Biografia Elton John

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quarta-feira, 7 de setembro de 2011

Elton John David Furnish Lemon to Address AIDS Conference

Furnish, Lemon to Address AIDS Conference

Elton John AIDS Foundation chairman David Furnish and out CNN anchor Don Lemon have joined the lineup of speakers at this year’s U.S. Conference on AIDS.

From left: Don Lemon, David Furnish
Elton John AIDS Foundation chairman David Furnish and out CNN anchor Don Lemon have joined the lineup of speakers at this year’s U.S. Conference on AIDS.

Furnish will deliver the keynote address at an opening plenary session at the event, hosted by the National Minority AIDS Council, taking place November 10-13 in Chicago. This year the plenary and the entire the conference will focus on gay men.

Lemon will also speak during the plenary, as will Arizona state senator Jack Jackson, a gay member of the Navajo tribe who was recently appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; Mondo Guerra, a former Project Runway contestant who came out on the show as gay and HIV-positive; and Tony-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday, a longtime LGBT ally and AIDS activist.

“We are extremely excited about this important session,” said Daniel C. Montoya, deputy executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council, in a press release. The conference’s focus on gay men is appropriate, he added, given “the devastating impact this epidemic continues to have on gay and bisexual men, especially gay men of color.”

For more information or to register for the conference, click here.

2011 United States Conference on AIDS - November 10-13

2011 United States Conference on AIDS

November 10-13, 2011
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago, IL

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) will host the 15th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) November 10-13, 2011, in Chicago, IL. This marks the first time USCA, the largest annual AIDS gathering in the country, will take place in the Mid-West, one of the regions most heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS nationwide.

The meeting brings together over 3,000 HIV professionals to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.

This website includes all information about 2011 USCA in Chicago, including the call for abstracts to solicit proposals from people working in the field of HIV/AIDS who are interested in convening a seminar, workshop, round table, or poster presentation at the conference. Registration and Scholarship Application forms are also available. You can also find information about sponsorship/partnership, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities.

For more information about USCA, or to submit abstracts, registration and scholarship applications online, download the official 2011 USCA Conference Brochure and the 2011 USCA Exhibitor Prospectus.

Additional questions may also be referred directly to the Conferences and Meeting Services Division at or (202) 483-NMAC (6622).

You can follow 2011 USCA on Twitter at to keep up with breaking news and to receive deadline reminders. We also suggest that you join the NMAC/USCA Facebook group at

The journey toward a world without HIV/AIDS requires the skills, experience and passion that each of us brings to this struggle. As the 2011 USCA approaches, I hope we can count on you to join us as we renew our spirit and recommit ourselves to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


Paul A. Kawata
Executive Director
National Minority AIDS Council

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Elton John countdown is on

Elton John is seen in concert at Madison Square Garden in New York last March. He will be performing in Summerside on Sept. 14 and 15.
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Elton John is seen in concert at Madison Square Garden in New York last March. He will be performing in Summerside on Sept. 14 and 15.
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The countdown is on to the Rocket Man’s arrival in Summerside.
On Sept. 14 Sir Elton John arrives in the city to perform the first of two sold-out shows at Credit Union Place. But before the legendary performer takes the stage, there’s lots of work to be done.
“Essentially, it is just a lot of changeover from hockey to concert - glass being pulled, floor being laid, staging getting put in place, chairs on the floor, all that kind of stuff in preparation for the crew to arrive on the 14th,” said the city’s events development officer JP Desrosiers.
Work begins Sunday evening and will continue day and night until it is complete.
Desrosiers estimated at least 20 people would be pulling out boards and glass and laying floor on top of the ice surface prior to the arrival of Elton John’s lighting, sound and stage crew.
“In terms of staffing for the day of the event we have around 40 volunteer ushers and another 40 or so security guards, an awful lot of concession staff and cooking staff for the catering component,” he added “It’s definitely three times what it would be on a normal day.”
Desrosiers couldn’t comment on the show itself, the setup, when Elton John is arriving in the city and if he plans to stay overnight Wednesday.
“It’s pretty confidential stuff, his requirements.”
Hundreds of fans who thought they had secured tickets, receiving either a notification when they purchased online or had credit cards billed, have all been reimbursed, said community services director Bobby Dunn.
He estimated about 200 were in that situation. The city is now reviewing how tickets were sold for both concerts.
“Our review is still going on with our IT, administration and Theatre Manager (ticketing software). When that process is finished we will give you a report on where we are going,” said Dunn. “We are either going to stick with the existing system or upgrade to another system.”
Dunn does feel for those who thought they secured tickets to one of the shows. When asked if he felt the error would leave a black mark on Credit Union Place’s ability to hold such huge events in the future, he said the issue wasn’t isolated to the Summerside venue.
“I’m told this happens everywhere. Cape Breton had a thousand. We had 700 errors,” added Dunn. “I’m told in Toronto, even with some of the bigger ticket venue companies, there are still problems but people in Toronto are so used to it.”
He said there are plans to meet with Live Nation representatives while they’re in the city for next week’s concerts about any recommendations that company has regarding online and box office ticket sale for future events.
For now, staff at Credit Union Place is excited and anxious for next week.
“It’s something only a few people get to do, host Elton John,” said Desrosiers. “There’s a little bit of ...healthy nervousness, but we’re obviously really excited to see all our hard work come to life.”
Doors open each night at 7 with Elton John expected to take the stage at 8 p.m.

