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Billy Joel celebrates record 65th Madison Square Garden show
Thursday, July 2 2015

"The King of Queens" star Kevin James presided over the banner-raising ceremony to mark the occasion, as Joel passed Elton John as the artist who has headlined the arena the most times.

"We love you Billy," said James, a Stony Brook native. "Let's have another 65!"

Joel became the first person to have two banners hang in the Garden's historic rafters, which display tributes to the arena's heroes, including the Knicks' Walt Frazier and the Rangers' Mark Messier. Joel's other banner marks the most consecutive performances at the arena, a record that currently stands at 19.

Joel, 66, referenced his MSG debut on Dec. 14, 1978, by playing "Honesty," a ballad he rarely sings because it makes him "feel like a hypocrite." He dedicated Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" to the English singer he shared the stage with on several "Face2Face" tours. Both of the Hicksville native's banners will change monthly, as he continues to break records with his open-ended residency at the Garden.

As he was preparing for the show, Joel said he wasn't all that excited about the record, but he was intent on making the show special for fans. To commemorate the night, fans received replica blue banners, which they waved during the show. But the real take-away was Joel's performance of parts of his catalog that he seldom plays, like the new-wave rocker "Sometimes a Fantasy" that ended with a blistering guitar solo from Tommy Byrnes, a harmony-filled, upbeat version of "The Longest Time" and a wild version of "New York, New York."

Industry experts say Joel's record is unlikely to ever be challenged, as both music fans' attention spans and musicians' careers grow shorter. And even Joel marveled at the feat, recalling his first trip to the Garden when he was 6 years old. "I didn't think I would even come here 65 times," he said. "I really appreciate it that you still pay to come see us."

His next milestone will be next month, when he plays the final show at Nassau Coliseum before it is closed for renovations.

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"I'll sing a Sir Elton John song if we stay up"
Wednesday, July 1 2015

Watford boss Quique Flores claims he will belt out an Elton hit if he keeps Watford in the Premier League.

The Hornets new boss is a big fan of the club's most famous fan and comes from a family of singers back in his native Spain. The 50-year-old, who was unveiled on June 30, 2015, said: "I love him. When I was 25, I listened to him in the discoteque. And the last version with of 'Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word' with Ray Charles, I loved it. When I worked in Dubai I discovered this and thought it was amazing. 'Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word' is one of the most emotional songs ever written."

"All my family are singers: cousins, nephews, mother. All of them. But I can't sing! Will I sing an Elton song if Watford stay up? Yeah, maybe. If he invited me for sure!"

And he is aiming high, believing that Watford can make Europe again one day. Flores, who led Atletico to 2010 Europa League glory, believes the Premier League new boys can do a Villarreal and compete with Europe's elite. "We don't want to just stay in the Premier League," he added. "We have to look at something solid and the next year to improve a bit more. Villarreal a long time ago was a really a little small club. But after 10-15 years they are now one of the best clubs in Spain."

Flores is Watford's fifth boss in a year. But he said: "The owner Giampaolo Pozzo is a good person and he knows how to explain the project. It was not a difficult decision.

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Elton John reflects on SCOTUS ruling
Monday, June 29 2015

Oscar, Tony and Grammy-winning singer Elton John serves as a guest columnist for Variety. The 'Billy Elliot' composer, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, reflects on the Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage.

Read the column in below, courtesy of Variety:

This past December, I married the love of my life, David Furnish. In a world where nearly 3 billion people live in countries that outlaw homosexuality, and where gay marriage is legal in only 21 nations, David and I know how lucky we are to love one another openly, proudly and legally.

But for the millions of gay people hoping, praying and fighting to one day have the opportunity to wed, their struggle is about more than the right to marry - it's about equality. The goal of the gay-rights movement is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street - with dignity, with pride, and without fear of harassment or discrimination.

Sadly, discrimination is a terrible fact of life for the vast majority of gay people, and many don't realize how deadly that discrimination can be. In the 23 years since I founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, I've seen again and again how the fight against HIV/AIDS is deeply and profoundly tied to discrimination and injustice.

Communities that are stigmatized and discriminated against are always - always - the most vulnerable to the AIDS epidemic. They are disproportionately impacted for the simple reason that discrimination prevents them from having equal access to healthcare and critical social services. That's why, today, one in two gay black men in the United States will have HIV by the time they are 35. It's why transgender women in America are 34 times more likely than non-transgender individuals to be HIV-positive.

