ELTON JOHN AND HIS BAND
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Elton John turns interviewer to Lady Gaga
London, May 14 : Singer Elton John, who named pop star Lady Gaga as godmother to his baby son Zachary, quizzed her recently for a fashion magazine about her bizzare wardrobe.
"There are no rules" when it comes to deciding upon her outrageous outfits and she loves nothing better than mixing couture with new custom-made designs from her own creative team, as she did while working on the promo for her new single," she said.
"We were laughing on the set of the Judas video - we had 50 racks of couture and I wore leather, Motorhead panties made of a vintage T-shirt, custom from young designers who are my friends, my own creations, and archive Christian Lacroix from a museum," she added.
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Professional Rodeo Men Battle Elton John’s Songwriter During a Santa Ynez Valley Party
Thursday, July 31, 2008
And whenever the Challenge Tour comes to town, it’s also cause for celebration up in the Santa Ynez Valley, where Bernie Taupin hosts a barbecue and horse cutting competition. Famous for being Elton John’s songwriter, Taupin also raises horses in the valley, and during the afternoon barbecue, he challenges the riders from the Challenge Tour to a cutting competition.
Western riding style, where the rider and horse pick a calf from a small herd and use the horse’s agility and speed to keep the calf from getting back to the herd. The sport evolved from cattle ranches where it was the cutting horse’s job to pick out each calf one by one to vaccinate, castrate, and sort. Eventually competition arose from the best horses and riders in ranch areas.
This year’s event was held on Wednesday, July 30 on the ranch, which is located east of Highway 154 beneath Figueroa Mountain. Both the calves and quarter horses were very quick, and Taupin proved to be a very good rider, easily rising to the competition in the first round. But in the end, Taupin was beaten by PRB’s top-ranked rider Guilherme Marchi from Brazil.
Other riders at the event included Luke Snyder from Raymore, Missouri, who explained that he got into bull riding when he was eight years old and went to rodeo school to learn the basics, from putting on gear to actual riding. Snyder is like many of the top pros, who’ve been riding since they were kids on the ranches where they grew up, learning about the danger of riding large, bucking animals while hanging on for dear life. After eight years of professional riding, Snyder is currently ranked 15th in the world.
It’s a similar story for Travis Briscoe, who’s been a pro for three years and was clearly the youngest of the group at Taupin’s ranch on Wednesday. “I’ve been doing this since I was in diapers,” he explained with a cowboy swagger. Though that may be an exaggeration, bull riding is as much a part of these men’s lives as taking out the trash. Greg Potter, from Rock Hampton, Australia, gleefully remembered being “a bunch of crazy kids jumping on cows” on his family’s farm.
As you might expect, along with the glories of bull riding come many injuries. “Mighty” Mike White is going on his 11th year as a pro. At 31 years old, he’s broken his neck twice, but still climbs up into the chute and on the back of a bucking beast many times larger than he. “Anybody who does it long enough, you’re going to get hurt,” he explained. “If you didn’t love it, you’d definitely quit.”
Of course, many people don’t care about the riders getting hurt - plenty of people don’t like the rodeo because they’re worried about the animals. Many animal lovers picket outside the rodeo - including those who protest on Las Positas Road near the showgrounds during Fiesta in Santa Barbara- and claim that it amounts to animal cruelty. But those involved quickly dispute such claims.
Potter, who’s been out of the circuit recently due to a shoulder injury, has taken to doing public relations for PBR. He said that all the animals involved are worth between $100,000 and $200,000, and are given the best possible care. Each animal is owned by a private contractor, who is responsible for keeping them healthy and able to perform. “If a bull is sore or limping,” explained Potter, “the contractor won’t buck them.” But they will pay up to $15,000 for veterinarian visits, he said.
Promoter Mitch Williams explained that everyone thinks that the flank strap - which is tied around the bull’s flank and holds the genital away from the action - makes them buck. That’s not true, he said, as that would adversely affect the performance of the bull. Instead, Williams explained, the bulls buck because they are bred to.
THE ROXY BACKSTAGE 1976
Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Howard Kaylan, Bernie Taupin and Alice Cooper backstage at The Roxy for a Flo & Eddie show. Bernie is holding Andy's two year old daughter Stacey .
But aren't we getting ahead of ourselves? Only this week did Bethel pull out its biggest stop yet, announcing a one-night-only engagement with Elton John that will likely close out the pavilion on Sept. 3. This one is truly huge.
"On a scale of 1-10, it was a 10.5," said McNeil about nailing down Sir Elton for the date. "A premium talent, world icon."
While John is arguably the biggest name ever aligned with Bethel Woods, he's not the first "world icon" to take the pavilion stage. Bob Dylan has been there twice, Sting set up shop with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra last year, and then there's Janet Jackson. Coming Aug. 4 with her 10 No. 1 U.S. hits, Jackson is another huge acquisition for Bethel Woods.
"She's beyond pop music — two-plus hours of 35 No. 1 songs," said McNeil, referencing chart-toppers in other countries. "She's that artist that isn't classic rock, and a 13-year-old can come with her mother and they'll both enjoy the show."
Another show the kids will enjoy with the 'rents? Selena Gomez brings her Disney charm and radio-friendly pop to Bethel the very next night.
But the true strength of Bethel is in how it embraces the Hudson Valley's diverse but discerning audience. Hall & Oates seemed like a perfect Bethel Woods show — that's happening June 15. A few veterans of '70s rock are usually part of the season, and this year it's Deep Purple (June 12), Yes and Styx (July 12) and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers (Aug. 19).
Classical music? Check out the New York Philharmonic (July 3), the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (Aug. 6), the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with Neil Sedaka (Aug. 21) and the New York Pops (Sept. 2). Even modern rock twists to good vibes (311 and Sublime July 25) and a night out with friends (Goo Goo Dolls July 30). Country fans get Tim McGraw (July 10).
There is something for everyone this year at Bethel Woods, but it's a something that's very well assembled.
"We're a historic site from a decade that has all this influence in rock 'n' roll," said McNeil, "and 40 years later you find the right acts that are influenced by it."
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Standing: Elton John and Robert Jess Roth; Seated: Bernie Taupin, Anne Rice and Linda Woolverton Photo
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Caption: Standing: Elton John and Robert Jess Roth; Seated: Bernie Taupin, Anne Rice and Linda Woolverton
From: Photo Flash: Lestat, Set for Broadway Previews on March 25
Date Taken: 2006-03-14
Elton John meets David Cassidy and are being held together by Maxine Taupin, wife of songwriter and Elton's partner, Bernie Taupin.
(Hit Parader, 1973)
(Thanks to Beth L. on the David Cassidy chat list who forwarded this.)