Wonderful Crazy Year - Elton Fan Survey
Sunday, May 22 2016
Round 16 - week 21/2016 - A Single Man.
With the release of "Wonderful Crazy Night" on February 5, 2016, we had kicked off our "Wonderful Crazy Year" during which we invite you to vote on all of Elton's recordings since the beginning of his career.
Now the next poll is open and awaiting your votes. Simply click on the banner above to start voting.
You can always check the results of the current and of previous polls. Please note, however, that this is currently limited to the first 100 votes. All votes past that are still being counted, they just don't show in the iterims result yet. When all votes are in for all the polls we have planned, we will present the full results taking into account all registered votes.
Until then, you can always get in touch with Antti Honkasalo from Finland (visit him on Facebook), who is the brain behind "Wonderful Crazy Year". He will be able to share more details about the current results of the polls with those interested.
Elton John says husband David Furnish is so unpopular he calls him "Yoko".
The couple married in 2014, exactly nine years after they tied the knot in a civil partnership ceremony. The singer said he planned to discuss gay rights with Russian president Vladimir Putin over a cup of tea, he told The Sun.
David recently took over the management of Sir Elton's business affairs and the pair have "changed some assistants". Alluding to the fraught relationship between John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono and his fellow Beatles bandmates, he said of David: "I call him Yoko now because a lot of people don't like what he's doing."
But Elton insisted that Furnish's decision-making was not unpopular with everyone and that record company Universal had never been happier. He said he planned to take up the offer to meet the real Putin after he was fooled by prank callers into thinking he was talking to the Russian president.
In the interview, Elton paid tribute to the couple's two sons and said they were behind his happiness. He also said that he loved England's sense of humour, preferring his home country to America. "I love it over there but there's not enough irony there and it's not England. This country is absolutely lethal!," he said.
"Hence I don't go on Twitter. Things you say in jest, when you look at them in print, oh my God."
Elton performed on the Graham Norton Show
Saturday, May 21 2016
Elton said on The Graham Norton Show that it won't be the last time his fans will be able to see him live.
"Not necessarily," he said. "I like playing and I'm a working musician, and I love to do it. If you're feeling fresh and energetic, do it while you can."
Elton added that he wants to retire at some point, though, to spend time with his sons. "I'm not going to do it forever, because I want to see my boys grow up," he commented. He recently teased that he'll be involved in the Kingsman sequel, which will star Taron Egarton and Mark Strong.
Elton confirms "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" casting
Thursday, May 19 2016
In April 2016 came the revelation that Elton was in talks for a role in the upcoming "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", and the man himself has taken to Instagram to confirm the casting with a new poster for the film.
Parodying the previous poster for the film, which itself teased the return of Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, the image reads “Wednesday night’s alright for fighting” but also featuring a pair of his trademark sunglasses. “It’s been a long time since Tommy…..” Elton wrote in his post, citing the last time he acted in a feature film. Check it out in the gallery below!
Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy with Mark Strong reprising the role of Merlin for the upcoming film. Halle Berry is appearing as the head of the CIA, Pedro Pascal as a character conveniently named “Jack Daniels,” with Channing Tatum, and Julianne Moore in talks to play the film’s central villain. Edward Holcroft is also set to appear in the film, though whether he will reprise as his character from the first is unclear.
Matthew Vaughn returns to write and direct Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which sees Eggsy heading to the United States where he’ll meet his match in a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy.”
20th Century Fox has set a June 16, 2017 release date for the sequel. The first film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, earned $414.4 million at the worldwide box office in 2015.
Elton op-ed on discriminatory North Carolina law
Thursday, May 19 2016
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is very pleased to share an article by Elton published in The Hill about North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law that, among other things, requires transgender public school students to use restrooms for the gender assigned on their birth certificate.
This stigma and discrimination aimed at transgender people are among the primary drivers of the AIDS epidemic. For instance, transgender women have tremendous difficulties finding employment and may resort to sex work in order to survive. Without health insurance, many cannot afford the medical care they need. Is it any wonder, then, that transgender women are 49 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population? North Carolina’s discriminatory bill only exacerbates these problems and creates no solutions for making all our lives better.
“The failure of Gov. McCrory and other lawmakers to see this is a failure of compassion, a failure to recognize the difficult and frequently unwelcoming world transgender people must navigate every day – stigmatized by the fear and ignorance of others,” said Elton. “Fighting that stigma with love and empathy is at core of what we do at the Elton John AIDS Foundation.”
Anastacia's lasting love for Elton
Tuesday, May 17 2016
Anastacia is totally in love with Elton. 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. on June 16, 2016 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."
