Biografia Elton John

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sábado, 19 de março de 2011

Create a Video for Elton John & Leon Russel and Win $5000

Create a Video for Elton John & Leon Russel and Win $5000

Posted In: Contests, VEVO. Posted By: mick on 03.17.2011
Elton John & Leon Russell

So, what you really want to do is direct? How about for some music legends? Do you know how often once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to do that come along? Usually, only once. In your lifetime. So here it is, your once-in-your-lifetime opportunity.
Elton John and Leon Russell need a video for “Hey Ahab,” the first single from their album The Union and they’re inviting you—yes, you— to take the reins.
Here’s how it works: Visit to read all the rules and video guidelines, and download the audio and video bits you’ll need to create a masterpiece; unleash your inner directing genius and upload it to Youtube; then come back to to fill out the form and include the link to your Youtube video. (You’ll need to have a account to enter.) Contest begins today March 15, 2011 and the deadline for entry is May 1, 2011.
The winner receives director’s credit for the official “Hey Ahab” video and a cool $5,000 for their trouble. So have your people call some other people, do lunch, and get crackin’!
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Elton John fans snap up tickets

9,000 tickets to 'Greatest Hits Live' show at Civic Center sold in first hour

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Elton John performs in concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Elton John performs in concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Posted Mar 18, 2011 @ 05:21 PM
Last update Mar 18, 2011 @ 10:35 PM

Elton John fans scooped up 9,000 tickets to the singer’s April 17 show at the Civic Center during the first hour of sale Friday.
Tickets for Elton John’s “Greatest Hits Live” concert became available to the public at 10 a.m. Friday.
“We had about 200 people waiting out front, and Internet sales were just flying,” said Jim Wetherington, assistant general manager at the Civic Center.
Marc Burnett, the Civic Center’s director of marketing, said the first person got in line about 5 a.m. Friday, and Burnett walked him to the window to purchase his tickets.
“He got front-row seats, and he was ecstatic,” Burnett said.
By Friday afternoon, more than 10,000 seats had been sold, both online and at the Civic Center box office. There was no pre-sale for the show, at the promoter’s request.
The concert layout allows for 11,000 seats. Burnett said tickets in all price ranges are still available. They are selling for $29, $79 and $139 and can be purchased at the Civic Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at — but for how much longer, it remains to be seen.
“If I come back Monday morning and there are any tickets left, I’ll be very surprised,” Burnett said.
Elton John’s career spans five decades, with 35 gold albums, 25 platinum albums and 29 consecutive Top 40 hits. Since his career began, he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide.

Music Review

What Lurks Under the Splashiness

Chad Batka for The New York Times
Elton John was at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, with the guests Leon Russell and Gregg Allman.
Early in his show at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Elton John played “Madman Across the Water,” and grew invested in it.

The song comes from before he was an AM radio hit-machine. He did not rush it at all, which nearly amounted to an infraction of the genial move-it-along mood of the three-hour concert. He improvised on the piano for five minutes or so, going modal and minor, getting away from his default splashiness; you could almost feel minds wandering in the big room. But he was engaging with the music, thinking through it: this was when one remembered that he’s an early-1970s musician. Somewhere under the stegosaurus plates of camp and hard business is a time-stretcher, a stare-at-the-figures-in-the-carpet guy.
For most of the concert, though, he seemed happier to yield control to the songs. In a show without much background video or other distractions, Mr. John put himself across evenly, speaking little, tottering around the stage a few times in a black long coat, motioning for applause.
His voice, grown thicker over the last 10 years, successfully avoided the danger zone of the falsetto range, and he hit the notes accurately. (His band members and backup singers took over the high parts.) All voices change, and here’s a 63-year-old mostly playing music he made in his 20s; still, a tight bark has paved over his old flamboyance and mock-Southern inflections, and he reflexively cuts off most words before they start to imply anything. There were a few places where that didn’t matter, where the bark somehow worked in the service of the song, and the smartly dressed middle-age women in the audience got into it en masse for “Bennie and the Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom.”
Much of the evening felt like state-fair business — he and the band cleaving mostly to the 1970s and the track lists of his “Greatest Hits” and “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2” — except for when Mr. John introduced the singer-songwriter Leon Russell, who had not been on the Garden’s stage since the Concert for Bangladesh, in 1971. Mr. Russell walked out slowly with a cane, obscure under hair and beard and hat, and Mr. John’s body language changed.
He tamped himself down, embraced Mr. Russell warmly, and spoke of him as his idol, as he has often done. Then they sat at opposing grand pianos and got to work. The eight country-gospel songs they performed, all from their recent collaboration album “The Union” (Decca), aren’t the best work either has done. (Gregg Allman joined them on “Shiloh,” standing at center stage and singing mostly inaudible harmony vocals.) But these songs were looser, more natural and less formalized than the rest of the show; best, Mr. Russell’s nasal, citrusy voice rang through the sound system and penetrated the room. He got a good hearing.
Elton John performs at the Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on Friday, and returns to Madison Square Garden on Sunday;