The link between discrimination and HIV is clear. To fight AIDS, therefore, we must fight injustice. We must work together to address the inequality at the heart of many social challenges, from poverty to drugs, and from illiteracy to incarceration. It's easy to think of each of these issues in isolation, but in truth they share the same root cause.

And that's why the fight for marriage equality is so very important. It isn't just about marriage. And it isn't just about the gay community. It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to have the same rights and protections under the law. It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to be treated with compassion and dignity. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

The entertainment industry has a critical role to play in bringing about a more just and equal world. Music and film connect people of all races, sexual orientations, nationalities and religions. Art can give voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless. Our industry has inspired and must continue to inspire social change through brilliant films like "Selma," "Milk" and "Dallas Buyers Club."

I am so proud of the role that my fellow performers and musicians, as well as caring businesspeople in our industry, have played in advocating for gay rights and marriage equality. But gay marriage is one fight in the long struggle against discrimination and inequality that we must - and will - carry on.

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Toronto Pride Parade sees politicians, celebrities unite despite downpours
Monday, June 29 2015

Cold temperatures and a constant drizzle didn't seem to dampen spirits at Toronto's 35th annual Pride parade, which brought together a diverse group of celebrities, politicians and people from all walks of life.

Huge crowds lined Toronto's Yonge Street to watch the parade which was themed "Come out and Play," waving flags, dressing up in outrageous costumes and proudly displaying their pride in what has traditionally been the largest event of its kind in the country. Water fights were noticeably absent at this year's event as light showers drenched crowds throughout the day.

Elton's husband David , an east-end Toronto native and filmmaker, was the grand marshal of the festivities. "It's a real honour to be asked and to come back to my home city where I grew up and to see so much change, so much positive change, and to see the whole city turning out to support people on this iconic week and particularly in light of the big decision that happened in America on Friday," he said, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a right across the United States. "It just feels very meaningful to be here right now."

David, 52, said things have changed since his days growing up in the city, adding that he is "overwhelmed by how it's changed. If you were gay in your 20s and 30s in Toronto when I was growing up it was very much being part of a ghetto, part of a fringe society.," he said. "You're excluded, you're on the outskirts, there was no integration and when you see the way the entire city of Toronto now embraces everybody collectively it's an amazing and powerful thing."

David said Canada had a "huge impact" on the world by introducing the Civil Marriage Act, which passed exactly 10 years ago to the day, but said while the progress being made toward LGBTQ acceptance is encouraging, it was like "tipping dominos" one at a time. "We have to keep tipping them over until we have the entire world free of homophobia and we have LGBTQ people decriminalized everywhere and we can't stop until we're finished," he said. "So it's important to be here to celebrate the landmark of how far we've come but also to pay it forward and help all the people that need our support."

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    Elton shouts at concert security again
    Monday, June 29 2015

    Elton John performed in Leipzig on June 28, 2015, playing most of his famous songs to an amazed and excited audience, revealing he'll retire soon and cursing off and ordering away security guards who tried to prevent people from getting right up against the stage.

    This video shows these highlights in 10 minutes, with the "get out!" and "soon-to-be-retired" announcement being shown close to the beginning.



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    Elton John and band performed in Leipzig on June 28, 2015
    Sunday, June 28 2015

    Following is the complete set list of the Leipzig show on June 28, 2015.

    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. Your Song
    16. Burn Down the Mission
    17. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    18. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
    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. Crocodile Rock

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    Dr. Dre, Elton John plan Beats 1 radio shows for Apple Music
    Friday, June 26 2015

    When Beats 1 Radio launches June 30, 2015 as part of Apple Music, it will feature programs by artists including Dr. Dre and Elton John.

    The former artist's show will be called "The Pharmacy," while the latter will host "Elton John's Rocket Hour," according to The New York Times. Other artists and celebrities who will have their own one- and two-hour radio shows include Pharrell Williams, Drake, St. Vincent, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Disclosure and Jaden Smith.

    BBC DJ Zane Lowe will lead the charge alongside Ebro Darden, of New York's Hot 97, and London-based Julie Adenuga. "Zane is a genuine enthusiast; this is not a fake thing," Elton told the paper. "He's a fan, and he's a fan who's got the opportunity to make his position in the world work for other people. He genuinely loves music, and that's my kind of guy."

