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 Music Legend Elton John
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The Oprah Winfrey Show | April 16, 2010

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After 40 years in the music industry, living legend Sir Elton John is still standing—and taller than ever. He's sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, won five Grammys®, earned a Best Song Oscar® for The Lion King's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and has the best-selling single of all time, "Candle in the Wind." Now, he's left his mark on the Great White Way, where his Broadway hit Billy Elliot earned him a Tony® and continues to sell out theaters.

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Growing up in the London projects, Elton says he never could have dreamed of such success. "Music was something I grew up with and I loved passionately and I always wanted to be involved in," he says. "I never really imagined being a singer. I was an organ player in a band, and I got fed up while doing that."
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Elton says he then auditioned at a record company, which was also looking for songwriters. "I said I couldn't write lyrics and they said, 'Well, there's some lyrics from a guy from Lincolnshire,' who turned out to be [Elton's longtime collaborator] Bernie Taupin," he says. "I started writing songs for other people and nobody recorded them, and so in the end I recorded them myself and became a recording artist, which wasn't on my radar. Everything that happened after that was the biggest surprise."
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 The world views Elton as a music legend, but Elton says he sees himself as something else entirely. "I see myself as someone who's taken a long time to get where I am personally," he says. "I've got now balance in my life, where the first 30 years of my success—or maybe 20 years of my success—I had a great time and then I took a lot of drugs, drank a lot of alcohol and lost my way."
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Elton says he was inspired to seek sobriety by a very special person, Ryan White, the Indiana teen who was infected with HIV after a blood transfusion. He died in 1990 at age 18. "I was at his funeral, and I spent the last week of his life in Indianapolis with [his mom] Jeanne and his family," he says. "The way they handled themselves pointed out to myself that ... I hadn't become the person I wanted to be."

"There's so many artists that we can look through the history books [at] and say, 'God, they were so brilliant onstage and then they had so many problems off,'" he says. "I became one of those people."
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Six months after Ryan's death, Elton says he checked into a Chicago hospital to detox. "It's been 20 years this year," he says. "[It was] the best six weeks I ever did for myself. Then all things happened for me—The Lion King happened. [Elton's partner] David happened. We formed our own movie company. The charity—the Elton John AIDS Foundation."
In addition to his unforgettable songs, Elton's also known for his outrageous outfits. "It was a part of my life which I had so much fun," he says. "I lived as a teenager and I didn't really have the ability or the chance to wear what I wanted to as a kid. So I think when I became successful in 1970, all hell broke loose."

Elton says his costumes let him unleash his inner rock star. "When you're sitting at the piano, you're not David Bowie, you're not Mick Jagger, you're not Rod Stewart, you're not Freddie Mercury," he says. "So I just needed to put some attention on me."

Years ago, his costumes made a statement. Today, Elton sells most of them for charity. "We sell clothes every two years," he says. "David and I take our personal wardrobe, sell them all and give the money to the AIDS foundation, and sometimes we sell a couple of stage outfits as well."

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Costumes, theater and fame aside, Elton says he's now in the best place he can be in life. "I am so comfortable. I've been with David for 17 years," he says. "It's important that you have someone really wonderful to share your life with."

In 2009, Elton says he and David even tried to adopt two Ukrainian boys. "Unfortunately, it was so complicated that we couldn't do it. There were too many laws that said we couldn't do it in Ukraine," he says. "It broke our heart because we fell in love with these kids. One was 15 months; one was 3. They were brothers. One was HIV-positive, and one wasn't."

Despite their heartbreak—which played out in the media—Elton says he and David are still discussing adoption. "I said until that point no [to fatherhood] because I'm too old," he says. "And I thought: 'You know what, Elton? You're not too old. You're still very young at heart. You've done everything you possibly can in your career—the only thing you haven't done is be a good parent.'"

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Onstage, Elton has spent the past few years nursing another baby—Billy Elliot. The Broadway musical is based on the film about an Irish boy with a passion for dance. The musical premiered in London and moved to Broadway after rave reviews. In 2009, it took home 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

In the musical, Billy's father is initially unsupportive of his passion for dance. Elton says the story reminds him of his own father's reaction to Elton's love of music. "My father never really encouraged me. Even when I became successful as Elton John, he never came to see me," he says. "At the end, [Billy Eliot's] father comes to the opera house in London and sees Billy come onstage and dance on one leg. It made me cry because my dad never, ever saw me."

Still, Elton says his father's reaction gave him the drive to succeed. "I wanted to prove a point," he says. "I just wanted him to say: 'Good, well done. I was wrong.' But, no, that never happened."

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Looking back at an old photo, Elton has some advice for his former self. "Don't go out with the feathers," he jokes. "I learned so much in my life, and even the drug use got me to where I am now. But I would definitely say to people and looking at myself then: Be true to yourself. Be honest. Be loyal. And stay away from those bloody drugs for Christ's sake."

