elton came on stage shortly afterwards. He was wearing his blue ensemble with the large “EJ” embroidery on the back. Midway through “Bennie” he looked at a photographer with a huge zoom lens standing close to the stage and yelled “F*** off!” He stopped singing while the band played on, got up from his stool pointed at the man and yelled the F-word again. An assistant rushed to Elton from backstage. Apparently, the singer ordered the photographer to be sent away. Needless to say, second half of “Bennie” was sung quite aggressively. Elton excused the incident afterwards: “That guy was getting on my nerves.”

    Elton remarked that this was his first show in Germany after we had won the World Cup. He congratulated the team and said that the entire band had kept their fingers crossed for Germany. The Cup was well-deserved by the great German soccer team. Certainly, these sentences were greeted by huge cheers from the audience in the nearly sold-out venue.

    Towards the end of the show, Elton introduced the band members in traditional fashion, i.e. with joke names. I remember that Kim Bullard was “Floyd Pisspot” and Matt Bissonette “Mike Hunt” – pronounced by Elton to sound like “My C***”. Nigel Olson and Davey Johnstone were graciously called by their real names.

    After about 2:20 hrs the show ended and the overture of “The Lion King” was played.

    The set list was the same as in Kiel a week before. Following is the complete set list of the Mainz show on July 19, 2014:

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

    24. Circle of Life/Can You Feel the Love tonight (solo)
    25. Crocodile Rock

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    Elton: "I’m not retiring, it was a joke"
    Friday, July 18 2014

    Elton’s team has laughed off rumours he was about to retire from performing.

    Elton told fans at the Festival de Carcassone in France on Tuesday: “No more shows, no more music, no more songs.” He suggested he was going to spend the rest of his time with his family, which is comprised of civil partner David Furnish, and their two children, Zachary, aged 3, and 18-month-old Elijah.

    But on July 17, 2014, Elton’s spokesman dismissed talk of the singer’s imminent retirement from the world of pop. “He’s not retiring”, his spokesman told The Mirror. “Elton was only joking,” the rep added.

    Elton has twice said he wanted to retire – first in 1977 and again in 2010 when he said he was “too old to be a pop star”.

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