    The paper reports that the idea for Beats 1 Radio came from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who was previously Beats' chief creative officer and continues to serve as a designer at Apple Music. After growing disillusioned with the way that digital music had made it so "everything gets so nichey" when it comes to playlists, hearing the way Lowe conducted himself on the BBC inspired the singer to question radio's role in music discovery. "I wondered if in today's world there is still a place for monoculture," Reznor told the Times. "Can that still exist?"

    New York reports that the singer had been flying to Apple HQ in Cupertino to work with Beats 1's designers and developers since the tech giant had acquired Beats Music. Beats 1 will launch as a component of Apple Music in the program's app along with the social-media platform Connect June 30, 2015.

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    Celebrating Pride and Fighting for a World Free of AIDS
    Friday, June 26 2015

    David Furnish will have the honor of serving as the Grand Marshal for the Pride Toronto Parade on June 28, 2015.

    "As a Toronto native, I am very excited to go home, and lead the parade for the largest Pride celebration in North America. This is an amazing opportunity for the LGBTQ community to stand up for our rights, celebrate our achievements, and remember those who sacrificed so much in the struggle for equality", David wrote in an EJAF newsletter.

    In honor of Pride month, David is asking to make a helpful contribution in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and our life-saving work.

    David continued: "Because even as we celebrate, we cannot be complacent. We must never forget that we are also marching together against a disease that threatens our lives, our families, and our communities. There are still 81 countries around the world that outlaw homosexuality. These are unjust laws that create a culture of fear and prevent people from taking HIV tests, revealing their status, or picking up their medications. Ultimately, these laws exacerbate the spread of HIV/AIDS."

    "Together, we can take a stand against such discrimination. At Pride Toronto, we will be marching for a more just and compassionate world, for a world free of AIDS."

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    Elton John and band performed in Vejle on June 23, 2015
    Thursday, June 25 2015

    Following is the complete set list of the Vejle show on June 23, 2015.

    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. Your Song
    16. Burn Down the Mission
    17. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    18. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
    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. Crocodile Rock

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    The next Chic album might have an Elton John/Janelle Monae duet
    Tuesday, June 23 2015

    As Nile Rodgers explains, the story actually begins before Monae was born.

    Nile Rodgers has a very “one world” view of music. Genre and generational borders clearly mean little to him. Besides being one of the members of disco behemoth Chic, Rodgers is one of the most successful producer/guitarists of the past few decades, having worked with Sister Sledge, David Bowie, INXS, Madonna, Duran Duran, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the B-52s, Adam Lambert, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Daft Punk, to name just a few.

    The guy likes to bring people together: and on one song he’s been working on, he’s combining the vocal talents of Elton John and Janelle Monae. “The song is the story of a woman’s life [in] four stages,” Rodgers tells Radio.com. “It’s beautiful, it’s a tear-jerker.”

    While the recording is new, the song itself is something Rodgers has been working for three decades, and its original inspiration was someone else entirely: Diana Ross.
    The story begins, as these things do, at Julio Iglesias concert.

    “Years ago, I went with Diana Ross to Radio City Music Hall to see Julio Iglesias,” Rodgers explains. “And she says to me, ‘Nile, whatever you do, make sure this guy doesn’t get me up on stage.’ I said, ‘Hey, D, it’s cool, no problem! I’ll hold your hand, and when he introduces you, you can just stand and wave and stay with me.’ I didn’t really know his songs, except ‘To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before,’ but he’s got a very strong accent. So, right in the middle of his show, he stops the show and says [feigns Iglesias’s accent], ‘Ladies and gentlemen, my quin.‘ And I’m thinking [he’s saying the title of the Bob Dylan song] ‘The Mighty Quinn.’ And I’m like, ”The Mighty Quinn?’ Julio Iglesias is hipper than I thought!’ He was actually saying ‘my queen,’ referring to Diana. So, Diana stands up, and I’m getting ready to grab her hand, and all of the sudden, she’s running up on stage [laughs]. I’m like, ‘Whatever happened to that plan?'”

    This event, however, set Rodgers’ mind in motion. “I’ve always thought of Diana Ross as rock and roll royalty. So, after that, I went home and wrote this song called ‘Queen.’ I didn’t write it about Diana Ross, I wrote it because of Diana Ross. And because of Julio Iglesias. Had he not said that, I would never have thought of the song. I wrote it in the style of Thom Bell and the Stylistics, I even used that choral electric sitar that they used. I wanted her to sing it, years and years and years ago. It’s really old.”

