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Post  misery guts on Fri May 18, 2018 7:23 am

Classic Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Seen this so many times, surprised I've not reviewed it before. From 2001, with Elton, Bernie, producer Gus Dudgeon, Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone, Tim Rice and many others, considering about half the tracks on the double album, the early years, the aborted Jamaica trip, and how the album reflects a series of vignettes from Hollywood and elsewhere, and how at that time, the creative process was at such a peak that all their shots hit coconuts, so to speak. Throw in the mysterious success of Bennie and the Jets, the other candidates for Candle in the Wind, and weird singing styles in Roy Rogers and others, and it's a cracking little treat of a show.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:46 am

Better news for once:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45599730
Sir Elton John and David Furnish have accepted "significant" libel damages over a newspaper allegation that their dog inflicted "Freddy Krueger-like" injuries on a child at a play date.
The couple brought proceedings against News Group Newspapers over a front page story in The Sun on Sunday in February.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:36 am

He's getting the biopic treatment, with Taron Egerton taking the lead role in "Rocketman" (I recently saw him in the lead role in "Eddie the Eagle", in which he was very good).

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rocketman-first-look-taron-egerton-transforms-elton-john-1147705
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 20, 2019 9:09 am

Rocketman is now on release. Same director, Dexter Fletcher, as the Queen effort, but early reviews are less positive towards this.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 27, 2019 8:09 am

Rocketman - Special
Half-hour promo piece with Alex Zane talking to star Taron Egerton, the director, producer and some of the other cast. Taron did his own vocals, and impressed with his contribution to the animated film Sing. Elton's music crops up in a surprising amount of other films. And so on.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:12 am

The soundtrack album entered the charts at #5!  Surprised 

Less good news from Russia, which has censored parts of the film, and Elton himself ranted onstage about his dismay over the ongoing Brexit fiasco, he being very much a Remainer.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:49 am

France have awarded Sir Elton their Legion of Honour, their highest civilian award:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48727639
Elton John wrote: "I have a huge love affair with France: I have a house here, I've always loved coming here, I love the French culture, the way of life and the French people."

The performer's charity, The Elton John Aids Foundation, has generated more than £310m for HIV prevention, education and support.
Well done then.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:55 am

His much-awaited memoir, Me, was on sale from yesterday.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:25 am

Elton John: Uncensored
Apparently his only interview of the year, with Irish talk show host Graham Norton. They talked about the farewell tour, the biopic, theatre projects, meeting Winifred Attwell and Liberace (separately), how he met Bernie Taupin by chance, his penchant for costumes on stage, battles with his hair, and the press, being sober for 29 years (after 16 dodgy years), being introduced to martinis in Nice by Duran Duran, introducing David Furnish to his mother at a lunch with Michael Jackson, brushes with death and prostate cancer, and hopes for a future residency at which he could perform less famous chunks of his repertoire.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:02 am

The Rocketman biopic won 2 gongs at the Golden Globes, both for Taron Egerton in the main role, and for a new song, I'm Gonna Love Me Again.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:03 am

misery guts wrote:The Rocketman biopic won 2 gongs at the Golden Globes, both for Taron Egerton in the main role, and for a new song, I'm Gonna Love Me Again.
IGLMA also won an Oscar!
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:54 am

Less happy news as he was forced to cancel a gig partway through as he was suffering with a form of pneumonia that rendered his voice inadequate.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:02 am

A somewhat surprising name from his past has resurfaced:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53184151

Sir Elton John's ex-wife, Renate Blauel, has launched a legal action against the singer at the high court.
The German-born sound engineer is seeking an injunction against Sir Elton, who she married in 1984.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:53 am

Showreel: Elton John
More of the usual selection of hits, though a few surprising choices like Healing Hands and Something About The Way You Look Tonight.

Also connected was a tribute from the Royal Mint:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53299892
Rock legend Elton John is to be commemorated on a £1,000 gold coin celebrating his musical legacy.

He said it was a "fabulous honour" and a "truly humbling milestone".

The Royal Mint at Llantrisant in south Wales is to sell coins featuring Sir Elton's glasses and straw boater hat to mark his career of more than 50 years.

Artist Bradley Morgan Johnson from Norwich used a musical note design to create round spectacles topped with hat and bow-tie on a Union flag background.

"It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way," said Sir Elton.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:36 am

misery guts wrote:A somewhat surprising name from his past has resurfaced:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53184151

Sir Elton John's ex-wife, Renate Blauel, has launched a legal action against the singer at the high court.
The German-born sound engineer is seeking an injunction against Sir Elton, who she married in 1984.
More about this now. She wants £3m over stuff from his memoir and the Rocketman biopic which related to the time of their marriage, which he wasn't supposed to.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:56 am

misery guts wrote:
misery guts wrote:A somewhat surprising name from his past has resurfaced:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53184151

Sir Elton John's ex-wife, Renate Blauel, has launched a legal action against the singer at the high court.
The German-born sound engineer is seeking an injunction against Sir Elton, who she married in 1984.
More about this now. She wants £3m over stuff from his memoir and the Rocketman biopic which related to the time of their marriage, which he wasn't supposed to.
They've resolved it now:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54544607
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