Friday, April 23, 2010

Elton on Idol....

Here he is singing, wait for it, "Your Song" on Idol Gives back last night.  He sounds good, not much roughness, and he looks no "dahs" except for three I noticed (while you're in the worl-dah and "anyway the things is what I really nee-dah!) but that may be a result of the lyrics not presenting the opportunity;

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Elton: "the best record I've made in years"

The obligatory "it's the best thing I've done in years" quote finally emerges about the upcoming Elton/Leon album due out October 19.  It may be just that but, come on, you all knew it had to be coming soon;
He also saluted another of his inspirations, Leon Russell, who he called one of Americas greatest artists and added that hes been forgotten for too many years. Mentioning an upcoming album, due out Oct. 19, that he recorded with Russell and producer T Bone Burnett, Elton previewed the track Never Too Old and called it the best record Ive made in years.

A few tidbits...

From an article found on;
Johnstone, who's married and has seven children, also credited Elton for being "unbelievably supportive" as a friend over the past 39 years.

"I couldn't ask for more from what I've gotten from this career. The chance to continue bringing music to people is great," he said. "It's kind of scary to think I'm in my late 50s and there's still more that I'd like to do."

So, Johnstone strongly endorses Elton's ongoing recording project with Leon Russell, one of rock's most influential pianists, even though the guitarist hasn't taken part in the T Bone Burnett-produced album.

"I've just been giving my support to it. He (Elton) played me all the stuff recently. It's admirable to do a project like this because it's given Leon a new lease on life," Johnstone said of Russell, 68, who's suffered health problems and recently underwent brain surgery. Cameron Crowe, he said, has been filming some studio sessions.

"I think it's revived him, just the interest they've shown Leon," he said. "It's a beautiful project."

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Elton John to Ryan White in Washington Post

So you think this is a love letter from one dear friend to another? Maybe, but not as much as you'd think...

Elton John's letter to Ryan White, 20 years after his death from AIDS

By Sir Elton John
Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dear Ryan,

Twenty years ago this month, you died of AIDS. I would gladly give my fame and fortune if only I could have one more conversation with you, the friend who changed my life as well as the lives of millions living with HIV. Instead, I have written you this letter.

I remember so well when we first met. A young boy with a terrible disease, you were the epitome of grace. You never blamed anyone for the illness that ravaged your body or the torment and stigma you endured.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

So Elton was on Oprah on Friday and....

He sang "Tiny Dancer" and he continued his extremely annoying habit of emphasizing the last syllable of certains lines;

"Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the ban-dah!"
"Pretty eye-dah, oh pirate smile-dah"
"You'll marry a music man..."
"Ballerina, you must have seen her, she was dancing in the san-dah!"
"And now she's in me, always with me, Tiny Dancer in my hand-dah"