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Elton John news: Australian tour information; International music news

Australian and international Elton John music news...

Music News Australia is delighted to announce that Elton John is returning to Australia this month. Read on for much more on that as well as great news about his Elton John Aids Foundation and other artists assisting this worthy cause.

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CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROCKET MAN ELTON JOHN RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

Forty years ago, Elton John's single Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time) was released around the world. To celebrate the landmark 40 year anniversary of its release, Sir Elton John has been taking the celebrations globally for a world tour and will be returning to our shores, taking his record number of shows at the iconic Sydney Entertainment Centre to a staggering 42.

Performing with a full band, Elton’s shows will commemorate the 40 years since the release of Rocket Man as well as being a celebration of Elton’s greatest hits. Fans can expect to see this timeless entertainer take them on a journey thru his multi-decade career, backed by his ever-dynamic touring band.

Elton John and his band is one of the most successful live acts currently touring. The concert which showcases and brings together so many of Elton’s classic and much loved tracks from the decades will have the audience tapping, clapping, dancing and singing along. This is an artist who is one of biggest selling solo artists of all time, selling in the vicinity of more than 250 million records worldwide. He is also one of the most prolific touring artists in the world with Elton John performing his 3,000th live show last year and certainly shows no sign of slowing down.

Be sure to join in the celebration of this landmark anniversary at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROCKET MAN - ELTON JOHN RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

Forty years ago, during April 1972, Elton John's single Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time) was released around the world. To celebrate the landmark 40 year anniversary of its release, Sir Elton John has been taking the celebrations globally for a world tour and will be returning to our shores for his record 42nd Sydney Entertainment Centre show plus a very special run of shows, some in parts of Australia he’s never been.

To kick things off, Elton John will perform during the opening week of the brand new Perth Arena on Monday 12th November. Following on from Perth, the tour then heads to our nation’s capital, Canberra for a show at Canberra Stadium on Wednesday 14th November, before finishing things up at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday 15th November – taking his record number of shows at the iconic Sydney venue to a staggering 42.

Performing with a full band, Elton’s shows will commemorate the 40 years since the release of Rocket Man as well as being a celebration of Elton’s greatest hits. Fans can expect to see this timeless entertainer take them on a journey thru his multi-decade career, backed by his ever-dynamic touring band.

The single, Rocket Man, was a global success, breaking records in multiple territories around the world and achieving the highest chart positions ever held at that point by any Elton John single.

More than just a charting success, Rocket Man held esteemed critical acclaim across the globe garnering reviews following the 1972 release such as this from UK music bible, Disc magazine; “This is by far the best thing Elton John has ever done - it's quite superb...this band is great, the song is great, Bernie Taupin's lyrics are great and if the Honky Chateau LP is going to be like this you're going to have to listen to it in little doses or you'll go mad. After two hearings I was so busy singing along that I couldn't get myself organised into taking notes about the structure of the record. Consumer, not critic, that's me, and I can consume music like this for evermore.”

Beyond these many accolades, Rocket Man also held with it a cultural and historical significance that remains unrivalled by any other song. Elton's American record company connected the release of Rocket Man to the launch of Apollo 16, and took out press advertisements saying 'On the morning of April 16, 1972, Apollo 16 was launched into orbit on a journey to the moon. A few mornings earlier Uni Records launched a new Elton John single into a world-wide orbit. WHAT A TRIP! Both launchings bound to set new records.'

On 28 April 1972 Elton and the band played a concert at Hofheinz Pavilion, University of Houston, Texas, the second date of their 1972 American tour. Ahead of the show, the Rocket Man met the 'Rocket men' at the Manned Space Centre in Houston, Texas, where Al Worden, Apollo 15 command module pilot, took Elton, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone on a conducted tour of the NASA headquarters.

In April of this year, Elton was told that European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut André Kuipers had made a special point of playing Rocket Man over the airwaves of the International Space Station (ISS) on the song's fortieth anniversary. André said, "This song has been an inspiration to many people who are interested in space, and especially those who wanted to become astronauts, including myself. It is certainly one of the most played songs here on the ISS, and we know it will accompany more astronauts into space in the future."

Be sure to join in the celebration of this landmark anniversary.


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Emeli Sandé & Labrinth discuss performing together for the Elton John AIDS Foundation...

