Elton John & Leon Russell - Live at the Beacon Theater (2010)
3xNTSC Pro-shot DVD | English | Total time: N/A | 720x480 | MPEG-2 @8500kbps | PCM @1536kbps 2CH | 10.2 GB
Genre: Blue, Rock, Pop
3xNTSC Pro-shot DVD | English | Total time: N/A | 720x480 | MPEG-2 @8500kbps | PCM @1536kbps 2CH | 10.2 GB
Genre: Blue, Rock, Pop
Elton John and Leon Russell will appear in concert together at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City to showcase their new studio album, The Union, on October 19th at 8pm ET. The much-anticipated performance will air live on Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s national music television network. The two legends will take the stage for “Fuse Presents: Elton John and Leon Russell Live From the Beacon Theatre,” which will be available to fans across the U.S. with limited commercial interruptions.
The show will feature songs from The Union, which hits stores the same day, as well as a selection of classics and hits from their individual careers. For this concert, Elton and Leon will be accompanied by musicians from The Union studio sessions, including Jay Bellerose on drums, Russ Paul on the pedal steel guitar, Marc Ribot on guitar, Jackson Smith on guitar, Keefus Ciancia on keyboards, Mike Compton on mandolin and Dennis Crouch on bass.
Live at the Beacon Theater, NY
October 19, 2010
Good Morning America October 20, 2010
01 Good Morning America Introduction
02 If It Wasn't for Bad- GMA
03 Hearts Have Turned to Stone- GMA
04 Tiny Dancer- GMA
Beacon Theatre October 19, 2010
01 Intro (Elton)
02 Tight Rope
03 Prince Of Peace/Out In The Woods
04 A Song For You
05 Delta Lady
06 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
07 Stranger In A Strange Land
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08 If It Wasn't For Bad
09 Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes
10 Hey Ahab
11 Gone To Shiloh
12 Jimmie Rodgers' Dream
13 There's No Tomorrow
14 Monkey Suit
15 The Best Part Of The Day
16 A Dream Come True
17 When Love Is Dying
18 I Should Have Sent Roses
19 Band Intro
20 Hearts Have Turned To Stone
21 Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
22 In The Hands Of Angels
23 Burn Down The Mission
25 Tiny Dancer
26 Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun
27 I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
28 Your Song
29 Take Me to the Pilot
30 Sad Songs (Say So Much)
31 The Bitch Is Back
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32 Hey Ahab (commercial cuts beginning off)
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Sick, Pregnant Lily Allen Pulls Out of Elton John' Charity
October 30, 2010 03:19:03 GMT
The singer is falling sick with 'viral infection' which forces her to cancel the performance at Grey Goose Character & Cocktails Elton John Aids Foundation winter ball.
Â© /WENN Pregnant pop star Lily Allen has pulled out of plans to perform at Sir Elton John's charity ball on Saturday, October 30 night due to illness. The "Smile" singer was due to take to the stage at the Grey Goose Character & Cocktails Elton John Aids Foundation winter ball in London to perform for guests.
Allen has now axed her appearance after falling sick with a "viral infection", and Sir Elton has stepped up to take her place in the show. A spokesman for Allen says, "Lily Allen is a keen supporter of the charity and Grey Goose and is sorry that she is no longer able to perform live on the night. Lily Allen regrets that she has had to pull out of her scheduled appearance due to a viral infection."
"As Lily is pregnant and not able to take medication, she has been advised to rest until the infection clears. She apologizes to Elton and to anyone attending the event." The ball will take place at the U.S. embassy in the British capital.
The Making of Elton John: Madman Across the Water
Documentary exploring Elton John's childhood, apprenticeship in the British music business, sudden stardom in the US at the dawn of the 70s, and his musical heyday. Plus the backstory to the new album reuniting him with Leon Russell, his American mentor. Features extensive exclusive interviews with Elton, plus colleagues and collaborators including Bernie Taupin, Leon Russell and more.
Sir Elton John calls time on pop career saying he's too old
- From: NewsCore
- November 02, 2010
SIR Elton John will not be writing any more chart-topping songs, the British pop legend says in today's edition of GQ magazine. The 63-year-old singer-songwriter - and co-creator with Bernie Taupin of best-selling classics such as Candle in the Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Island Girl, Tiny Dancer and Bennie and the Jets - claims he is too old to compete with today's contemporary artists.
"Look, I'm 63. I don't want to be on VH1 or MTV. I'm not going to compete with (British boy band) JLS or Lady Gaga," he told the magazine. "I'm at that stage where I don't think I can write pop music any more. I can't sit down and do a proper rock song. It was OK when I was 25 or 26 but not any more. I like to do my little side projects like Scissor Sisters and have fun, but I don't think Elton John will be putting any pop singles out."
