ELTON JOHN TURNS 70!!! (03/24/2017)
Happy Birthday to Elton John, who turns 70 on Saturday (March 25th)!!! Elton will publish his autobiography in 2019. The "no holds barred" account of his life and times will be published by Henry Holt & Company, a Macmillan imprint -- which won the high bid auction for the rights to the "Rocket Man's" still-unnamed memoir. Elton will co-write the tome with music journalist Alexis Petridis. Elton has also signed on to write the music for the Broadway adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada with playwright Paul Rudnick.
Elton released his most recent album, Wonderful Crazy Night, on February 5th, 2016. The set was co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett and recorded at The Village in Los Angeles. The album, which features 12 new collaborations with lyricist Bernie Taupin, also includes Elton's legendary bandmates -- drummer Nigel Olson and guitarist Davey Johnstone, who although onstage with Elton every night, haven’t been featured on the “Rocket Man’s” studio sessions since 2006’s The Captain & The Kid. Also on board from the legendary '70s Elton John Band lineup is beloved percussionist, Ray Cooper.
The upcoming Elton John biopic, titled, Rocketman, is shaping up to be a major cinematic spectacle, according to writer Lee Hall. Hall recently spoke about the film, which is still in pre-production, telling BBC radio that the movie would be an "absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair” with “all singing, all dancing." Rocketman -- which covers Elton’s life up through his 1990 stint in rehab -- will star Tom Hardy, best known for his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Max Rockatansky in the Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, a suburb of London. John was playing piano at age three, and by the age of 11 he was studying at London's Royal Academy of Music. He later dropped out to work as a music publishing errand boy and play rock n' roll at night. John recorded and gigged with his early band Bluesology, and went on to back such legendary acts as Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and the Isley Brothers.
- In 1967 he hooked up with aspiring lyricist Bernie Taupin and went on to form one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in rock history. By early 1971, Elton had cracked the American charts with "Your Song," which peaked at Number Eight, and became the first of his 25 Top 40 hits of the 1970s. In the '70s, John and Taupin turned out hit after hit, placing 25 singles in the top 40, 16 in the Top Ten, and sending six to Number One.
- Of the 19 albums Elton John released in the United States in that decade, 15 went gold or platinum. John's album Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy holds the distinction of being the first album to debut at Number One in the charts. A month after its release, on June 21st, 1975, Elton performed the album in its entirety at London's Wembley Stadium. Elton took the stage at the close of a mammoth outdoor rock concert, which featured the Beach Boys and the Eagles as the opening acts.
- John's classic singles include "Rocket Man," "Honky Cat," "Crocodile Rock," "Bennie And The Jets," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "The Bitch Is Back," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Daniel," "Philadelphia Freedom," "Island Girl," the duet "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Kiki Dee, "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" with John Lennon, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," "Little Jeannie," "I'm Still Standing," "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues," "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," "Candle In The Wind," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," and many, many more.
- Elton John and James Taylor kick off a six-date South American run on March 31st in Curitiba, Brazil.
- Elton John North American tour dates (subject to change):April 22 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank ArenaApril 25, 26, 28, 29 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum At Caesars PalaceMay 1, 3, 4, 5 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
CHECK IT OUT: Elton John on May 12th, 1976 performing “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” live in London: