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After Elton John publicly discussed his concern for friend and tour mate Billy Joel (and John held nothing back, calling Joel’s rehab attempts “rehab lite” and hashing through the various things his addictions might be causing such as tour cancellations, illnesses, and lack of song writing) Joel released a statement letting the world know he’s not as upset with John as everyone suspected he would be.
In fact, he’s simply chalking up John’s comments up…well, normal Elton John behavior.
I’ve enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him. Elton is just being Elton.
However, Elton isn’t buying it.

Last week, John appeared on The Today Show and talked with Matt Lauer about his the Rolling Stone interview – and his “tough love” for friend and tour mate Billy Joel – claiming despite Joel’s public attitude toward the situation isn’t an accurate representation of what’s really going on:
He hates me at the moment. He sent me a message and he’s not happy. He may want to punch my face. I understand that. I’m sorry I had to say it, but I’m saying it because I really want Billy to live a long life and be very happy. That’s all it came from. I understand why he’s mad at me. I’m only trying to help. Maybe I should have done it privately, but I’ve been so frustrated over the years.
Joel’s response to that? Just as succinct (if not more so – I love lists!) as the first:
1. I do not hate Elton John
2. I do not want to “punch him in the face”
3. If he wants to call me, my number is still the same.
4. Good luck with the movie.
Regardless of which star’s story is the true story (and, in reality, there’s probably a little truth and a little stretching-of-the-truth in each one), let’s hope Billy Joel goes on to find a treatment program that works for him.
Have you taken the Elton John And Billy Joel: Tough Love Or Disrespect? poll yet?
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Elton John: 'I have a gnome of my own'