    True: The Iglesias concert he is referring to likely happened at Radio City Music Hall in 1984, based on a New York Times review. “I know Diana very, very, very well. She’s been a friend since we did [1980’s diana]. But sometimes, I think, she gets a negative rap. Like, they call her ‘diva.’ And in her world, she thinks that it’s a bad term. And I’m like, ‘No you are a diva, it’s cool.’ But I think that for her to sing a song called ‘Queen,’ felt a little bit over the top.”

    While its inception is decades old, the song idea resurfaced again very recently, Rodgers says. “Two months ago, we went out to lunch in Los Angeles, and I begged [Ross to sing it]. I got her son on the phone, and I said, ‘Evan, tell your mom: this is the joint!’ She just wouldn’t do it. “I’d spoken with Elton John, and he wanted to do it with her. The song is the story of a woman’s life. It’s four stages of her life. As a girl, her daddy calls her ‘Queen,’ but he deserts her. As a teenager, she has a boyfriend who calls her ‘Queen,’ but he just gets her drunk and doesn’t treat her well. Then she gets married, but her husband divorces her for a younger woman. But then, as she looks in the mirror, she calls herself ‘Queen.’ It’s beautiful, it’s a tear-jerker.
    “There was this great dance group in the ’90s called the Family Stand. I used to love the way they did vocals, because they had a girl and a guy, and they would sing the same melody but in different octaves. So I had Janelle Monae and Elton John sing everything together, exactly the same, but in different octaves. Killer, killer performance. It’s hard for me to even listen to the song now, it makes me cry.”

    The song will likely be on the next Chic album, which does not have a release date yet. Monae, but not Sir Elton, will perform at Rodgers’ upcoming Freak Out Let’s Dance festival in Riverhead, New York on August 4 and 5, 2015.

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    Elton’s bridesmaid selling marriage dress on eBay
    Monday, June 22 2015

    It stood at the altar alongside a pop superstar on his wedding day and now it could be yours to own.

    The dress, worn by one of Elton’s three bridesmaids at his 1984 wedding to Renate Blauel in Sydney, is up for auction online. The magenta gown, handmade from silk in a classic 80s style, was worn only once by the bridesmaid — now an older Sydney woman — who remains close friends with Elton.

    After its only night out for a grand reception at the old Sebel Towers, the dress was retired and has spent the last 31 years sealed in plastic, carefully stored away in the sole wearer’s wardrobe.

    The union, which was widely believed to be a cover for his homosexuality, lasted several years before the pair parted ways in 1988. Recently, the dress was passed to Harley Medcalf with instructions to sell the item on eBay and to have all proceeds donated to the McGrath Foundation.

    Medcalf, from entertainment company Duet Group who promoted Elton’s tours during that time and organised the wedding, said a piece of history was up for sale. “I know the lady, we went to the wedding together and it was probably the party of the year,” he said. “It would be worth a lot to someone, it’s certainly a valuable piece of memorabilia. It’s a size ten to twelve kept in very good condition and Glen’s foundation is a wonderful charity so we’re happy it’s going to a good cause.”

    Asked what Elton would think of the sale, Medcalf said: “I think he would have a good laugh.” Shortly after his marriage to Blauel ended, Elton revealed to the media that he was comfortable with being gay. Following the legalisation of gay marriage in England in 2014, John wed his long-term partner David Furnish in December.

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    Elton John and band performed in Aberdeen on June 20, 2015
    Monday, June 22 2015

    Following is the complete set list of the Aberdeen show on June 20, 2015.

    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. Your Song
    16. Burn Down The Mission
    17. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    18. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    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. Crocodile Rock

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    What do we know about ... The Final Curtain tour?
    Sunday, June 21 2015

    With speculation rife about "The Final Curtain" tour (due to launch in Sioux Falls in autumn 2015 before Elton's next run of "The Million Dollar Piano" shows at Caesar's Palace), eltonfan.net has pulled together the facts, gossip and inside information on what fans can expect over the coming months (and years) ...