The award winning Emeli Sandé and music sensation Labrinth have announced that they will both be performing at this year’s GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on Saturday 10th November in Battersea Power Station, London.

The Winter Ball, now in its sixth year, is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the international social calendar. In previous years, guests have enjoyed exceptional music performances from artists including Sir Elton John himself, Kelly Rowland, Plan B and Roisin Murphy.

Continuing its reputation for bringing the world’s best musicians to its stage, the GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation will see two of the music industry’s biggest names each perform an intimate set for guests.

With a string of top ten singles in the UK and international charts, Emeli Sandé recently became the toast of the London Olympic Games following her outstanding performances at both the opening and closing ceremonies. Labrinth, whose debut studio album Electronic Earth reached number two in the UK album charts earlier this year, has also enjoyed enormous success of late.

Emeli Sandé will treat guests to a solo after dinner performance at the Winter Ball, which will be followed by a set from Labrinth. The duo recently collaborated on Beneath Your Beautiful, one of the singles from Labrinth’s debut album, which they will perform together for guests as a duet.

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Award winning Emeli Sandé and music sensation Labrinth announce they will be performing at this year’s GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on Saturday 10 November in Battersea Power Station, London.

The Winter Ball, now in its sixth year, is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the international social calendar. In previous years, guests have enjoyed exceptional music performances from artists including Sir Elton John himself, Kelly Rowland, Plan B and Roisin Murphy. Continuing its reputation for bringing the world’s best musicians to its stage, the GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation will see two of the music industry’s biggest names each perform an intimate set for guests.

With a string of top ten singles in the UK and international charts, Emeli Sandé recently became the toast of the London Olympic Games following her outstanding performances at both the opening and closing ceremonies. Labrinth, whose debut studio album Electronic Earth reached number two in the UK album charts earlier this year, has also enjoyed enormous success of late.

Emeli Sandé will treat guests to a solo after dinner performance at the Winter Ball, which will be followed by a set from Labrinth. The duo recently collaborated on Beneath Your Beautiful, one of the singles from Labrinth’s debut album, which they will perform together for guests as a duet.

The theme of the Winter Ball is 1950’s Cote D’Azur and will see party goers transported from a chilly autumn evening in London to a scene reminiscent of the Riviera in its heyday, where poolside glamour, palm trees and pastel colour schemes about.

Elton John bio...

Biography at-a-glance...

SIR ELTON HERCULES JOHN, (Knighted 1998.) Born Pinner, Middlesex, England, March 25, 1947, Reginald Kenneth Dwight. Son of late Stanley Dwight and of Sheila (now Farebrother), changed name to Elton Hercules John.
Married Renate Blauel, Feb 14, 1984 (Dissolved Nov. 18, 1988), Civil Partnership with David Furnish, December 21, 2005. Student, Royal Academy of Music, London, 1959-64.
Singer, songwriter, musician, began playing piano 1951, joined group Bluesology, 1965-67. Since 1969 has toured across the world consistently as a solo performer and with the Elton John band.
Film (appearance): Tommy, 1975.
Films (voice): The Lion King, 1994, The Road to El Dorado, 2000.
Appearances: Live Aid, 1985, Freddie Mercury Tribute concert, 1992, Live 8, 2005.
Composer: (Broadway musical) The Lion King, 1998 (6 Tony Awards); Aida, 2000 (Tony Award for Best Original Score); Lestat, 2006; (West End Musical) Billy Elliot the Musical, 2005 (Olivier Award for Best Musical).
Composer: (albums) Empty Sky, 1969; Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, 1970; 11.17.70, Friends, Madman Across The Water, 1971; Honky Chateau, 1972; Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973; Caribou, Greatest Hits, 1974; Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies, 1975; Here and There, Blue Moves, 1976; Greatest Hits Volume II, 1977; A Single Man, 1978; Victim of Love, 1979; 21 at 33, 1980; The Fox, 1981; Jump Up, 1982; Too Low for Zero, 1983; Breaking Hearts, 1984; Ice on Fire, 1985; Leather Jackets, 1986; Live in Australia, 1987; Reg Strikes Back, 1988; Sleeping With the Past, 1989; To Be Continued, 1990; The One, 1992; Duets, 1993; Made in England, 1995; Love Songs, 1996; The Big Picture, 1997; Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, The Muse, 1999; One Night Only, 2000; Songs From the West Coast, 2001; Greatest Hits 1970 - 2002, 2002; Peachtree Road, 2004; The Captain & The Kid, 2006; Rocket Man- Number Ones, 2007; The Union, 2010.
Composer music (film): The Lion King, 1994 (Best Original Song Acad. Award for Can You Feel the Love Tonight?); The Road to El Dorado, 2000.
Chairman of Watford Football Club, 1976-90, president, 1990-.
Established Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992.
Patron - IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative), Patron - Terrence Higgins Trust, Patron - The Globe Theatre, Patron - Amnesty International, Scholarship Fund - Royal Academy of Music, Chairman - Old Vic Trust.
Awards include Best British Male Artist Brit Award 1991, inducted into Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, 1994, 5 Grammy Award 1986-2000, Grammy Legend Award, 2001, Kennedy Center Honor, 2004, 11 Ivor Novello Awards, 1973 - 2000.
Achievements include: first popular Western singer to perform in USSR, 1979; playing to over 2 million people across 4 continents, 1984-86. Made Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1996; received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, February 24, 1998. Released biggest selling single of all time, Candle In The Wind 1997 (over 33,000,000 copies sold), 1997. Received Honorary Doctorate, Royal Academy of Music, 2002, became Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers, 2004.
Co-written many international hit songs with Bernie Taupin (and others) including Your Song, Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle In The Wind, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Philadelphia Freedom, Don't Go Breaking My Heart (duet with Kiki Dee), Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, The Bitch Is Back, Song For Guy, I Guess That's Why The Call the Blues, I'm Still Standing, Nikita, Blue Eyes, Sacrifice, Circle of Life, Are You Ready For Love, I Want Love, Electricity.

ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION

Since the mid-1980's, Elton John has channeled the grief over the loss of many dear friends to HIV/AIDS into various efforts to help raise money for charitable organizations supporting AIDS research and providing vital services to people with HIV/AIDS. In 1992, frustrated and angered by the growing magnitude of the epidemic and how comparatively little was being done to help those affected by the virus, he decided to bring focus to all of his AIDS-related work by establishing the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) in the United States (EJAF-US, registered in New York). The following year, he also established this foundation in the United Kingdom (EJAF-UK, registered in London).

Today, EJAF is one of the world's leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Together, both entities have raised over $150 million to support such programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. EJAF supports its work through proceeds from concerts, arts-related exhibitions, and special events; cause-related marketing projects and licensed merchandising; and voluntary contributions (large and small) from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

EJAF-US's grant-making supports programs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. EJAF-UK focuses its grant making on projects in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Without question, EJAF's greatest asset and strength is its Founder and Chairman, Sir Elton John. No mere figurehead, Sir Elton serves as EJAF's chief fund-raiser - conducting benefit concerts, meeting with major donors, foundations and corporations, and participating in numerous public events. Also, as a highly visible and outspoken advocate, he has testified before Congress, spoken at press conferences, writes editorials and delivers speeches at events and awards ceremonies. His status as an entertainment icon and his many years as a dedicated AIDS activist and philanthropist bring tremendous visibility and credibility to EJAF's work.

For information on grant-making and fund-raising activities conducted by EJAF-US, please visit www.ejaf.org. For information on grant-making and fund-raising conducted by EJAF-UK, please visit www.ejaf.com.

 

Profile

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist.

In his four-decade career, John has been one of the dominant forces in rock and popular music, especially during the 1970s. He has sold more than 250 million albums[citation needed] and over one hundred million singles, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits including seven consecutive #1 U.S. albums, 59 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, 4 #2 hits, and nine #1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards and one Academy Award. His success has had a profound impact on popular music and has contributed to the continued popularity of the piano in rock and roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #49 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Some of the characteristics of John's music are his ability to quickly craft melodies for the lyrics of songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, his former rich tenor (now baritone) voice, his classical and gospel-influenced piano, the aggressive orchestral arrangements of Paul Buckmaster among others and the flamboyant fashions and on-stage showmanship, especially evident during the 1970s.

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s and was knighted in 1998. He entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for the LGBT social movements. (Credit: Wikipedia).

 

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Elton John official website

Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)

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