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Sir Elton was working with Lady Gaga on Hello, Hello, a new track that will feature in Gnomeo & Juliet, an upcoming animated film produced by the singer and his partner David Furnish.
He recently slammed modern music, saying, "Songwriters today are pretty awful, which is why everything sounds the same. Contemporary pop isn't very inspiring."
The truth behind Sir Elton's recent comments
Last updated 10:01 03/11/2010http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/blogs/blog-on-the-tracks/4300093/The-truth-behind-Sir-Eltons-recent-comments
In reaction to Sir Elton's statement, it was pointed out by many that it's been a while since there's been a necessary, vital, vibrant, worthwhile Elton John record. At least 30 years. In his prime John was one of an elite crew - his work in the 1970s sits alongside that of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and David Bowie as a solo artist who released continually exciting music across the decade; prolific and innovative.
So now we have another press-round from Sir Elton. It's been reported widely, including here at this site, that Elton John is now quitting pop music. Basically Elton has said that modern pop is not for him anymore - so it's not clever and Elton is not clever enough to hack out something that is not even clever?
Well that much is obvious when you have a listen to his duet album The Union, a set of collaborations with Leon Russell.
I was looking forward to this album - I like the best of Elton's work across the 1970s, I think there's half a dozen albums of his that belong in most record collections. And Russell was certainly far more of a hook for me: he's one of music's un(der)sung heroes.
But The Union is a plodder. It's hard to know who is dragging who down, but it's completely without excitement and it really sounds like bits of any old or current Elton John solo album, just not as good as the good bits. Nothing special at all.
The reason Elton John should be retiring from pop music is because he has listened back to The Union and realised his string of duds, phone-ins and lazy rewrites is now longer than his string of phenomenal hits.
Sure, he still brings a good show when he performs live. And The Union is not at all the worst album he's released - but it didn't need to happen. And worse, the fact that it was announced so long ago meant that the record company was really hoping this would be some hit for baby-boomers due to hype. And it might be - I can image a lot of 60-year-olds purchasing it by rote, the way Eric Clapton and Sting albums are still purchased. To have. To hold on to. Until death do them part.
And so John is out manipulating the press to suit - and that's clever. And he's got everyone reporting his comments.
But the truth is Elton John has been irrelevant as a creative force a lot longer than he was ever relevant. So his comments on pop music, what works and what does not, could only ever be self-serving and for that matter served on top of a grain of salt.
Elton John has spent the last two decades doing everything an aging pop/rock star can do. He has toured regularly as a live jukebox. He has released mawkish Disney soundtracks, written songs for others. He has even attempted a thematic sequel to one of his bigger sellers from three decades earlier. And he slaughtered one of his significant early hits by giving it the, er, Royal treatment.
So now he is left to write off the stars of today and to appear graceful to his fans by suggesting he is bowing out. It's actually arrogant for him to do this - it's a reluctance to admit that he has not been relevant for longer than he was ever relevant.
And of course for a guy whose albums, at one staggering point in his career, accounted for some 2 per cent of all global record sales - it probably would be hard to accept that no one really wants to hear new music from you. That the new music released could never catch on like the old stuff. I mean, why would it?
So that's the truth about Sir Elton's remarks. More arrogance from an out of touch musician; a failure to understand that the new model has no place for him - beyond trawling through the hits live until he reaches 75.
He had more remarkable music in him than most. And I would consider myself a fan of his best work, absolutely. But reading these blatant non-stories circulating wildly/widely made me chuckle. Why the need for comment from him on the state of play these days? He is not really able to comment - his new music just sounds like a not-as-good-version of his old music, rather than a not-as-good-version of someone else's new music.
If he does retire from making pop music he just might save face. It would be a wise move - but that was never the point of these alleged outbursts about the state of pop.
The truth is Elton John still has a record to sell. The question is do you care? Will you buy it? Would you prefer him to retire from making music?
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Elton John: 'No more pop music from me'
Sir Elton John has admitted that he is no longer interested in writing pop music.
The 'Rocket Man' singer said that he is calling time on his career in contemporary rock and pop hits because he cannot compete with many of the current artists in the charts.
He told GQ: "Look, I'm 63. I don't want to be on VH1 or MTV. I'm not going to compete with JLS or Lady GaGa. I'm at that stage where I don't think I can write pop music anymore. I can't sit down and do a proper rock song. It was okay when I was 25 or 26, but not anymore.
"I like to do my little side projects like Scissor Sisters and have fun, but I don't think Elton John will be putting any pop singles out."
John recently claimed that modern-day songwriters are "pretty awful" and that current pop music "isn't very inspiring".
Monday, November 1 2010, 07:36 GMT
By Christian Tobin, News Subeditor
Elton’s making a comeback
The low-key show at Cardiff’s CIA on Wednesday, June 8 will act as a warm-up for the flamboyant piano-playing superstar’s planned stadium jaunt to showcase The Union, his latest critically-acclaimed new album with American singer-songwriter Leon Russell.
