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Face to Face

One week ago in 1970, the Elton John album was released in America and England. Your Song was the best known track, and many years later, Elton and Ronan-Keating did the number at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Elton and Gary-Barlow performed Your Song as a duet as well. They appeared via video stream from their respective homes. Gary came up with the idea to have online Crooner Sessions with his pals during the Covid lockdown.

In 2013, Elton and Gary got together to record Face-to-Face, a rather pleasant song which appeared on the latter’s album Since I Saw You Last.

It hasn’t been long since Elton and Bernie Taupin last saw each other. On Friday night, Elton attended the opening of his songwriting partner’s new exhibit at Iconic-Images-Piccadilly, Old Friends: Two Sides of the Sixties. These are 15 re-workings of ’60s images from the archive of the late Terry O’Neill. Bernie called it a ”wonderful night full of joy and old friends.” Others in attendance included musicians Ray Cooper and Pete Townshend as well as actors Gary Oldman and Kiefer Sutherland, according to the Daily Mail.


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Bernie caught one of Elton’s O2 shows earlier in the week. So did Manchester United‘s Scott McTominay. He was thrilled to meet Elton before he went onstage. He was just as excited when Elton dedicated Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to him and his girlfriend, Cam-Reading, afterwards.


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Elton has been receiving glowing reviews for his O2 performances, with more than one reporter saying that he will be missed. What will you miss about the live appearances? Perhaps the excitement that builds up as the audience anticipates his arrival when (as is often the case) Funeral-for-a-Friend/Love-Lies-Bleeding is the opening number?

Elton’s final O2-Arena appearance is set for 30 May, and the venue is offering an opportunity to win VIP suite tickets and a signed tour poster. In addition, the winner receives a gift from the Elton John Eyewear line.

Another competition, sponsored by Glastonbury and their partner, Vodafone/UK, has a chance to attend the June festival, where the A-listers will include Elton. We think ”it ain’t gonna be easy,” to quote the track from A Single Man, but one lucky eagle-eyed fan who can spot how many phones are in their campsite picture, will score tickets. Actually, it’s more than one fortunate fan, as there are three pairs of tickets to be distributed.

Also in June will be the V-&-A-Museum’s new exhibit, DIVA, featuring subjects like Elton, Marilyn Monroe, and Rihanna.

Remember the Divas Live concert on 13 April, 1999? It was held on behalf of VH1‘s Save The Music Foundation. One of our favourite segments was when Elton performed Like-Father-Like-Son from Aida. The New York Times disagreed, calling it ”a tuneless parody of his older songs.”

The Sun has given a thumbs-down to Selfridges‘ recent Elton John pop-up . . . at least when it came to the prices. A clutch bag, for instance, cost over 1800 pounds. Meanwhile, The Mary Sue said many items were ”ridiculous and overpriced,” like 40 pounds for a small box of chocolates. They concede, though, that the grand piano design is rather cool.

Far more serious is the review of how New Zealand’s Auckland Transport handled a disaster which led to the cancellation of Elton’s concert at Mt Smart Stadium on 27 JanuaryStuff has learned that three hours before Elton was to make his entrance, they already knew that part of their rail network was under floodwater. A spokesperson claims their social media communications have since improved.

It was also at Mt Smart Stadium in 2020 that due-to-illness, Elton had to end his show early. He was in tears but received an ovation as he was escorted away by several assistants.

We’ll wrap up on a more cheerful note. . . .

Elton is among the entertainers appearing on a new mural. It was commissioned by Rogers-Place in Edmonton, Canada, to pay tribute to the city’s ”love of the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, and some of the iconic concerts we’ve seen at the arena.”

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