Elton John revved up hits and more at three-hour Norfolk concert

(Elton John at Ted Constant Center, Norfolk, March 18, 2011. Photos by Sam McDonald)
Elton John's three-hour career-spanning concert at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk Friday gave audiences everything they wanted and more.
The show featured 26 songs, most of them the tunes best loved by his fans: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Tiny Dancer," "Levon," "Madman Across the Water," "Rocket Man," and the set-ending "Crocodile Rock." Just to put an emotional punctuation point on the evening, he returned for the night's only encore and gave a tender reading of "Your Song."
Throw in "Burn Down the Mission," "Bennie and the Jets," and "Take Me to the Pilot" and you've got a setlist that would make almost anyone smile.
It surely satisfied the majority of his fans. John was singing well, his voice still powerful though just a smidge of his upper ranged was blunted. His piano playing contains all the verve and energy of yesteryear. If John's stage antics aren't quite as dynamic as they once were, well, his fans are more sedate, too. His rock-solid band included a pair of veterans from his 1970s heyday -- Nigel Olsson on drums and Davey Johnstone on guitar.
The great bonus included in Friday's show was a mid-show suite of tunes with Leon Russell with whom John recorded the album "The Union" released last year. Once Russell and his piano appeared on stage, John seemed to ramp up the intensity of his performance. While the eight songs they played were not familiar to many in the audience, the tunes were warmly received. For John, the Russell collaboration seemed to act like a jolt of caffeine -- or something stronger.
Once he returned to the greatest hits program, he attacked the tunes with more fire. Even the sugary "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" received a jolt of ecstatic gospel energy.
Like the song says, the bitch is back.
Elton John, seen above in an overseas concert, will preform at the JQH Arena in April - Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/ABACAPRESS.COM

Springfield, Missouri - For some fans, the experience of seeing Elton John preform in person is worth a few endeavors, including camping overnight in front of JQH Arena.
Several people in the line tell PN Media that as of 11:00 PM on Friday, there was roughly 50-60 people in line. They also said that many people who have passed by, planned to return later with chairs and blankets.
Tickets are $29, $79, $139 each. Tickets will be available Saturday morning at 10:00AM at,, JQH Arena Box Office and charge-by-phone (417-836-7678). There is an 8 ticket limit per customer.

Elton John Owes New York 40 More Minutes of Hits

Photos by G.
Elton John
Elton John
Billed as “Elton John – All The Hits,” the legendary Sir Elton played a sold out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2011.  The set began on a perfect note at 8:15 pm with “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and for the first hour of the 3 hour show, Elton played hit after hit including “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” “Levon,” “Madman Across the Water,” “Tiny Dancer” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues,” and “Rocket Man.”  The air was let out of the shows’ tires when recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell came out to play 8 songs in a row from the most recent Elton John album “The Union” which is a collaboration with Leon Russell.  The songs weren’t bad and Elton even explained to the crowd that he has to play new stuff so he doesn’t get bored with just playing hits.  Fair enough.  But it derailed the momentum of the show and people were leaving in droves to get alcohol and snacks.
Leon Russell
Leon Russell
During “The Union” section of the show, Gregg Allman was also brought out on stage for “Gone To Shiloh.”  To make room for this portion of the “All the Hits” show, ”Honky Cat,” “Daniel,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Border Song,” “The One,” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Skyline Pigeon,” “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” had to be cut.  Still, a review of an Elton John concert could be summed up in 2 simple words:  Elton John!  He’s always the showman – playing great and sounding great, so I hardly feel ripped off.  When he came back on stage for the lone encore “Your Song,” he signed autographs for about 10 people that were in the front row.  He also dedicated “Your Song” to the people of New York who’ve allowed the singer to play over 60 shows at The Garden in his career!  Whoa!  This was my first time seeing Elton on the East Coast. I think it is interesting that the first time I ever saw him perform on the West Coast, he opened with “Your Song,” and tonight he finished with it.
Elton John
Elton John
See the setlist for the 3 hour show after the jump.