    1. "The Final Curtain" tour was first announced in April 2015, with Sioux Falls the first declared date. The press statement issued at the time read: "After more than 4,000 concerts and a career spanning over fifty years, Elton is now slowly bringing the curtain down. 'The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring,' said Elton. 'I am all too aware of how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly, their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them. So this final Sioux Falls concert will give me one last chance to say farewell to my fans here who have been so faithful over the decades.'
    2. Although "The Final Curtain" tour will (ultimately) culminate in the end of Elton's live touring, that is not imminent. The tour is envisaged as a five-year process, with Elton gradually "winding down" and saying "goodbye" to some of the smaller venues he has visited during his career. His literal final curtain could be as far away as 2020.
    3. The tour is expected to feature an extensive range of tracks from Elton's back catalogue - including (to the delight of some) the "deeper cuts" that long-time fans have been hoping for. Currently, the setlist and content for these shows is under review and "will change" as the tour progresses. Some fans have been told to "expect lots of interesting stuff as The Final Curtain goes on the road..."
    4. Don't expect these "deeper cuts" to appear straight away. Whilst extensive setlist changes are planned, the first leg of the Tour will remain focused on the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" material, with perhaps some nice surprises thrown in!
    5. Tracks currently under consideration for inclusion on "The Final Curtain" tour include: "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun", "Where to Now, St. Peter?", "High Flying Bird", as many as five songs from the album "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy", personal favourites of Elton himself such as "Come Down in Time", "Original Sin" and "Amoreena", and (perhaps most interestingly of all) the title track from his very first album, "Empty Sky"!
    6. Naturally, when the new album is released in 2016, songs from the new release will make their live debuts. All of the songs recorded across the three studio sessions have been rehearsed in readiness to be played live on stage, but no firm plans have been made yet as to how many of these will be staples of the tour set.
    7. Ray Cooper will join the band back on the road for the tour.
    8. There are tentative plans in place for Elton's 70th birthday in 2017. Fans can expect a concert which is designed to "out do" his 60th celebrations in Madison Square Gardens, both in terms of spectacle and setlist.
    9. Additional venues planned for "The Final Curtain" tour include London's Wembley Arena and The Roundhouse, New York's Madison Square Garden, Sydney's Entertainment Centre, and Elton's beloved Vicarage Road, the home of Watford FC!
    As with all of these things, plans are subject to change and it should be remembered that all of the above comprises a mixture of fact and rumour. How these things play out remains to be seen ...

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    Nigel and Davey talk about the consistency of the band
    Sunday, June 21 2015

    Nigel Olsson has been playing with Elton John since 1970 and has no intention of ending that partnership.

    Now 66, Nigel has provided the Rocket Man’s propulsive back-beat in more than 2,500 shows. While many bands from the seventies have disintegrated, the Elton John set-up has endured, despite suffering painful tragedies, such as the death of long term bassist Bob Birch in 2012. And Nigel believes that is due to an unbreakable friendship within the band.

    Speaking to the Evening Express during Elton’s American tour, he said: “After all these years it is fantastic that we are still going strong. I don’t foresee us quitting any time soon because we still love it so much. The key is also a strong friendship because we are all so close and on the same wavelength. Unfortunately we have lost some of our family in the last few years which is devastating. They will always be in our heart which is the way it is with family.”

    Another long term member of that extended ‘family’ is Edinburgh born guitarist Davey Johnstone. Now 64, DAvey first played with Elton in 1971 on the album "Madman Across The Water". He insisted the faith shown in the band by Elton has kept them going through tragedy and excess.

    He said: “Tragically we have lost a couple of guys who were brilliant people and players. Guy (Babylon, keyboard player) died of a heart attack at just 55 a few years ago which was so tragic. A couple of years later we also lost Bob Birch. We have been through a lot of tragedy but you can’t just cry and stop. You have to pick yourselves up and carry on. Elton is such a strong person. He has always given me a lot of encouragement and faith as to how this can keep carrying on.”

    Nigel said: “I have wanted to be in music since I was five years old so my dream has come true. We now have young kids at shows singing words to songs that were written long before they were born. That is a joy to see. Having the chance to make people happy, to put a smile on their faces at shows, makes my life worthwhile. I am blessed to be able to play these songs and have played more than 2,500 concerts with Sir Elton.”

    Davey said: “We go into every concert determined to make sure the crowd are going nuts by the end of the night.”

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    What do we know about ... Elton's new album?
    Sunday, June 21 2015

    Rumours abound over Elton's new album, first announced in February 2015. Eltonfan.net has pulled together the facts, gossip and inside information on what fans can expect over the coming months (and years) ...