X Factor's David Wilder was signed to Elton John’s record label

X Factor hopeful David Wilder previously had Elton John as a label mate when he was a songwriter in the 80s.

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The eccentric 50-year-old penned tracks for the now defunct DJM Records, which released some of Elton John’s early work and also featured Fleetwood Mac’s Danny Kirwan on the roster.
Wilder gave an energetic performance of David Bowie’s Life on Mars during X Factor auditons, appalling and enthralling the judges in equal measure and making it through to the next round.
A friend told The Sun: ‘David wanted to be known as a songwriter. He enjoyed it but his ego was too big for a behind-the-scenes role so he packed it in to concentrate on being an artist.’
The rocker, who has previously battled cancer, said he wants to show off some of the songs he has written, saying: ‘I need to use X Factor as a springboard to make people aware I am here and that I have a lot of music to offer, a lot of songs to offer.’

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Elton John and Freddie Mercury Fred Mercury Live

19.11.1982 - Guest appearance: Freddie Mercury live in Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK (with Elton John) Artist     Freddie Mercury
Date     19.11.1982
Venue     Apollo Theatre
City     Manchester
Country     UK
Additional info     with Elton John
Setlist     1. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
2. I Saw Her Standing There
3. Twist & Shout
Support band     none or unknown



ELTON'S TEARFUL FAREWELL Grieving Elton John said a tearful farewell to fellow superstar Freddie Mercury yesterday with the words: "I' will love you always." Elton's message was pinned to a massive wreath of pink roses shaped as a heart. The note added: "Thank you for being my friend." But the emotional tribute could not reflect the true loss felt by red-eyed Elton as he left AIDS victim Freddie's funeral. Tears streamed down his cheeks as he walked forlornly to his green Bentley before being driven off.

Freddie's Queen comrades were equally distraught. And as they filed away, it was announced that the band's best known hit Bohemian Rhapsody would be re-released next month to raise money for AIDS charities. The song will almost certainly be the Christmas No. 1.

In another gesture, planned by Freddie before his death last Sunday, the piles of flowers laid at West London Crematorium will cheer AIDS patients. They were gathered up after the service to be taken to hospitals caring for sufferers.

Elton John’s venue « One night in Vevey », Saturday, September 8th, has been announced to the press a little more than 15 days ago. The team contacted immediately the organisers of this event and booked some tickets to be sold with our Freddie Memorial Day program services.

The connection between our event and Elton John’s venue is evident.
Elton and Freddie were not only simple pales. They were very good friends.
Everything started in 1975. Queen and Elton John had the same manager named John Reid, and since they were touring a lot, they had not more than 3 opportunities to see each other in the same town! Then, of course, they spent their leisure time together.

And 1982, in Munich, while Freddie was present at Elton’s concert there, Elton announced to the audience: “And now, I shall dedicate this next song to my friend Freddie”. The title was “I Am Still Standing”! As a reference to Freddie whose leg was in plaster that evening!

For the last 6 months of Freddie’s life, before he passed away on November 24th, 1991, due to bronchial pneumonia caused by aids, Elton would regularly visit him at Garden Lodge. Elton declared, some times later, in a BBC broadcast, in honour to his lost friend: “Freddie Mercury was an amazing and innovatory singer. A great showman and one of my best friends. It is a privilege to have been close to him, he was very funny and at the same time completely excessive and extravagant but also very kind.” gives all Freddie Mercury fans the possibility to attend this unique Elton John’s venue with certainly a few surprises.

Elton John: My lost friends

ELTON JOHN has told of his trauma at losing many close pals including Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

And the death that haunts him most is that of his best friend, fashion designer Gianni Versace, shot dead in Miami in 1997.
Elton poured out his heart as he chatted exclusively to me about his new album, The Captain And The Kid, in his plush West London home.
It is a follow-up to his 1975 classic, Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, and the most moving track is one all about loss, called Blues Never Fade Away.
The 59-year-old star says: “This song is about how life is so unfair when great people go and others don’t. The third verse is about Gianni, the unfairness of it all and how the pain never goes away.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of people like Gianni and Diana and John Lennon and other friends who have gone needlessly.
“Two of my best friends have been murdered on their doorsteps in America ? I don’t think many people can say that.
“There’s always some little memory that brings you back to it. I miss John Lennon’s laugh and every day I wish Gianni was alive because we were soul mates.”
There’s a break in Elton’s voice when he talks about Gianni and he rubs his eyes, which are masked by a pair of trademark shades.
Another death which devastated him was that of pal Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991. Elton believes the only star to come close to him in terms of talent and popularity is Robbie Williams.

Best mates ... Elton with Versace
Best mates ... Elton with Versace
He says: “We haven’t really had anyone as outrageous as Freddie and his Britishness was part of what made him so great. People like Prince are equally as talented but nowhere near as outrageous.
“Robbie Williams has done it to a certain extent and he has that British attitude that people love.
“Robbie is the biggest solo star in the world right now and he should be proud of that.

