September 21, 2017: #MorningShow989 Elton John music special with guest Jack Jones/Irwin Thomas

On #MorningShow989 this week, we turn back the clock and spin the best of Elton John as the Rocket Man himself prepares to tour Australia! In the second hour, special guest Jack Jones/Irwin Thomas joins me live to give his take on that new record California Dreaming together with fellow Aussie Rick Price. 

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Elton John’s ‘Benny and the Jets’ Live In Las Vegas…The Million Dollar Piano!

A snippet of Elton John performing ‘Benny and the Jets’ live in Las Vegas!

Mark your calendars for March 18. That’s when Elton John’s gorgeously filmed concert movie (which he performed at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas), The Million Dollar Piano, will hit cinema screens around the world.

The concert will be shown in an expected 500 theaters across the United States and a total of 1,200 in over 40 countries including the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and Australia.

Sure it’s whimsical, it’s Elton! According to press materials, the epic undertaking has been nearly four years in the making, and includes state-of-the-art piano displays (the piano weighs in at nearly 3,200 pounds) to compliment some of the most enduring and iconic songs of the 20th century.

Rare Elton John & Stevie Wonder Footage for ‘Harmony’

Some rare footage has emerged from Elton John… dancing on the wings of a private jet and a meeting between he and the great Stevie Wonder. This new clip for the classic ‘Harmony’ ties in ever so nicely with the upcoming remaster of Elton’s classic album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.

Elton John’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Movie

Elton John’s Rocket Pictures will produce and release an animated version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s second musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Rocket’s Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish are producing with John, Webber and Rice in as executive producers. Joseph followed the duo’s first collaboration, The Likes of Us, in 1968 as a fifteen-minute cantata commissioned by the Colet Court preparatory school in London. Over subsequent stagings, Webber and Rice added more songs and a concept album was recorded in 1969.

The success of their next show, Jesus Christ Superstar, gave knew life to Joseph which saw new productions and additional recorded version in the early-70′s, ending up on the West End in 1973 followed by additional London productions in 1975 and 1978 and a Broadway run in 1982.

Over the years since, a number of touring versions of the show have emerged including productions starring David Cassidy (who had been in the Broadway show) and Donny Osmond. Popular songs from the show include Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

New Music: Elton John ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ Album

Elton John’s classic ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album will be reissued with a bonus disc featuring covers of songs by Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and Zac Brown Band.
Ed Sheeran will sing ‘Candle In The Wind;, Zac Brown Band will perform ‘Harmony’ and Fall Out Boy’ will tackle ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ on box set and deluxe edition of the album.

Other guests on the covers disc include Miguel featuring Wale, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, John Grant, Emeli Sande and Imelda May.

Complete list of the cover versions suite on the Box Set and Deluxe Edition

1. Ed Sheeran – Candle In The Wind
2. Miguel featuring Wale – Bennie And The Jets
3. Hunter Hayes – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
4. The Band Perry – Grey Seal
5. John Grant – Sweet Painted Lady
6. Emeli Sandé – All The Girls Love Alice
7. Imelda May – Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll)
8. Fall Out Boy – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
9. Zac Brown Band – Harmony

‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ was released in May, 1973. It was Elton John’s seventh studio album. The album was recorded at the famed Chateau d’Herouville in Paris were he also recorded and named the previous album ‘Honky Chateau’.
According to Universal Music:
The album spent three weeks at #1 in Australia – and eight weeks at No.1 and went platinum seven times over in the US. It also contains Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s most successful song, ‘Candle In The Wind’ – a worldwide hit three times, in three different versions, in three successive decades, ultimately becoming the biggest-selling single of all time. It also features dynamite standards such as ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’, and ‘Bennie And The Jets’, the latter being the song that led to Elton being the first white performer to appear on influential American R&B TV show Soul Train. The album is also ranked in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 100 Great Albums Of All Time. In a career littered with highlights that other artists can only dream of, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road stands as a towering achievement, a defining moment in the most exciting era in rock history.
Often referred to as the pinnacle of Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s creative powers and commercial success, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the eighth studio album the pair had released in a three-year period. The recording of the album wasn’t the smoothest of experiences. After an initial attempt at recording in Kingston, Jamaica, was derailed by the double whammy of industrial action at the studio and further disruption was caused by a world boxing title fight in the town, Elton and the band returned to the familiar settings of Chateau d’Herouville. The album was completed in a staggering seventeen days (including mixing!) and the result is a body of work of huge ambition – kicking off with the grandiose, epic prog rock sound of ‘Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding’, and effortlessly segueing between pop, hard rock, soul and stunning, heart-wrenching ballads.
The album artwork was also a giant leap forward creatively for Elton; whereas earlier album artwork either didn’t feature Elton at all, or showed him as an earnest early 70’s songwriter, here he can been seen resplendent in sparkling platform boots, a satin bomber jacket and, of course, his soon-to-be trademark flamboyant eyewear. The sight of him stepping from an unglamorous normal street into a magical fantasy world, is not only a metaphor for the transition he was going through as an artist but is one of the most defining images of early 1970’s rock music.

Complete list of formats of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

1. 1-CD set: 2014 CD remaster of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering from the original analogue tapes. Digital equivalent editions: Remaster, Mastered For iTunes, HD Edition
2. 2-CD set: 2014 CD remaster of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as above, 9 cover versions, best of Live At Hammersmith CD
Digital equivalent editions: Remaster, Mastered For iTunes

3. Five Disc CD/DVD box set: containing standard album, 9 cover version disc, single B-sides and bonus tracks, complete live At Hammersmith CD, DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film Elton John And Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things, and 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin). Digital editions for audio: Remaster, Mastered For iTunes
4. Standard 12” vinyl album. Mastered for vinyl by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, California. 180GM audiophile quality vinyl with download card
5. Limited edition yellow vinyl
6. HD Pure Audio Blu-Ray album

Track List

Disc 1
Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
Candle In The Wind
Bennie And The Jets
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
This Song Has No Title
Grey Seal
Jamaica Jerk Off
I’ve Seen that Movie Too
Sweet Painted Lady
The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
Dirty Little Girl
All the Girls Love Alice
Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock’n’Roll)
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Roy Rogers
Social Disease

Disc 2
Candle In The Wind – Ed Sheeran
Bennie and the Jets – Miguel
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Hunter Hayes
Grey Seal – The Band Perry
Sweet Painted Lady – John Grant
All The Girls Love Alice – Emili Sande
Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll) – Imelda May
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Fall Out Boy
Harmony – Zac Brown Band
Grey Seal (piano demo) – Elton John
Grey Seal (1970 Original) – Elton John
Jack Rabbit – Elton John
Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady) – Elton John
Screw You (Young Man Blues) – Elton John
Candle In The Wind (Acoustic) – Elton John
Step Into Christmas – Elton John
Ho Ho Ho (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas?) – Elton John
Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
Pinball Wizard – Elton John

Disc 3 – BBC Elton John Hammersmith Odeon – December 22, 1973
Funeral For A Friend
Love Lies Bleeding
Candle In The Wind
Rocket Man
Bennie And The Jets
This Song Has No Title
Honky Cat

Disc 4 – BBC Elton John Hammersmith Odeon – December 22, 1973
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The Ballad Of Danny Bailey
Elderberry Wine
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
I’ve Seen That Movie Too
All The Girls Love Alice
Crocodile Rock
Your Song
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things (45 minutes)

Elton John ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ box set and deluxe edition will be released on March 21 through Universal Music.

Elton John & Rod Stewart Live Duet

Sir Elton John CBE was honored Monday night at the first ever BRITs Icon event which will be aired on Friday, September 13th on Britain’s ITV.