    1. Elton's as-yet-untitled new studio album was first announced by guitarist Davey Johnstone on his blog in February 2015 and later confirmed by a report on eltonjohn.com. It will be the first studio record to feature the Elton John band since 2006's "The Captain and the Kid" and is once more produced by T-Bone Burnett.
    2. Two recording sessions took place to prepare the tracks on the album, the second included legendary percussionist Ray Cooper.
    3. It is believed that as many as 15 tracks could have been recorded across the two sessions.
    4. The album's planned release date was September 2015. Initially, Elton planned not to debut any of the songs during his live tour until closer to release. Those plans were subsequently revised when consideration was given to road testing some of the tracks on the UK tour this summer. Rehearsals to that effect took place. When the album's release date was pushed back, the plans were changed again with the current "greatest hits" setlist being retained and the new tracks being (temporarily) shelved.
    5. Speaking of which (in case you haven't heard), the album has been pushed back to 2016. Rumours suggest that we are looking at a February/March release date, but nothing has yet been officially confirmed.
    6. A single from the album is tentatively planned for release around the end of the year.
    7. It is strongly believed that the record company are very excited about the new album. The tracks are understood to be extremely powerful, and careful consideration is being given over how the record can be properly promoted to ensure it reaches its widest possible audience. It is being hailed as throwback to Elton's glory days and one which will satisfy long-time Elton fans, as well as casual music buyers. Guitarist Davey Johnstone has praised the record as a "monster" of an album. Expect significant publicity and promotion.
    8. Following the announcement of the postponed release, Elton and the band returned to the studio to record four additional songs.
    9. The current plan is to release an album containing 12 to 14 tracks, with the possibility of Deluxe and Special Editions containing bonus tracks.
    As with all of these things, plans are subject to change and it should be remembered that all of the above comprises a mixture of fact and rumour. How these things play out remains to be seen ...

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    Elton John and band performed in Glasgow on June 19, 2015
    Saturday, June 20 2015

    Following is the complete set list of the Glasgow show on June 19, 2015.

    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. Your Song
    16. Burn Down The Mission
    17. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    18. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    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. Crocodile Rock
    Note: “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” was schedule to be played between “Sad Songs” and “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”, even appearing on the printed set lists given to the band and the crew, but was omitted during the show.

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    Bernie Taupin at Songwriters Hall of Fame awards
    Saturday, June 20 2015

    Songwriters Hall of Fame awards for Irish singer Van Morrison, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper and blues legend Willie Dixon.

    Van Morrison was awarded the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 46th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York on June 18, 2015. In a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, Michael Bublé sang an upbeat version of Morrison's Moondance, and they sang a duet on Real Real Gone.

    Carly Rae Jepsen sang Cyndi Lauper's memorable ballad "Time After Time" in tribute to the 61-year-old New Yorker, who was among the musicians inducted into the Hall of Fame. "I still can't believe I make a living making music," Lauper said.

    Other new inductees included country music stars Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock, Linda Perry, the late Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon, the Grateful Dead songwriting team of Robert Hunter and the late Jerry Garcia.

    Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner, called Dixon, who wrote classics such as "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "the Shakespeare of the blues". Taupin noted that many bands in England in the Sixties started out by playing "Little Red Rooster" and other Dixon standards. Taupin credited Dixon with providing the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton with great material and giving them "the wings to fly".

    Lady Gaga was presented with a Contemporary Icon Award by her 88-year-old singing partner Tony Bennett.

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    Elton John and band performed in Cornwall on June 17, 2015
    Friday, June 19 2015

    Following is the complete set list of the Cornwall show on June 17, 2015.

    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. Your Song
    16. Burn Down The Mission
    17. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    18. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    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. Crocodile Rock

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    Deer John
    Friday, June 19 2015

    It is reported a deer has died after being accidentally spooked by Elton's helicopter arriving in Cornwall.

    The Sun says the creature ran into a road and was hit by a car after being scared by the noise. Elton was flying into the Eden Project for the first of his two gigs on June 16, 2015.

    A source told the paper: "It was just a freak accident. The pilot couldn't have known there was a deer there. It was clipped by the car, bounced into the air and then lay there dead. I don't know if Elton was told. It's not his fault, just very unlucky."

    Six thousand people turned out to watch the star at each of his two nights in Cornwall.

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