“He’s doing something daring with his music. He’s trying new things and I respect him for it.
“Rudebox (Robbie’s new album) isn’t really my taste but he’s done all his Robbie Williams albums, now he’s trying something different.”
Elton and Robbie haven’t always seen eye to eye ? such as when Robbie accused the flamboyant singer of “kidnapping” him when Elton sent him to a rehab clinic to help him get off drugs in 1997.
And Elton has since referred to Robbie as being “not a well budgie.”

Elt 'n John ... on stage with Lennon in New York
Elt 'n' John ... on stage with Lennon in New York 1974
The pair haven’t spoken for years but Elton still has some good advice for his ex-pal, which he says he learned from spending time in therapy for his addictions to booze and cocaine.
He reckons Robbie should stop obsessing about getting even with old enemies such as Take That manager Nigel Martin-Smith.
He says: “I wish he would please just let it all go.
“All it is doing is burning a hole inside of him, eating him up, making him angry and miserable.
“He should give himself a pat on the back and be proud of what he’s achieved. He’s proved himself ? he doesn’t have to do it any more. He’s the No 1 star in the world.
“He should just let the other s*** go and if he can’t, then he needs to see someone and talk about it.
“It’s one of the things I learned from getting sober ? to just let the past go.”
There is no one better qualified than Elton to hand out advice on the pitfalls of fame ? because he’s seen and done it all.
Drink, drugs, depression, suicide attempts ? you name it.

Rock 'n Royal ... joking with Princess Diana in 1993
Rock 'n' Royal ... joking with Princess Diana in 1993
Thankfully he came through the other side, got sober and settled down with long-term partner David Furnish, to whom he is now “married”.
And now, as he prepares to turn 60 next year, it is obvious that Elton is the happiest he has ever been.
To celebrate his milestone Elton is planning a special performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
It will be his 60th show at the venue ? a record no other artist has come close to. The thing that amazes me about Elton is his youthful outlook on life.
He is so obsessed with music that there isn’t an album he hasn’t got, or a new artist he doesn’t know about.
He is a huge fan of bands such as the Arctic Monkeys and The Feeling, and he thinks Nelly Furtado’s Maneater is one of the best songs of the year.
He thinks Bob Dylan got it all wrong when he said all modern records are “atrocious.”
Elton says: “He obviously doesn’t listen to as much music as I do. I understand where Dylan is coming from but I don’t think he listens to enough modern music.
“I love hip-hop, I love the beats, that’s why I’m doing a hip-hop album.
“I spoke to Eminem last week. He’s not retired but he’s been through a hell of a year. I was due to fly to Detroit to write some songs with him on the day that his friend Proof was shot. But it didn’t happen due to the tragic circumstances.
“But I’m working with him and Pharrell (Williams) and others on a new album.”
When I ask if Elton would be embarrassing himself by rapping on the album, he jokes: “The only thing that I will be rapping, dear, are Christmas presents!”
Besides music, his other big passion is soccer ? and he has typically strong views about former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson. Elton, a former director at his beloved Watford FC, says: “Sven had no passion ? there was no sweat on his shirt. I watched (Portugal coach) big Phil Scolari and he was going nuts with passion. No wonder he’s beaten us twice now.
“I think the players had too much power under Sven. He was weak and there wasn’t enough discipline.”
But Elton is pleased that new boss Steve McClaren has seen some sense ? even if it did mean dropping Elt’s old pal David Beckham as captain.
He says: “I agree with the new manager that there shouldn’t be all this celebrity surrounding our players. The WAGS shouldn’t have been at the World Cup. You have to make sacrifices if you want to be successful and if it means being away from your wife for four weeks then so be it.”

Chat ... Elton with Victoria
Elton says David would have been “gutted” about being axed, but adds it may give him the “kick up the pants” he needs to get back in the team.
The singer is godfather to the Beckhams’ sons Brooklyn and Romeo and has been close friends with the family for years.
They haven’t seen each other for a long while but Elton says he sent a message of support to David when he was given the England bombshell.
He says: “David put his heart and soul into being an England player and I know he was so proud to be the England captain so it has got to have hurt him a lot.
“He stood down as captain in a very elegant way, before he was booted out, but I think he was very close to Sven and that didn’t help. But England have a terrific captain in John Terry.”

Queen - Live At Wembley Stadium (Exclusive stream)

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To celebrate Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday, we are streaming a continuos version of Queen's legendary 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium.


1. One Vision
2. Tie Your Mother Down
3. In the Lap of the Gods
4. Seven Seas of Rhye
5. A Kind of Magic
6. Another One Bites the Dust
7. Who Wants To Live Forever
8. I Want to Break Free
9. Impromptu
10. Brighton Rock
11. Now I'm Here
12. Love of My Life
13. Is This the World We Created
14. Bohemian Rhapsody
15. Hammer To Fall
16. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
17. Radio Ga Ga
18. We Will Rock You
19. Friends Will Be Friends
20. We Are the Champions
21. God Save the Queen

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