Elton John, now a proud father, has been juggling bedtime story-telling with work on a new film.
By John Hiscock 6:23PM GMT 01 Feb 2011 12 Comments
Elton John is beaming with bonhomie and has the look of a proud new father about to hand round the cigars as he enters the Beverly Hills hotel suite with his companion David Furnish.
They have both been busy, he says, working on a new musical project that is intended solely for the ears of their son Zachary.
“We’ve been putting music on his iPod and he now has Chopin, Mozart, Carole King, the Carpenters, James Taylor, me, Linda Ronstadt and even Led Zeppelin lullabies,” laughs the flamboyant singer-composer.
Zachary was born in Los Angeles on Christmas Day to a surrogate mother. Both Elton John and Furnish, who were married in England in 2005, contributed equally to the conception, as it were, although Elton is listed on the birth certificate as the father and David as the mother.
“I’ve had the most amazing things happen to me in my personal life and career, but this is the icing on the cake,” says 63-year-old Elton, conservatively dressed in a dark navy suit and crew-necked shirt. “It’s been the most blissful few weeks of all time.
“A lot of people have said I’m a little old, but I’m 60 going on 40. I’m young at heart, I work hard, and I do more shows now than I ever did before. I’ll play football and tennis with him and I’m still an active kind of guy. But David is 15 years younger than me so I may leave some of the physical exercise to him. I have 10 godchildren whom I spend a lot of time with every summer, so it’s not as if I haven’t been around children. I think I’ll do all right.”
Although Zachary already has his own iPod, his dad, surprisingly, does not. “I’m a Luddite,” he acknowledges with a grin. “I don’t have a phone, I don’t have a computer, I don’t have an iPad and I don’t have an iPod. But this is going to be a problem for me because they’re coming out with a Skype iPad in April and I’ve got to get one because I want to see my son when I’m not there – I’ll have to enter the world of technology.”
He knows enough, however, to be the executive producer of a new animated film, Gnomeo and Juliet, with which he has been involved for the past 11 years and which has been produced by his production company, Rocket Pictures.
The comedy takes Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two teenage lovers and retells it – with garden gnomes and a happy ending. Set in Stratford-upon-Avon, the film highlights the rivalry between neighbours Mr Capulet and Miss Montague, who have taken their zeal for gardening to new heights. Gnomeo is an expert gardener while Juliet is a beautiful gnome on a pedestal, kept there by her stern father, Lord Redbrick.
A cast of stars, including Michael Caine, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Matt Lucas, Maggie Smith, Ashley Jensen, Ozzy Osbourne, Patrick Stewart and Dolly Parton, provide the voices, while the soundtrack features new songs from Elton and Bernie Taupin as well as classics such as Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting), Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and Your Song.
The multi-Oscar nominated composer James Newton Howard, who used to be in Elton’s backing band, created the score, which also incorporates iconic John-Taupin melodies including Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man and Bennie and the Jets among others.
“Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time and we thought it would be a really good idea to do it with garden gnomes,” says Elton. “It’s quite colloquial and British and very funny.
“I never ever envisaged doing a film about gnomes, but one of the funniest things in my life was when Tim Rice gave me a lyric for The Lion King and it started off ‘When I was a young warthog’. I thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing? I’m writing songs about warthogs.’ But gnomes, of course, are very popular in Europe and they’re gaining popularity in America. They’re funny characters and they’re great.
“I hope I’ve always had the capacity not to take myself too seriously and I think being able to send yourself up in visual ways as well as verbal ways is great. That’s why I do things like Gnomeo and why I’m going to do Saturday Night Live.
“Artists should never take themselves too seriously. We’re blessed to be who we are. We’re not more important than anybody else, and if you can’t take a joke, then you’re a sad person.”
Elton has another animated project, a musical version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in the works and is also involved in a film that is being planned about his life.
No decision has yet been made as to who will portray him. “It will have to be someone who can change weight quite quickly because I was very thin when I was young,” he laughs. “It’s fascinating. We’ve talked about it and it depends when the film is made. We’re talking about maybe three of four years’ time, so I think Robert Downey Jr could definitely play me at one point in my life because he’s musical and he sings. He’d be wonderful.”
But for now Elton, who was knighted in 1998, is focused on Zachary. “I have a gnome of my own,” he said. “David and I will be able to steer him in the right direction, but I know he’s going to teach me far more than I could ever teach him.”
The couple have homes in London, New York, Nice and Venice, and are currently living just off Hollywood’s Sunset Strip in a luxury apartment Elton bought in 2007 for £1.6 million. They also own a smaller apartment next door, bought for £1.3 million, which is intended for Zachary and his nanny.
But, says Elton, “David and I are very hands-on. The nanny has one day a week off and we change Zachary’s nappies and feed him. Every night one of us reads him a story – last night it was The Best Nest and the night before it was Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers – and 6.30 is now a sacrosanct time in my life because I spend it solely with my son before he goes to bed.
“When I was growing up in the early Fifties, I didn’t get the tactile love from my father that I will give to my child. I’ll be a very loving parent. All he’s doing at the moment is pooping, eating and burping, so he’s a blank canvas and it’s very lovely to see. He lies there and he has no mortgage worries or thoughts about what he’s going to do tomorrow. We just need to make sure he’s a loving person.”
A lifelong supporter and former chairman of Watford Football Club, Elton is already making plans for baby Zachary’s future as a fan.
“I was talking to the Watford manager Malky Mackay this morning and they’ve dropped off a Watford kit for him at my house in London,” he said. “One of the great things about having a boy is that he’ll be brought up as a Watford supporter. I can’t wait to take him there for his first game.”
Then he laughs: “If he chooses Chelsea, I’m going to kill him.”
‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ opens on February 11

Live Shots

By Raoul Hernandez, Fri., April 16, 2010

Elton John and Davey Johnstone (l)

Elton John

Frank Erwin Center, April 10
If Elton John toddled onstage at Frank Erwin Center Saturday night looking a little like a five-foot Muppet, it was no joke. Impeccably dressed in a satin blue chemise and black tailcoat – with a sequined crocodile snapping down on the Sir Elton of his ubiquitous Greatest Hits on the back – the cuddly, 63-year-old pianist had just allowed a 16,000-strong sold-out arena its final breath for at least an hour. Augmented by bass, keyboards, and percussion, the quartet that cut John's 1973 masterpiece Goodbye Yellow Brick Road arrived in Austin intact, save for late bass player Dee Murray, after what the band's namesake later estimated was a 10-year local hiatus in a nearly continuous U.S. tour marking its 40th anniversary. In fact, the sonic fog of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road opener "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" was already rising as John took his seat along with drummer Nigel Olsson, who was finally out of his trademark jumpsuit, his perennially long hair grown white, and grinning madly at the bandleader while Edinburgh axe Davey Johnstone stood left of the bandleader's Yamaha grand, wielding a Les Paul stenciled with Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. John, Olsson, and Johnstone howled, with the segue into "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" becoming the first gut-punch in a relentless barrage that never waned over two and a half hours. The headliner sang his co-writer Bernie Taupin's lyrics like a playwright refining dialogue. Announcing a triptych from 1971's Madman Across the Water next, John again signaled the night's intentions: take no prisoners. "Daniel" giving way to an extended, out-of-this-world "Rocket Man," John's instrumental intro to "Take Me to the Pilot" running the gamut from Tchaikovsky to Fats Domino, and "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" all welcomed a worthy newcomer, "You're Never Too Old to Love Somebody," from an upcoming collaboration between John and his early "idol" Leon Russell. "The Bitch Is Back"? She never left.

Set List

“Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
“Madman Across the Water”
“Tiny Dancer”
“Philadelphia Freedom”
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
“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”
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”
“Candle in the Wind”
“You’re Never Too Old to Love Somebody”
“Honky Cat”
“Burn Down the Mission”
“Bennie and the Jets”
“The Bitch Is Back”
“I’m Still Standing”
“Crocodile Rock”
“Your Song”
“Circle of Life”

Sir Elton will be the first to rock Eugene’s Matthew Knight Arena

by Kevin Tomanka on February 15, 2011
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In its first month of operation, Eugene’s newly built Matthew Knight Arena has already garnered positive reviews and wowed thousands of Duck fans at UO Basketball home games. This week it is about to begin its life as a multi-purpose arena. Already on the event schedule, “Matt Court” as it’s now being affectionately called, has a tennis match, the Harlem Globetrotters, and a visit from the Pro Bull Riding circuit. But Thursday it will be hosting its first, non-university concert, and they couldn’t have gotten a bigger name for the event.
Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time. His career has spanned five decades, and he has 250 worldwide record sales to his credit including “Candle in the Wind 1997″ which alone sold 37 million copies. He has played more than 3,000 concerts in his lifetime but this will be his first time ever playing in Eugene, Oregon. Tickets for the event went on sale back in December of 2010 and quickly set the bar high for the arena’s quickest sell out–this was before work on the building was even complete–going on sale at noon on December 2nd and completely selling out before the end of the day.
Elton and his band (which includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards) will be performing their “Greatest Hits Live” show for Eugene fans, combining many of his 29 Top 40 hits into a single show that will guarantee singing out loud and dancing in the aisles.
The University of Oregon Athletic Director, Rob Mullens, said, ” Elton is the most prolific artist we could have dreamed of hosting for a concert as we open the Matthew Knight Arena. Playing all of his number one hits will truly make this a memorable night in Eugene.”
It will without a doubt be an evening to remember and a wonderful way to show Eugene that this arena will truly be functioning as multi-purpose venue–more than just a MacArthur Court with better air conditioning.
Elton John plays “All Hits, All Night” at Eugene’s Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, February 17th at 8pm.  Tickets are sold out but leave a comment below for your chance to win a bundle of Elton John swag.  Prizes include CDs, posters and LPs.

Elton John Wants His Son To Have An "Old-Fashioned Childhood"

Elton John Wants His Son To Have An "Old-Fashioned Childhood"
Sir Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish are determined to give their son Zachary an “old-fashioned childhood”. The couple, who welcomed their first child together via surrogate on Christmas Day 2010, hopes that despite their vast wealth, their son will be able to remain grounded.
“I so value my own childhood now, and the sense of wonder and personal discovery that I enjoyed, that we want to give Zachary – as much as we possibly can – the same thing,” explains the 63-year-old singer. “A solid old-fashioned childhood, if you like.”
I know it'll be hard with my life, but we want him to have that same normality and for things in life to have real value. So we don't intend to spoil him – we're going to try to give him a fun, carefree time of innocence, freedom, love and stability.
Elton also expressed his concern for today's children who don't appreciate the things they have growing up in our entirely materialistic world: “I don't know if kids get that sort of enjoyment out of things anymore. I don't think you can do because your parents worked so hard when money was scarce to buy you a bicycle or your first record player.”
“I don't want to become Britain's crustiest old man but I don't think you can possibly have the pleasure now of growing up like we did,” he continues. “ A trip to the cinema was a treat, a trip up to London was unbelievably exciting. A trip anywhere.”
Recently, the Candle in the Wind singer gushed about his smooth transition into fatherhood: “It's been a breeze. It's delightful, enchanting.”
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