Tuesday, February 09, 2010

New Album Update

Elton John News: New Album Update - Near Completion

Basic tracks for Bernie and Elton’s new album with Leon Russell have been recently completed and the gang is about to start vocals and overdubs immediately. The trio has cut fifteen songs ranging from Stones like rockers, Country tinged ballads, Gospel and even a Sinatra like weepy similar to something torn from the grooves of “In the Wee Small Hours” As reported before it’s varied in scope and drenched in a rich tapestry of atmospherics. Don’t expect to hear the old EJ/BT sound; this is organic recording unlike anything you’ve heard from our duo before.
More here.  One question.  The trio?  Does that mean Elton, Leon and Bernie?  Will we be hearing some vocals from Bernie?

Will Elton cave to the pressure?

I hope not...
Pro-Palestinian group urges Elton John to cancel upcoming concert in Israel


LONDON — A British academic group that supports Palestinian rights is urging singer Elton John to cancel a summer concert in Israel.

The British Committee for Universities of Palestine says in an open letter to John that it is wrong to perform in Israel because of alleged abuses committed during the Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip last year.

A spokesman for the singer did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The committee's letter says John cannot be morally neutral in the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

John is scheduled to play at a Tel Aviv stadium on June 17. Other major stars including Paul McCartney and Madonna have played in Israel in recent years.