And it’s exciting news for the Rocketman’s Welsh fans who may have missed out on tickets for their idol’s recent appearance at the BBC Electric Proms at London’s historic Roundhouse venue, where the star cherry-picked tunes from his glittering 40-year career.
One fan who’ll be first in the queue for tickets when they go on sale tomorrow is Steve Balsamo, former lead singer with South Wales rockers The Storys, of whom Elton was a big admirer.
“We were always big fans of his and I think our sound reminded him of the West Coast pop that he was making back in the ’70s on albums like Madman Across The Water and Honky Chateau.
“Then suddenly the phone rings one night as I’m bathing my little girl and it’s him on the line from Las Vegas where he’s gigging, asking if we’d like to go on the road with him.”
Famously, that culminated in the band going on before Elton in front of 25,000 at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium in 2008.
“It was just the most amazing time for us and everyone on that tour treated us so well,” said Balsamo.
“One of the most enduring memories I have is of running through our sound-check at one of the shows and looking out to see Elton sitting there with his dogs listening in every note we were playing.
“There aren’t many megastars who would bother taking the time to do that and I think it just goes to show what a hardcore music lover the guy is, not to mention an incredible talent. Me and the lads would stand and watch his set from the wings every night and we never failed to be in awe of him.”
He added: “I happened to be in London when he played at the Electric Proms last Sunday but couldn’t go because I was bed-ridden with the flu.
“So there’s no way I’m not going to miss out this time round.”
Tickets for Elton John go on sale at 9am from the Cardiff International Arena Box office on 029 2022 4488.
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Elton John/Leon Russell
Elton John deserves a hit. Reportedly, he was irked that his most excellent Captain & The Kid (2006) stiffed after seeing one of his best friends/competitors Rod Stewart sell millions with his tepid and almost unlistenable standards collections. Maybe justice will prevail now as Elton has teamed up with his musical hero Leon Russell on an album produced by T-Bone Burnett, whose magic touch has worked wonders for Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, Tony Bennett/k.d. lang, Los Lobos and Counting Crows.
The gospel-tinged tracks feature a 10-voice choir, Neil Young and Brian Wilson but it’s the two pianos and two voices of Elton and Leon that playfully recall not only John’s 1970 Tumbleweed Connection classic but Russell’s soul/country/rock with Joe Cocker in 1969. Most tracks feature a piano in each speaker complementing each other with plucky resolve and whorehouse urgency. “A Dream Come True,” for instance, could have come right off of Elton’s 1973 Honky Chateau.
Elton sounds better than he has in years, Leon a little less so, his signature drawl still intact, just not so pronounced. Ever the master melodist, Elton imbues these songs with an instant memorability, especially “The Best Part Of The Day” where he honestly gushes, “you’re my best friend/you share my crazy ways.”
This is the sound of two masters driving each other upwards on songs of regret and universal longing. There’s also, in between the lines, an appreciation of time that only age can truly divine.
What took them so long?
In A Word: Finally
—by Mike Greenblatt, November 3, 2010
CD REVIEW: Elton and Leon’s mutual admiration
Over the course of 14 tracks, the icon (John) and the should-be icon (Russell) seamlessly blend their styles while finding the common ground in their lengthy careers. For John, the material harkens back to “Tumbleweed Connection” and his early ’70s domination of the singer/songwriter scene, before the bejeweled glasses and duck suits took over. Russell, on the other hand, brings his consistently polished yet rugged gospel-infused style to the table and practically steals the show.
As evidenced on “Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes,” a mid-tempo ballad and lyrical highpoint, this album is John’s chance to pay homage to his longtime idol. “You came like an invasion/ All bells and whistles blowing/ Your songs have all the hooks/ You’re seven wonders rolled into one.” Most of the songs seem to lean in Russell’s direction and not revolve around John’s flashy piano pounding. By the end of the rollicking “Hey Ahab,” it’s quite obvious who influenced whom.
There’s no shortage of guest spots on “The Union,” and most of them came from John’s address book. Brian Wilson lends his voice to “When Love Is Dying,” Robert Randolph plays on the mournful “There’s No Tomorrow,” and “Gone To Shiloh,” the CD’s best track, takes a ground-level view of the Civil War with Elton and Leon trading haunting verses with Neil Young.
“The Union” is no run-of-the-mill mutual admiration society. There’s an obvious respect between these two icons, and it shines through on every track. Up to now, John could probably sell out any arena on the globe, while Russell plays a regular gig or two at NEPA’s River Street Jazz Cafe. “The Union” may change all that.
Elton John Opens BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms
LONDON, ENGLAND â€“ OCTOBER 28: Sir Elton John performs as part of BBC Radio 2â€²s Electric Proms at The Roundhouse on October 28, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)
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