The setlist for Elton John at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2011 was:
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 / I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues / Rocket Man / If It Wasn’t For Bad (with Leon Russell) / Hey Ahab (with Leon Russell) / The Best Part of the Day (with Leon Russell) / Gone To Shiloh (with Gregg Allman and Leon Russell) / Monkey Suit (with Leon Russell) / When Love Is Dying (with Leon Russell) / Band Intro / Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) (with Leon Russell) / A Dream Come True (with Leon Russell) / Sad Songs (Say So Much) / Piano Intro – Take Me To The Pilot / Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me / Candle In The Wind / Burn Down The Mission / Benny and the Jets / The Bitch Is Back / Crocodile Rock.
Your Song

Elton John coming to KFC Yum! Center
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Tickets went on sale on March 18 for Elton John and his band at the KFC Yum! Center and fans lined up early to get the best seats.
The cheap seats are $19.50, then prices jump to $79.00 and $139.00. Elton's concert is Friday, April 15 at 8 PM.

Elton John fans line up for concert tickets

Die-hard fans of Elton John are lining up outside JQH Arena, waiting for tickets to his concert to go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.By 5:30 p.m. Friday, the line was about 11 people long, though the most die-hard had been there much longer.
Lisa Wingo, third in line behind Paul and Kathie Lea, said she got to the area about 1 p.m. She and Paul Lea, who got there around 8:30 a.m., were both walking around, checking out the scene, when he saw her Elton John sweat shirt. They formed the line after the two of them spoke.
The Leas will be seeing their first Elton John concert.
“He’s my era, my time,” said Paul Lea.
But Wingo has seen John 12 times. He was a huge influence on her as a kid, when she was studying piano. She said she was born in 1970, the year he had his first hit, Your Song, in the U.S.
“By the time I was nine I started my Elton John scrap book,” she said.
While many of the fans dressed in layers, with a bag of supplies by their side, Kyle Fly, 15, was shivering in shorts. Fly said he was dropped off by his mom to hold a place for his aunt, who had driven by and saw the beginnings of the line.
“All I know about him is he wears glasses,” said Fly.

Beth Ditto - Beth Ditto Thinks Elton Can Buy Youth

19 March 2011 05:47:26
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Beth Ditto Thinks Elton Can Buy Youth
Beth Ditto thinks Sir Elton John won't worry about being an older father because he can use his wealth to keep him healthy.
Beth Ditto says it doesn't matter that Sir Elton John is an older father because he is so rich he can maintain his youth.
The Gossip frontwoman thinks the 63-year-old singer - who along with his husband David Furnish became parent to baby Zachary through a surrogate mother last Christmas Day (25.12.10) - won't find fatherhood tough as he can just buy new body parts if his body starts to fail.
She joked: "I did think he was going to be an old dad, but he's got the money to stay young. New kidney? You got it. New heart? Done."
Elton is known for his vast spending sprees but despite his wealth, he has previously said he is determined the tot will remain grounded.
He said: "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. 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."

Comic Relief: Elton John not the only Rocket Man in Hatfield

Friday, March 18, 2011
10:00 PM
WHILE Elton John will be making a bang in Hatfield this summer with his Rocket Man, here in Hatfield we have our very own space explorer who is already going down a storm in the name of Comic Relief.

Ben Foong raising funds for Comic Relief dressed as a rocket

Ben Foong raising funds for Comic Relief dressed as a rocket

Astronaut enthusiast and Mark and Spencer Outlet worker Ben Foong has been dressing up as either a rocket or as a space station for every day of the past three weeks while serving customers to raise funds.
Armed with a collection pot Ben gathered £327 a figure that was doubled by his employers.
Ben, who took on a similar stunt for Children in Need - dressing as either Danger Mouse or a rocket, said: “I’m delighted I have raised as much.
“The best thing about it has been seeing people’s faces. Especially those people who are glum going to work in the morning, I like to think it has given them a smile for the start of the day.”

Leon Russell’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airing Sunday on Fuse

Elton John and Leon Russell
The 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place Monday at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City will be broadcast exclusively at 8 p.m. Sunday on the cable network Fuse.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011 inductee class includes Oklahoma-born and bred singer/songwriter/pianist Leon Russell, who will be inducted by Elton John with the rock hall’s Award for Recording Excellence, which replaces the sidemen category.
This year’s performer inductees are theatrical rockers the Alice Cooper Band, who will be inducted by Rob Zombie; crooner Neil Diamond, who will be honored by Paul Simon; New Orleans musician Dr. John, with John Legend paying tribute; big-voiced songstress Darlene Love, who will be inducted by Bette Midler; and singer-songwriter Tom Waits, who will be lauded by Neil Young.
In the nonperformer category, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman will be inducted by John Densmore of the Doors, while Lloyd Price will usher in Specialty Records founder Art Rupe.

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