The 47-year-old has never had kids herself, but doesn't regret her decision not to start a family. "I wonder what being a mom would have been like, but if it was meant to be, then it would have happened," she pondered. As well as successful pop career, Anastacia has had to deal with health scares in the past, including two bouts of breast cancer. She also suffers with chronic inflammatory condition Crohn's disease, but reveals she's happy with her life.
Elton and David bring their sons to cheer on Watford FC
Monday, May 16 2016
He's one of the most famous entertainers in the world, but that didn't stop Elton sacrifice going to the football - indeed he took his whole family along.
Elton, who prides himself on providing a regular upbringing for his children, looked like any ordinary family as they cheered on his beloved Watford FC - albeit from a box. He was joined by David and their sons Zachary, five, and Elijah, three, as Watford drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Vicarage Road on May 15, 2016.
Elton and David looked in deep discussion as they sat together in the stalls for the football clash. Elton was sharply dressed in a black suit and black tie as he held onto his trademark tinted spectacles. Meanwhile, David looked dapper in a blue shirt and matching pocket square in his navy suit. He finished off the look with a navy suit, and showed off his neatly cropped hair. The whole family showed their support for Watford FC by wearing the trademark yellow and red team scarves.
Their eldest son Zachary looked adorable with his brown hair cropped in a longer style with a neat fringe to frame his face and a dark suit. Meanwhile little Elijah with his head of blonde curls looked cuter than ever in a light blue shirt under his coat.
Despite being a mega-rich popstar, Elton has prided himself of raising his sons with David to know the value of money. In an interview with The Guardian in February 2016, Elton said: 'They get £3 pocket money, but £1 is for charity, £1 is for saving and £1 is for spending, they get three coins and put them in separate jars. And they have to work for it – help in the kitchen, help in the garden. They’ve got to learn the value of doing something and earning something for themselves.'
He also added how they live a very local life in Windsor and said: 'Saturdays when I’m home, we go to Pizza Hut with them, we go to Waterstones, we go to the cinema. I’ve never been a recluse, I’ve never hidden away. I’m on the school run.'
Elton attends George Martin's memorial service
Thursday, May 12 2016
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.
Paul delivered a eulogy praising George's impact on the Beatles music while James and British actor/comedians Alexander Armstrong and Bernard Cribbins performed at the memorial, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper. Stella posted a selfie on Instagram in which her veiled face is half-covered by the order of service booklet. She writes, "A heart warming service to celebrate a truly great man and his beautiful family."
Composer Howard Goodall wrote on Twitter, "Beautiful, loving tributes at George Martin celebration, particularly from his son Giles & 'other son' Macca. Privilege to be there." Following George's death, McCartney wrote a lengthy tribute on his personal website, which read, "I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me."
George is survived by his wife Judy Lockhart Smith and their children Lucy and Giles, plus children Alexis and Gregory from his first marriage to Sheena Chisholm.
Nashville promo ft. Elton John
Thursday, May 12 2016
Nashville 4x20 "It’s Sure Gonna Hurt" with guest star Elton John.
After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by “The View” to trumpet a worthy cause—before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symoné and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on “Nashville,” Wednesday, May 18th on ABC.
Elton supports Jeans for Refugees
Wednesday, May 11 2016
'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.
Participants from the film, art, fashion and music industries are contributing their jeans to the project, including Albert Hammond Junior, Alicia Vikander, Anna Wintour, Audrey Tatou, Bella Hadid, Benicio del Toro, Bryan Adams, Camille, Candice Swanepoel, Carl Cox, Carla Bruni, Cat Stevens, Catherine Deneuve, Chanel Iman, Charlotte Church, Christina Ricci, Christine Taylor, Claudia Schiffer, David Copperfield, Daniel Bruehl, Daniel Radcliffe, Dannii Minogue, Elle McPherson, Elton John, Emma Watson, Eva Herzigova, Fearne Cotton, Florence Welch, Harry Styles, Iris Berben, Isabelle Adjani, James Norton, Jamie Theakston, Jane Birkin, Jim Broadbent, Julio Iglesias, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, Lars von Trier, Lily Allen, Linda Evangelista, Macy Gray, Marianne Faithful, Melanie C, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Hoult, Nina Hagen, Ozzy Osbourne, Peaches, Pedro Almodovar, P!nk, Roger Waters, Ryan Gosling, Sadie Frost, Selah Sue, Sharon Osbourne, Sharon Stone, Sofia Coppola, Tinie Tempah, Tom Waits, Toni Garrn, Tuppence Middleton, Twiggy, Usher, Victoria Beckham Vivienne Westwood, Woody Allen and many more.