British singer Elton John performs on Nov. 3, 2010. He'll play on the Plains of Abraham this July. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)
Elton John to play Plains of Abrahamhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/04/14/elton-john-quebec.html
The Canadian Press
Posted: Apr 14, 2011 4:45 PM ET
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2011 4:45 PM ET
The 64-year-old John will appear at the Quebec City landmark July 9 as part of the city's annual summer festival.
The Rocket Man's show comes three years after Paul McCartney and Céline Dion gave separate shows on the Plains to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.
McCartney's appearance riled some Quebec nationalists, who said a Brit shouldn't be part of the city's festivities.
The weekend of John's show promises to be a huge one for music fans in Quebec. Irish rockers U2 will be playing at the Montreal Hippodrome on both July 8 and 9.
Elton John brings his formidable song list to KFC Yum CenterElton John brings his formidable song list to Yum Center on Friday night
By Walter Tunis Contributing Music WriterElton John
8 p.m. April 15 at KFC Yum Center in Louisville. $19.50-$139. 1-800-745-3000.
After 40-plus years in the pop arena and a catalogue of recordings that has taken him from ball parks to Broadway, Elton John managed another career milestone recently. He proved himself a good sport.
As guest host two weekends ago of Saturday Night Live, the veteran piano man appeared as himself in a flat-out hilarious sketch (yes, SNL still manages one every so often) about the upcoming royal wedding. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were portrayed by cast members Fred Armisen and Bill Nader as foul-mouthed, Cockney-accented guttersnipes who ridiculed the singer's career.
"Are you going to change the words to Candle in the Wind again?" the mock Queen asked.
Sir Elton got the best laugh, though, when referring to his baby son Zachary in the show's opening monologue ("10 fingers, 10 toes and $400 million").
As John heads to Kentucky for the first time in nearly a decade, we can add another equally impressive accolade to his mantle of accomplishments. For much of the past year, he has crusaded on behalf of one of his foremost musical heroes, Leon Russell. He cut an album with the longstanding, multigenre pop pianist (The Union), which stands as the finest recording that either artist has released in nearly two decades, gave the induction speech for Russell's entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March and hit the road with his mentoring inspiration for a series of arena shows this year.
There is no word on whether Russell will be part of John's concert Friday night at Louisville's KFC Yum Center. But the two did perform an eight-song segment from The Union at John's March 26 concert in Baltimore.
Even if John goes it alone, there will be no scarcity of familiar material. Now 64, John flaunts the obvious onstage. The most recent items in his set lists of late have been a pair of early-'80s hits (Sad Songs and I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues). The rest of the repertoire belongs to material composed from 1970 to 1975. Of particular interest is a three song selection (Levon, Tiny Dancer and the title tune) from what stands, from a personal standpoint, as John's greatest album: 1971's Madman Across the Water.
And, yes, Candle in the Wind is in the current repertoire, too — the original 1973 version, that is. No doubt Her Majesty will be pleased. Or vexed.
Michael Hewitson, personal manager for Elton John, and percussionist Ray Cooper attended the premiere of Alberta Ballet's Love Lies Bleeding in Calgary on behalf of the British pop icon. (Margo Kelly/CBC)
Chad Batka for The New York Times
Tribeca Film Festival to Kick Off with Free April 20 Screening of The Union Documentary About Elton John and Leon Russellhttp://www.theatermania.com/new-york/news/04-2011/tribeca-film-festival-to-kick-off-with-free-april_36192.html
|Elton John and Leon Russell in publicity image for The Union|
(Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Attendees will need a TFF wristband to be seated at the event, which will be distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, on April 20 at 4pm.
As previously reported, John will make an appearance at, and perform after, the screening.
For TheaterMania's previous story on Tribeca Film Festival entries, including works featuring stage veterans such as Orlando Bloom, Carol Channing, Toni Collette, Keira Knightley, Campbell Scott, and Kathleen Turner, click here.
For more information on the festival, click here.
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