If anyone had a warehouse for all of their plaques, it would likely be Elton. HITS Daily Double has heard of one– and that there’s even a zip code for the building!
Elton’s latest plaque commemorates the Multi-Platinum certification (for two million sales in America) of Diamonds, his collection of hits, which came out in 2017. Sir-Elton thanked the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Universal Music Group, and Universal Music Enterprises for the certification, as well as fans for their support.
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As mentioned in Elton-Blog-50,Tammy Faye was up for Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The Elton/Jake Shears musical lost to Guys & Dolls, but the piano player received another accolade. He got the Editors-Award for bringing a ”collaborative musical spirit” to theatre.
Elton said that other than gigs for charity, he’s pretty much done with live music. On the bright side, he has more time for other projects, such as Goodbye-Yellow-Brick-Road-The-Final-Elton-John-Performances-And-The-Years-That-Made-His-Legend, a documentary set to run on DisneyPlus.
The Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album and Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour have prompted a road sign change. Watford‘s Occupation Road is now Yellow Brick Road.
On BBC Sport‘s Football Focus, Elton mentioned Cole-Palmer, who used to be with Manchester City but is now with Chelsea. ”This boy . . . he’s only gonna learn by playing with the better players.”
Elton John talking about Cole Palmer was not something I was expecting to hear today ?? pic.twitter.com/Eo3kifnEWQ
— CFC-Blues (@CFCBlues_com) November 24, 2023
Another topic was Wrexham. After their promotion to League Two in April, Elton reached out to Ryan Reynolds, one of the team’s owners. He commended Ryan and co-owner Rob McElhenney for turning around Wrexham‘s fortunes in just two years. It’s like the ride, Elton said, that he was on. Of course, he was referring to Watford. Elton gets emotional thinking about how much the club has given him. It brought him ”back down to earth” and was ”a communal effort.” He thinks there’s less of that nowadays in football. Back then, ”you knew the name of everyone, the tea lady, the guy who did the pitch.”
Asked who Watford‘s best player was, Elton went with John Barnes. It’s not known what he thinks about Barnes’ singing skills: He led a Watford singalong for the Rocketman-movie in 2019.
Elton, who recently collaborated with John Preston on the book, Watford Forever, also sat down with Sky-Sports, where he spoke about how ”magical” he finds the club and town.
Step Into Christmas was released 50 years ago, on 23 November. Elton is marking the occasion with a Step-Into-Christmas EP. We don’t see why All Quiet On The Western Front (originally part of Jump Up! and remastered in 2003) is included . . . other than references to ”male angels” and joyous noise.”
Far more logical is Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, which Elton performed at Hammersmith Odeon in London, England. The same goes for Step Into Christmas, also performed in 1973, during a Gilbert O’Sullivan Show appearance.
Another number on the show–one of Gilbert’s–was Get-Down, performed by the host and Elton, seated alongside each other.
A sit-down version of The Lion King comes to Toronto, Canada, next year. This is the second time the city will get a sit-down production, and means an open-ended run rather than passing through while on tour. The new show kicks off on 2 November 2024 at the Princess of Wales Theatre. David Mirvish, whose company built the theatre, said in a news release that he expects it will launch a new generation of Canadian artists.
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We have come to the end of this edition of the Elton Blog–and the last portion of November. That means a new episode of Radio-Elton is available for your listening pleasure. The latest guest is puppeteer Wayne Martin, whose creations have included Elton John marionettes. Wayne even got to show one of them to the man himself!