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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.

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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    Elton announces retirement at France show
    Wednesday, July 16 2014

    Is he really up for that or is he just ready for a holiday after a long stretch of live performances?

    At the show in Carcassonne, France, on July 15, 2014 Elton announced the end of his career: "I have nine more shows and then I stop. No more shows, no more music, no more albums, nothing. I just want to spend time with my children".

    He very calmly repeated that statement three more times during the show, leaving fans worried. He ended the concert with "I enjoyed the show but I know I have to go ...".

    The long-term fans are aware that Elton has pulled off many stunts like that since 1976. Chances are that he will take it all back at the show on Lyon, France on July 16, 2014.

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    Elton John and band performed in Kiel on July 12, 2014
    Tuesday, July 15 2014

    Fan report and photos by Heiko Ehlers.

    This was the first concert of Elton during the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival ever and the second one (since 2002) in Kiel, a city in the very north of Germany. Elton came to town by private helicopter, driving to the venue by vip shuttle. Local stuff told me he slept about two hours before the concert in his fine decorated colonial-style wardrobe. There was no sound check.

    Elton entered the dark stage to "Funeral For A Friend" at 8:00 pm. He was wearing his blue 'Madman Across The Water' suit with blue-framed glasses. Due to the private atmosphere and smaller venue (6,000 people; flat stage design) he seemed to be in a very good mood, playing many, many improvisations before songs like "Rocket Man," often with a deep classical touch. Kim Bullard had technical problems with his keyboard for a while and paused playing in the beginning, wainting for his keyboard technician fixing the sound rack on stage. This was honoured by Elton during the band introduction later on...

    On the night before the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, Elton dedicated "Don´t let the sun go down on me" to the German football team wishing them all the best ("I hope you will slaughter them...").

    Elton enjoyed the really good mood in the excited audience and signed autographs for a long time. In the very end, he was given a bouqet of white roses onstage by the festival-chief which Elton then gave to a female fan standing in the first row.

    Following is the complete set list of the Kiel show on July 12, 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 (solo)
    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 Fan Convention in Munich?
    Tuesday, July 15 2014

    We would like to identify your desire for a potential Elton Fan Convention in Munich on 28 Nov 2014.

    The date and location is conveniently embedded in Elton's "South Germany Tour", which will have him perform in Munich on 27 Nov (Thu), Nuernberg on 29 Nov (Sat) and Stuttgart on 30 Nov (Sun).

    Please let us know via Doodle poll which shows you plan to attend and whether you would be interested in also participating in a fan convention, for which details will have to be elaborated once we have reached critical mass. The poll will close on July 31, 2014.

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    Remembering Bob Birch
    Monday, July 14 2014

    On July 14, 2014 Bob Birch would have celebrated his 58th birthday.

    However, as we are all painfully aware, Bob died August 15, 2012 of an apparent suicide at his home in Los Angeles. Bob had been a member of the Elton John band since 1992, the longest-serving bassist in Elton's touring band.

    Birch is survived by his wife Michele and their son, Jonathan. It is still hard to believe that has gone forever and we are thinking of Bob's family at this very difficult time.

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    Back to Black
    Saturday, July 12 2014

    The Very Best Of Elton John - Back on Vinyl for a limited period.

    We're very excited to announce a limited vinyl repress of one of the most iconic 'Best Of' collections of all time. Originally released in 1990 'The Very Best Of Elton John' takes a breathtaking vinyl journey across the decades, from 'Your Song' to 'Sacrifice' via 'Rocket Man', 'I'm Still Standing', 'Bennie & The Jets', 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', 'I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues' and many more.

    Now repressed on to 2LP, 180gm heavy-duty vinyl with reproduction gatefold sleeve and inner sleeves with full lyrics, the album also comes with a voucher to download an MP3 version of the entire collection. Limited while stocks last.

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