The new award was presented by Rod Stewart who also joined Elton on stage for their first ever live performance together to duet on Sad Songs (Say So Much)

The legendary Elton John, whose achievements include, 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, selling more than 250 million records worldwide and the biggest selling single of all time, Candle In The Wind 1997, played nine songs which included I’m Still Standing, Your Song, ‘Tiny Dancer and two songs from his forthcoming album The Diving Board. Sir Elton’s first full set list below.

The evening was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and included surprise video messages from Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, Emilie Sande, Mumford & Sons, Billie Jean King, David Furnish and Bernie Taupin amongst others. The BRITs Icon Award will become part of the established BRIT Awards stable, but will be celebrated at a separate stand-alone event each year. It will be presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture, recognising the very highest level of British music achievement.

Before the show Elton John said: “It’s a tremendous honour and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I’m really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion.” 

Full Set list:

  • I’m Still Standing (from Too Low For Zero, 1983)
  • Your Song (from Elton John, 1970)
  • Philadelphia Freedom (Single, 1975)
  • Bennie And The Jets (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
  • Tiny Dancer (from Madman Across the Water, 1971)
  • Home Again (from The Diving Board, 2013)
  • Rocket Man (from Honky Chateau, 1972)
  • Mexican Vacation (from The Diving Board, 2013)
  • Sad Songs (Say So Much) with Rod Stewart (from Breaking Hearts, 1984)

New Music: Elton John ‘The Diving Board / Home Again’

**Updated: 24 August, 2013**

Watch the release of Elton John’s new video Home Again!


** 10th July, 2013**

One of the biggest musicians on the planet Elton John returns with a new album to hit stores this coming September. The album is called The Diving Board, you can catch the trailer right here and a sneak preview listen to the new single ‘Home Again’. Looks like Elton is going back to grass roots music… I think he’s headed for another winner.

Elton John Aussie Setlist

Here’s the Elton John setlist for his latest show that rocked Perth on November 10. Sydney will get a special show when Elton will share the stage with PNAU!

The Bitch Is Back (from Caribou, 1974)
Bennie and the Jets (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
Grey Seal (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
Levon (from Madman Across The Water, 1971)
Tiny Dancer (from Madman Across The Water, 1971)
Believe (from Made In England, 1995)
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (from Honky Chateau, 1972)
Philadelphia Freedom (single 1975)
Candle In The Wind (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
Rocket Man (from Honky Chateau, 1972)
Ahab (from The Union, 2010)
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Honky Cat(from Honky Chateau, 1972)
Sad Songs (from Breaking Hearts, 1984)
Sacrifice (from Sleeping With The Past, 1989)
Daniel (from Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player, 1973)
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (from Caribou, 1974)
Are You Ready For Love (from The Thom Bell Sessions, 1979)
I’m Still Standing (from Too Low For Zero, 1983)
Crocodile Rock (from Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player, 1973)
Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
Your Song (from Elton John, 1969)
Circle Of Life (from The Lion King, 1994)

Elton John vs PNAU Album Launch!

In 2010 Sir Elton John gave an extremely rare opportunity to award-winning Australian dance duo PNAU – access to his old masters.
Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes (PNAU) paid particular attention to Elton’s recordings from 1970 -1976, including the Thom Bell Sessions and albums spanning Madman Across The Water, Don’t Shoot Me, Good Bye Yellow Brick Road, Honky Chateau, Captain Fantastic, Blue Moves and Tumbleweed Connection. From these old masters they have created eight unique new pieces of music using as many as six tracks in the creation of a single new song. After hearing PNAU’s initial creation ‘Good Morning To The Night’ late last year, Elton encouraged the guys to delve even further, resulting in an entire album of Elton John vs. PNAU greatness!

The album Good Morning To The Night – Elton John vs. PNAU, was finished in February this year and will be released in Australian on July 27th through Ministry of Sound and Universal Music. The lead single ‘Good Morning To The Night’ has already been tipped as an anthem for the upcoming European summer, with the track being chosen as one of five official songs for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

Sad is already a Top 15 UK Airplay Chart hit! Check out the amazing video!