Do any of you feel sort of lost, now that Elton won’t be touring in support of his upcoming album (date to be announced)? Pete Townshend told Clash magazine that Elton is ”lost,” now that his touring days are over. He thinks his friend is more driven than ever, and took just a couple of weeks to complete an album with Brandi Carlile.
As you know, Elton hasn’t ruled out private shows or fundraisers. In fact, members of the Ferretti-Group got a pre-holiday treat on 19 December, when the star performed for 900 people. He raised money for Save Venice, which aims to preserve the city’s artistic heritage. The concert was held at the Le Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy . . . two decades after Elton appeared at the opera house to mark its reconstruction after a fire in 1996.
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Big Rig, an iHeartRadio DJ, says Elton is no longer touring, but continues to ”schlep” around the world, whether it’s at the opening of a waterpark in the Dominican Republic, the aforementioned private gig in Italy (plus one in Nashville, TN), and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction in Brooklyn, NY. We don’t agree since these appearances are spaced out, so Elton isn’t constantly on the road.
Big Rig might be annoyed then if Elton turns out at Sundance later this month. It’s possible since he is among the executive producers of of a documentary series premiering in the film festival’s Episodic section. The title is Better Angels: The Gospel According to Tammy Faye, and the festival, in Park City, Utah, runs from 18 January through 28 January, with virtual options available the last three days. The score is from Cyrus-Reynolds and Lara Somogyi.
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Anyway, we hope the holidays were enjoyable for our readers as well as Elton and his husband. Their eldest, Zachary, turned 13 on Christmas, and David-Furnish, who says they love him ”to the moon and back,” wonders where the time has gone.)
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Ed Sheeran has released an acoustic version (sans Elton) of Merry Christmas, the 2001 hit he wrote with the Rocket Man. But we wonder whether another of the pair’s compositions, Pull-My-Christmas-Cracker, has been pulled, as it’s yet to be released.
In Michigan, Step-Into-Christmas and smiling faces were the highlights of an illuminated display.
We are reminded of Davey Johnstone‘s first solo album, Smiling Face, which came out in 1973. Ron Sexsmith is a fan of this, as well as Captain-Fantastic-And-The-Brown Dirt Cowboy, released two years later. Eddie Vedder is another ”Captain Fantastic” devotee.
Listening to Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy” album RS pic.twitter.com/K4LFJbCBzT
— Ron Sexsmith 💙 (@RonSexsmith) August 1, 2022
In fact, when Davey Johnstone was on The Greatest Music of All Time podcast in November, the rock-and-roll veteran said Eddie had hoped to join the Elton John Band onstage for Someone Saved My Life Tonight. Davey suggested that he and Eddie might still do the song–perhaps even start a group of their own!
Captain Fantastic‘s We All Fall in Love Sometimes has been credited by American Songwriter for containing some of Bernie Taupin‘s best lyrics. Elton and Bernie’s ”heavy eyes” and ”aching legs” indicate the pressure they were under to succeed as they toured continously in the early days. And Caribou‘s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me kicks off with the ”sweeping and cinematic” line, ”I can’t light no more of your darkness.”
Remember Angelheaded Hipster? That was the 2020 Marc-Bolan-tribute-album on which Elton collaborated with U2. Elton later contributed to a documentary, also called Angelheaded Hipster, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. It is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
How would you feel about seeing an Imax Live Aid film or Disney series on the topic? In November, Bob Geldof dropped hints about both at the EnergaCamerimage festival in Torun, Poland. There’s already a musical opening on 26 January at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England. While Elton and other performers aren’t portrayed, Just-For-One-Day does feature some of their music.
We’ll leave you with more to look forward to. . . . Elton says he has a documentary coming out this year. We assume that’s Goodbye-Yellow-Brick-Road-The-Final-Elton-John-Performances-And-The-Years-That-Made-His-Legend, slated for DisneyPlus. And there’s now a new episode of Radio-Elton-John, with pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, whose discography includes Madman Across the Water‘sTiny Dancer.