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Kiss the Fright
Saturday, December 3 2016

Elton John jokes he will ask to kiss Russian President Putin when they finally meet.

Elton has been trying to have a sit-down with Vladimir Putin for a very long time now. The singer and LGBT activist first pleaded for a diplomatic conversation with the Russian president in 2015 over the country’s poor gay rights record.

However, while diary clashes and prank calls prevented that from happening, Elton says he is still vying for the meeting and has joked what he might say when it actually happens. “I’m very hopeful it will happen but he is a busier man than I am,” Elton told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

“What are you going to say to him?” Derbyshire asked.

“Give us a kiss,” r Elton replied before bursting out laughing.

Watch the video here.

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    Elton John: AIDS Stigma "our biggest obstacle'
    Saturday, December 3 2016

    "You don't know how much the progress that's been made is going to be reversed, so that is a scary thing," Elton warns. "We live in scary times."

    Elton John and husband David Furnish spoke on December 1, 2016 – World AIDS Day – about their efforts to encourage HIV testing and the role HIV stigma and homophobia plays in fighting the disease. “It's our biggest obstacle, to be honest with you," Elton told the BBC.

    Elton's comments regarding stigma came after Northern Ireland politician Sammy Wilson stated that the U.K. government spends too much money on AIDS research, while politician Trevor Clarke questioned whether heterosexuals could even get AIDS. "What planet are you on?" Elton wondered.

    "We just got to get people tested," Elton said. "We've implemented a program at King's College Hospital in London where people can go into the hospital and just have a blood test, and they can have an HIV test at the same time. And most people who are doing it are willing to have that. Otherwise, they wouldn't have an HIV test."

    Elton encouraged the U.K. government to support this new program from the Elton John Foundation as it would save them "millions and millions and millions of pounds every year." "If people have these tests, they'll be diagnosed, they'll be put on treatment, they won't spread the disease, and we'll know where we stand with the population," Elton said.

    Elton and David also spoke about the role homophobia plays in fostering the spread of the disease. "Driving people underground is the worst thing you can do with this disease. Leaving people behind whether they're homosexual, intravenous drug users, prisoners or transgender is the wrong thing to do because the disease will never get cured," Elton said. "We have to embrace everybody."

    Elton later expressed concern about what role President-elect Donald Trump would have on AIDS research and treatment, but declined to pass judgment before Trump took office. "You don't know how much the progress that's been made is going to be reversed, so that is a scary thing," Elton said. "We live in scary times."

    "We've come so far, the end is in sight. If the governments of the world take their foot off the accelerator and stop funding, then we will never beat this disease," Elton warned. "It will just balloon again and become another catastrophe. It is a catastrophe; it will get worse like it was 20 years ago. So we need governments to keep their mandates about AIDS."

    In response to the Irish politicians' aforementioned comments, British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement where she called HIV stigma "an unacceptable stain on our society. But for all the progress in treatment and prevention, public attitudes have not progressed as far or as fast," May said. "The latest UK HIV Stigma Index found that almost 1 in 5 respondents living with HIV in the UK have had suicidal thoughts in the past 12 months. While around half reported feelings such as shame, guilt and low self-esteem in relation to their HIV status. This stigma is an unacceptable stain on our society and we have to wipe it out. Stigma is not just profoundly wrong. It also prevents many of those affected from accessing the testing, treatment and support that they need."

    Watch Elton discuss the AIDS stigma.

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    Wonderful Crazy Year - Elton Fan Survey
    Sunday, November 27 2016

    Round 43 - week 48/2016 - Good Morning To The Night

    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.




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    Elton John and band performed in Munich on November 25, 2016
    Saturday, November 26 2016

    Following is the complete set list of the Munich show on Novemember 25, 2016.

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
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    5. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
    6. Daniel
    7. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
    8. Looking Up
    9. A Good Heart
    10. Philadelphia Freedom
    11. Rocket Man
    12. Tiny Dancer
    13. Levon
    14. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    15. Have Mercy On The Criminal
    16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    17. Your Song
    18. Burn Down The Mission
    19. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    20. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    21. All The Girls Love Alice
    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. Candle In The Wind
    26. Crocodile Rock

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    Elton John and band performed in Amsterdam on November 22, 2016
    Friday, November 25 2016

    Following is the complete set list of the Amsterdam show on Novemember 22, 2016.

    1. Funeral For A Friend
    2. Love Lies Bleeding
    3. The Bitch Is Back
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    5. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
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    16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    17. Your Song
    18. Burn Down The Mission
    19. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    20. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    21. All The Girls Love Alice
    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. Candle In The Wind
    26. Crocodile Rock

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    Elton denies he'll play pre-inauguration concert for Trump
    Thursday, November 24 2016

    Donald Trump announced to America that he will be hiring legendary musician Sir Elton John to play at his inauguration this January, in a shameless attempt to pander to the LGBTQ community.

    “Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for inauguration, which shows our commitment to gay rights. This will be the first American president in US history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance!” said Trump transition team executive Anthony Scaramucci, somehow without a hint of irony. Donald Trump’s potential administration is already shaping up to be one of the most virulently anti-gay administrations in recent history.

    Donald Trump himself has always been against same-sex marriage and has said he would appoint judges who would overturn the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in the United States. Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence, is an anti-LGBT religious extremist who tried to divert federal HIV/AIDS funds to pseudoscientific “gay conversion therapy” and signed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in the state of Indiana. Trump’s choice for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has the disgraceful distinction of being both an unrepentant racist and an outspoken anti-LGBT bigot.

    So it is absolutely laughable that Trump is trying to paint himself as “committed to gay rights.” Elton John, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, must feel the same way, as his spokeswoman told CNN unequivocally that “he will NOT be performing at Trump’s Inauguration!”

    Elton’s music was featured prominently at many of Trump’s rallies, (Trump is apparently a huge “Tiny Dancer” fan) which Elton spoke out against earlier this year: “I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign. I’m British. I’ve met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me, it’s nothing personal, his political views are his own, mine are very different, I’m not a Republican in a million years. Why not ask Ted f*cking Nugent? Or one of those f*cking country stars? They’ll do it for you.”

    We’re sure those words still apply now.

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    Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s
    Tuesday, November 22 2016

    A new Elton book will be released on March 21, 2017. You can pre-order it today.

    In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame with a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Over the next five years, the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight went from unheard of to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive #1 albums and sixteen top-ten singles in America. By the middle of the decade, he was solely responsible for 2 percent of global record sales. One in fifty albums sold in the world bore his name. Elton John’s live shows became raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by all the glitterati of the era.

    But beneath the spangled bodysuits and oversized eyeglasses, Elton was a desperately shy man, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the height of his fame, he attempted suicide. After coming out as bisexual in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that nearly wrecked his career and announcing his retirement from live performance in 1977 at the age of thirty, he gradually found his way back to the thing he cared about most: the music.

    "Captain Fantastic" gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise, fall, and return to glory of one of the world’s most mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle’s insider account of the Rocket Man’s turbulent ascent is based on a series of one-on-one interviews in which Elton laid bare many previously unrevealed details of his early career. Here is an intimate exploration of Elton’s working relationship with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics often chronicled the ups and downs of their life together in the spotlight. Through these pages pass a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton’s during the decade—including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Elvis Presley, and an acid-damaged Brian Wilson.

    A fascinating portrait of the artist at the apex of his celebrity, Captain Fantastic takes us on a rollicking fame-and-drug-fueled ride aboard Elton John’s rocketship to superstardom.

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