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The 2023 Emmy awards–which includes three nominations for Elton-John-LiveFarewell From Dodger Stadium will be held in 2024. Because of the writers and actors strike in Hollywood, California, the event, originally to air in September, will be broadcast on the 15th of January instead.

Besides Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, another important venue on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was the O2 Arena in London, England. Elton played 10 dates there, nine of them in April. Billboard revealed that the April shows grossed a total of $25.3 million, from 148,000 thousand tickets sold.

And who can forget the Glastonbury festival in Somerset, England?

While the reviews of Elton’s Glastonbury appearance in June were mostly positive, Taron Egerton‘s admirers were disappointed. They expected to see him onstage with Elton since he was spotted at the event. In fact, a Taron-fan filmed the actor who was filming Elton during Pinball Wizard!

The 12th August was National Vinyl Record Day which marks the day ”the Wizard of Menlo Park” (AKA Thomas Edison) invented the phonograph at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Californian Gary Frieberg came up with the idea in 2001, three years after starting Rock Art Picture Show, where he sells frames for albums and memorabilia.

LP sales grew 17 percent last year, according to the Recording Industry Association of America . . . even outselling CDs for the first time since 1987. Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player is one of our favourites, and it includes the lovely Blues-For-Baby-And-Me, which Redbook considers to be among Elton’s underrated songs.

We agree with a couple of others on the magazine’s list: Chameleon, from the Blue Moves album, and One-Day-at-a-Time, although that was actually a John Lennon composition.

Earlier this summer, Elton told the BBC‘s Clara Amfo that vinyl is ”such a romantic way of collecting music.” He believes this is also a more method for artists to express themselves.

Elton also spoke about how much he loves vinyl when he was named the first Record-Store-Day-Legend in 2017, and noted that music has been his whole life, his ”soulmate,” really. That year, RSD‘s offerings included an expanded edition of the live radio broadcast 17-11-70 (11-17-70 in the States). There were six additional tracks which were left off the original recording: I Need You To Turn To; Country ComfortBorder Song; Indian Sunset; Your Father’s Gun; and Your Song.

It wasn’t Elton’s music playing but Elvis Presley‘s Suspicious Minds— covered by a band called The-Snugglers–during a recent sighting at a French Riviera eatery. Kevin Spacey was with Elton and David Furnish, both of whom rooted for the actor who had been facing sex charges. Thanks, at least in part to the couple’s testimony, the 64-year-old was acquitted of all charges.


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An actor who played both Louis and Nicolas in Elton and Bernie Taupin‘s Lestat musical has died. Chris Peluso, who also had roles in Mama Mia! and Wicked, was 40, and had been seeking treatment for a schizoaffective disorder.

The showbiz world also recently lost Michael Parkinson. The 88-year-old, who was known as ”the king of the chat show,” was remembered by Elton as ”one of the greats” who ”brought out the very best in his guests.”

While Elton has been taking it easy on the French Riviera, he has still been chatting with Rocket Hour guests. Most recently, Ryan-Beatty was on. Elton said he plans to catch him when his tour stops in London, England.


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Meanwhile, Bernie Taupin has started his U.S. book tour for Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton And Me. On Saturday, Bernie was a headliner at the San Diego Union-Tribune Book Festival in San Diego, California. More appearances follow in September, with two planned for the 12th: a digital streaming event, and an in-person visit to PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York. 12 September is a big day for Bernie, as this is when Scattershot will be published.

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