Biografia Elton John

Biografia Elton John
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Elton John in China, the classic music man

Elton John, the classic music man

By Zhang Rui
November 26, 2012

We should feel honored and blessed to have Sir Elton John performing in China. It presents us with the rare opportunity to witness the live music from a global icon.

The 65-year-old veteran singer pulled off a concert in Beijing on Sunday, his second time greeting his Chinese fans since 2004. He had just performed another concert the Friday night before in Shanghai.

"Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man," "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Candle in the Wind," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock," etc., John belted out one classic after another inside Beijing's former Olympic basketball venue, now renamed the MasterCard Center. There are simply too many hits in his 50-year-spanning career and 30 album-filling repertoire for him to pick and choose from.

Elton John has never in his concert wasted a single minute to bring the cheering crowds to pure ecstasy. The drum beats are heavy, the piano is overwhelming, the guitar is strumming wildly, the vocals are stunning and the vibe is just trembling. Although Elton John no longer wears his over-the-top 1970s and 1980s pomp and circumstance costumes any more, the music speaks for itself.

He and his old band members, including Scottish guitarist Davey Johnstone and longtime drummer Nigel Olsson, as well as his new friends and opening act 2Cellos, gave a profoundly powerful and ravishing performance.

It is worth to notice that not one, but two of his backup singers were actually Rose Stone, co-founder of the 1970s soul group Sly and the Family Stone, and Lisa Stone, Rose's daughter - though most Chinese audiences may not know who they are.

The encores were routine but touching: "Your Song" and "The Lion King"- theme "Circle of Life," with the accompanying Disney classic's footage showing on the stage's massive screens. The grand African intro took the beautiful remix of song to its next level. On the other hand, many Chinese were still left disappointed because they thought he would opt to sing another "The Lion King" hit: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," the Oscar-winning song that once captured the hearts of many in China. But he didn't.

Yet the classics were never absent this night. Elton John, at his age, with such energy, reassured everyone that he is the one and only, the classic icon, the classic man.

Elton John dedicates show to Chinese artist Ai

Elton John dedicates show to Chinese artist Ai

BEIJING:Pop icon Elton John publicly dedicated his only concert in Beijing to Chinese artist and political critic Ai Weiwei, sending a murmur of shock through an audience accustomed to tight censorship of entertainment.    

Minutes into a more than two-hour show Sunday night, John told the audience that the performance was dedicated ”to the spirit and talent of Ai Weiwei,” according to several audience members.

They said the crowd rumbled in recognition that Ai remains a touchy subject for the Chinese government.

An internationally acclaimed sculptor and installation artist, Ai has used his art and his renown to draw attention to social injustice. He was detained for nearly three months last year, and he remains barred from leaving China.

Ai and John met each other briefly on Sunday before the concert. ”I super like him,” Ai said on his feed on Twitter, which is banned in China but on which he has 180,000 followers.

China-based online media sites reported on John’s Beijing show, as they did on a Friday night performance in Shanghai, but they did not report John’s remark about Ai.

The Chinese government exercises tight control of live performances, requiring artists to submit detailed lists of songs, casts and crew members before approval is given. Censors further tightened scrutiny after singer Bjork shouted ”Tibet, Tibet” at the close of a song titled ”Declare Independence” at a Shanghai performance in 2008.

Malaysian Islamic party urges Elton John show ban

Malaysian Islamic party urges Elton John show ban

Elton John performs during his concert in Beijing on November 25. An Islamic political party on Tuesday urged the government of predominantly Muslim Malaysia to ban a concert by John, saying the openly gay British pop icon promotes "immoral" values.
AFP - An Islamic political party on Tuesday urged the government of predominantly Muslim Malaysia to ban a concert by Elton John, saying the openly gay British pop icon promotes "immoral" values.

John, who is popular in Malaysia, is scheduled to perform on Thursday at a resort outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.

"This concert must be cancelled. Artists who are involved in gay and lesbian activities must not be allowed to perform in Malaysia as they will promote the wrong values," Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, chief of the youth wing of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), told AFP.

The legendary singer-songwriter, who is on the Asian leg of a worldwide tour, performed in Malaysia last November to a sell-out crowd despite a similar protest from the Islamic party.

The 65-year-old singer was married to his Canadian partner David Furnish, 49, in a civil ceremony in England in 2005. On Christmas Day 2010 they became parents to a child conceived using a donor egg and born to a surrogate mother.

Nasrudin said PAS did not plan any street protests to oppose the concert, but "will instead demand that authorities cancel the immoral performance to protect our society from social degradation".

On Monday, John courted controversy during a performance in China by dedicating his Beijing show to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

PAS often protests concerts by Western acts, saying they promote promiscuity and corrupt the minds of youngsters.

The party is a key member of an opposition alliance led by Anwar Ibrahim that hopes to unseat Malaysia's long-ruling coalition in elections that must be called by mid-2013.

Homosexuality has long been taboo in Malaysia, where 60 percent of the population is Muslim and sodomy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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