A look back at Elton John's style

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The baddest Elton John fans you’ve (probably) ever seen

April 16, 2010
On my way into Wells Fargo Arena, I happened to come across these three fans:
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(From left to right) Dawn Walker, Glenda Guiberson-Dittmar and Debbie Swift. (Sophia Ahmad/The Register)
Check out those shirts and those shades! Debbie Swift’s husband, Jerry (of Swift Custom Paint and Airbrushing), hand-painted/air-brushed each of those shirts especially for tonight’s Elton John concert. All three women are from Norwalk — Dawn is Debbie’s daughter and Glenda is a good friend (not to be confused with Glinda, The Good Witch). They are here to celebrate Debbie’s birthday (March) and Dawn’s birthday (May).
Favorite Elton John songs:
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Elton John smiled as he took the stage for his performance at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night, April 16th. (Bill Neibergall/The Register)


Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
Levon
Madman Across the Water
Tiny Dancer
Philadelphia Freedom
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Daniel
Rocket Man
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Take Me To the Pilot
Something About the Way You Look Tonight
(more…)



Elton John concert review, photos, April 16 2010, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines Iowa

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Blog post by Sophia Ahmadsahmad@... • April 16, 2010

As the stage lights go dim, Elton John ended his first song. (Bill Neibergall/The Register)
Friday night was a massive sing-along for more than 15,000 fans who cheered on Sir Elton John at Wells Fargo Arena.
The concert, part of the singer-pianist’s “Rocket Man — the Greatest Hits Live” tour, relied heavily on early classics and hits from John’s five-decade career.
See 22 photos from the concert.
Slow, synth sounds from the backing band filled the arena before he entered, stage right, just after 8 p.m. John waved at the crowd, sat down at his glossy black Yamaha grand piano, and joined his musicians in “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” the first track off his 1973 double album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
John did not thrash around at his instrument to rile up the sold-out crowd, and he did not have to. His powerful voice has the resonance and depth of a seasoned Broadway star and the percussive power of the piano his fingers skillfully pounded. Plus, after most songs, he bowed to his band and to the crowd, which drew even heartier roars from his happily captive audience.
The English singer-pianist, dressed in a black tail suit and a fuchsia shirt (which matched his tinted shades), strutted to center stage after the opener. He leaned back and beckoned the audience with his hands, then returned to the piano to perform “Saturday Night’s Alright.” As he vamped high on the ivories, he wiggled his eyebrows at the audience.


Elton John sings Friday night. (Bill Neibergall/The Register)
Minutes into the show, the 63-year-old spoke to the crowd, saying he hadn’t played in Des Moines since August 1973 at the Iowa State Fair.
“You haven’t seen us, we haven’t seen you, so we’re going to have a great time,” he said.
At that State Fair concert, he performed for a crowd of 19,400. More recently, he sold out a 1997 show in Ames and another in Iowa City two years later. In November 1999, a concert booked at Veterans Memorial Auditorium was canceled due to low ticket sales on a show date that also coincided with Election Day.
This time, John promised a great show and delivered. “Madman Across the Water” showcased his mad improvisational skills and mastery of the keyboard. In “Tiny Dancer,” John avoided the falsetto chorus, but opted to harmonize with the famous melody. The performance was fresh and timeless, even though 40 years had passed since the ballad first hit airwaves. John received help from his band in “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” — four out of the five sang album-perfect vocals with the star.

Barb Donelson, of Omaha, before the show. (Sophia Ahmad/The Register)
Barb Donelson, 57, of Omaha has attended John’s concerts since the ’80s. She has traveled as far as Las Vegas to see her favorite artist and made a two-day vacation out of the Des Moines show.
“He seems to really enjoy performing for everybody,” Donelson said. “Even after all these years, it’s amazing that he gets so much fun out of it. He’s so talented, I can’t fathom playing the piano like that.”


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Elton John, right, and bass player Bob Birch, left, smile for the camera. (Bill Neibergall/The Register)
I was just telling a friend today that I like Elton John’s music, but I don’t love it. What I didn’t realize is how much I would enjoy hearing John perform live. Tonight’s show was easily one of my top five favorites (ranked up there with Dolly Parton, U2, Britney Spears and Tori Amos … If I had to nail it down right now.)
John’s voice is young, strong and his playing was energized. Even songs that sound dated on the radio were fresh and classic (if you can imagine the combination) in concert. You can see the set list here.
The crowd skewed older and I liked that. People were respectful and generous with applause, and I enjoyed hearing the swells of appreciation from fans, compared to the shrieks and shrills at other shows I’ve covered.

Brody Reilly and Elton John. (Molly Reilly/Special to the Register)
The sweetest moment of the night: John called up a little boy to sing “Crocodile Rock” with him on stage. That boy (I tried to take a photo, but it was too dim), couldn’t have been older than 7, and he knew just about every single lyric of hte song. He sat at the piano with John, sharing the microphone with a star.
At the end of the show, John gave him props. “In another 15 years, you’ll be up here yourself,” he said.
Update, 4/17: I just received an e-mail from that boy’s mom — the pint-sized fan is Brody Reilly of Windsor Heights. He actually is 7 years old and has been an Elton fan for most of his little life.
John also told the audience that it was “worth the wait” to come back to Des Moines. In my review, you’ll read that it’s been more than 35 years since John has played in our fair city.






Iowa Fan, 7, Sings With Elton John

http://www.kcci.com/news/23183387/detail.html

Brody Reilly Joins Singer On Stage

POSTED: 3:49 pm CDT April 17, 2010
UPDATED: 4:00 pm CDT April 17, 2010


DES MOINES, Iowa --

A 7-year-old Elton John fan got the highlight of his young life in Des Moines on Friday.Brody Reilly said he's been a fan of the Rocket Man since he heard him sing "Crocodile Rock" on an episode of "Bob the Builder."Reilly's father said he promised to take his son to a concert if Elton John ever came to Des Moines.The boy had a front row seat when the singer performed "Crocodile Rock" and soon found himself on stage."After the second part of the song, he let me up there," Reilly said. "The security guards said, 'No, no,' but Elton John stopped them.""When 'Crocodile Rock' came on, I saw her lift him up and then I saw security come," said Brody's father, Mike Reilly. "I was like, 'Oh boy, he's in trouble now,' but Elton was standing right there and he said, 'No, no, no,' and he got to sing the song with him."Brody Reilly also got to see Elton John in Omaha last year. That time, he not only got an autograph, he also got some drum sticks and guitar picks to take home.

SIR ELTON JOHN THOUGHT HE WAS 'TOO OLD' FOR BABY

SIR ELTON JOHN put off the idea of becoming a father for years because he feared he was too old to look after a baby.


John thought he was 'too old' for baby

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Sir Elton John put off the idea of becoming a father for years because he feared he was too old to look after a baby. Skip related content
The Rocket Man, 63, and his partner David Furnish decided to start a family and adopt last year - but they were left devastated when their attempts to become parents to a Ukrainian boy named Lev was rejected on the grounds of their sexuality.
The couple is still keen to adopt, but John admits he had shunned the thought of being a dad until they actually began the whole adoption process.
He says, "I'd said until that point, 'No, I'm too old (to adopt).' Then I thought, 'You know what Elton, you're not too old. You're still very young at heart. You've done everything you possibly can in your career, the only thing you haven't done is be a good parent.'"
The pop superstar refuses to let the adoption setback throw their plans for a family off-course - and he's adamant his life with Furnish would be complete with a child.
He adds, "I think that life's all about learning; trying to learn a little bit more, change a little bit more, and I think a child would be the icing on the cake."

John treats 15,000 to decades of hits

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100417/NEWS/4170336/1001/

Friday night was a massive singalong for more than 15,000 fans who cheered on Sir Elton John at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The concert, part of the singer-pianist's "Rocket Man - the Greatest Hits Live" tour, relied heavily on early classics and hits from John's four-decade career.

Slow synth sounds from the backing band filled the arena before John entered, stage right, just after 8 p.m. He waved at the crowd, sat down at his glossy black Yamaha grand piano, and joined his musicians in "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," the first track off his 1973 double album, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."



BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER
Elton John gets some backup from bass player Bob Birch during “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” the first song of his show at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday night. After most songs, John bowed to his band and the crowd.

Guitarist Davey Johnstone gets red-hot during the show, which included early classics and plenty of other hits.

John did not thrash around at his instrument to rile up the sold-out crowd, and he didn't have to. His powerful voice has the resonance and depth of a seasoned Broadway star and the percussive power of the piano his fingers skillfully pounded. After most songs, he bowed to his band and to the crowd, which drew even heartier roars from his captive audience.

The English singer-pianist, dressed in a black tail suit and a fuschia shirt that matched his tinted shades, strutted to center stage after the opener. He leaned back and beckoned the audience with his hands, then returned to the piano to perform "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)." As he vamped high on the ivories, he wiggled his eyebrows at the audience.
Minutes into the show, the 63-year-old spoke to the crowd, saying he hadn't played in Des Moines since August 1973 at the Iowa State Fair.

"You haven't seen us, we haven't seen you, so we're going to have a great time," he said.

At that State Fair concert, he performed for a crowd of 19,400. More recently, he sold out a 1997 show in Ames and another in Iowa City two years later. In 1999, a concert booked at Veterans Memorial Auditorium was canceled because of low ticket sales on a show date that coincided with Election Day.
This time, John promised a great show and delivered. "Madman Across the Water" showcased his improvisational skills and mastery of the keyboard. In "Tiny Dancer," John avoided the falsetto chorus, but opted to harmonize with the famous melody. The performance was fresh and timeless, even though 40 years had passed since the ballad first hit airwaves. John got help from his band in "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - four of the five band members sang album-perfect vocals with the star.
Barb Donelson, 57, of Omaha has attended John's concerts since the '80s. She has traveled as far as Las Vegas to see her favorite artist and made a two-day vacation out of the Des Moines show.

"He seems to really enjoy performing for everybody," Donelson said. "Even after all these years, it's amazing that he gets so much fun out of it."

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