Elton John gig in Auckland cancelled just minutes before stage time after huge floods

A fan in attendance told Sky News: “I’m furious. It was raining heavily on the way to the stadium and I kept checking for announcements but nothing came, despite puddles being up to my ankles.

“After the gig was called off, hundreds of people queued in the downpours for the shuttle buses and I saw some people chant for Elton in the hope he’d come on – but it was like a literal river there.”

No plans for a rescheduled gig have yet been shared.

Auckland, due to unsafe weather conditions, tonight's @eltonofficial concert for Friday 27 January will not be proceeding. The team is assessing things and will keep everyone across with further updates here. Thank you for your understanding.

— Frontier Touring (@frontiertouring) January 27, 2023

It seems Elton John and New Zealand just weren't meant to be, with a third concert being canned in three years. Heavy rain forced the concert to be called off, just as the Rocketman was set to to take the stage. 

👉 https://t.co/ICnaL1jIKY pic.twitter.com/MKs25v3OKV

— 1News (@1NewsNZ) January 27, 2023

There's wet, then there's Mt Smart Elton John wet #Auckland pic.twitter.com/MGW3VrQRp2

— Ingrid Grenar (@ingridgrenar) January 27, 2023

About to see Elton John. Fortunately under cover as Auckland is under a deluge!#EltonJohn pic.twitter.com/zuHzMAQdql

— 💉BicycleRider (@BevanMcCabe) January 27, 2023

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Elton John Auckland concert cancelled. Floods of people exit the flooded Mt. Smart Stadium. pic.twitter.com/DLqhZgyYcH

— Jesse Wood (@jrhwood) January 27, 2023

Goodbye Yellowbrick Tour! @eltonofficial has cancelled his first night concert in @Auckland_NZ due to the extreme weather and flooding. Playing at Mt Smart is cursed for Elton!! Thinking of you @Adele who continued to play throughout the downpour 💔 pic.twitter.com/JyCLhezKK6

— Jason Dawson (@WebTaniwha) January 27, 2023

Scenes from #EltonJohn in Auckland, New Zealand pic.twitter.com/b9UpuOvss1

— Jessica Moloney (@JessicaMoloney) January 27, 2023

Unbelievable scenes heading home from the canceled Elton John concert in Auckland! Cars partially submerged, motorways closed, big branches down on the Harbour Bridge and major on-ramp, flooded streets and homes. Thankfully emergency services are out in force #AucklandWeather 🌧 pic.twitter.com/JXQ8az0mtL

— Aimee (@MissAimeeJean) January 27, 2023

Waited 3 years for this @eltonofficial rescheduled gig to be cancelled 20mins before thanks to flooding & torrential rain in Auckland. It’s going to be a shit fight to get home. This whole thing has been a shit show thanks to @AklTransport . Should have been canceled hours ago! pic.twitter.com/le1CQeefV6

— Caz 👑 (@C4zzaline) January 27, 2023

Scenes from making our way home from Elton John concert tonight 😞#Auckland #AucklandWeather pic.twitter.com/E3QAWBq91Y

— Odile Berry (@odilenz) January 27, 2023

Moving fowards, the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour will come to Somerset in the summer as Elton John was recently confirmed as the first Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner. It will serve as the final UK show of his last ever tour.

You can find the final UK and Ireland dates for his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour below and purchase any remaining tickets here.

APRIL 2023
Sunday 02 – The O2, London
Tuesday 04 – The O2, London
Wednesday 05 – The O2, London
Saturday 08 – The O2, London
Sunday 09 – The O2, London
Wednesday 12 – The O2, London
Thursday 13 – The O2, London
Sunday 16 – The O2, London
Monday 17 – The O2, London
Wednesday 19 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
Saturday 22 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Sunday 23 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

MAY 2023
Tuesday 30 – The O2, London – NEW SHOW
Wednesday 31 – AO Arena, Manchester

JUNE 2023
Friday 02 – AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 03 – AO Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 06 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thursday 08 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Saturday 10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Sunday 11 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Tuesday 13 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
Thursday 15 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
Saturday 17 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sunday 18 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sunday 25 – Glastonbury Festival

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Elton John for Glastonbury? Fans speculate after he teases “one final date”

He then followed up that Story post with another in which he wrote: “Rocket Man is incoming.”

Apparently, #EltonJohn has "one final date to announce"… 🤔💭🚀 pic.twitter.com/8Lb5C5erKH

— Glasto Fest Feed (@GlastoFestFeed) December 1, 2022

Rumours of John headlining the world-renowned UK festival were reignited earlier this year. Speculation mounted when a handful of Paris dates were rescheduled from June 2022 to June 2023.

The Paris dates, which were originally from June 17-18, 2022, will now happen on June 21, June 27 and June 28, 2023, leaving a perfect gap in his schedule for Glastonbury. The main part of the 2023 edition of the festival takes place from June 23-25, 2023, leaving him free throughout the Glastonbury weekend.

Currently, John is booked to end his ‘Farewell…’ tour with a show at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023.

Some fans responded to the Glasto Feed Fest Twitter account today (December 1) to share their own thoughts about the possibility of John headlining. One suggested that “he’s going to be on the legends spot”, while another commented that he will be “Pyramid Headliner for sure” if confirmed for Glastonbury 2023.

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The BBC Glastonbury Twitter feed also added further fuel to the rumours by sharing the tweet: “We caught a stunning shot of @glastonbury on our webcam yesterday. Click the link below and hit ‘best shots’ to take a look…”

When viewers click on the link, a rocket can be seen in the sky above the Pyramid stage.

We caught a stunning shot of @glastonbury on our webcam yesterday 👀
 
Click the link below and hit ‘best shots’ to take a look…https://t.co/m3z17JEkST

— BBC Glastonbury (@bbcglasto) December 1, 2022

Speaking to NME last year for a Big Read cover feature around the release of his new collaborative album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, John said that he was determined to finish his ‘Farewell…’ tour – and that it will also certainly be his last.

Elton John. Credit: Scott Dudelson via Getty Images

“It’s something I wanna finish,” he told NME. “I’m looking forward to doing it and going out on the high that we were on – we were an express train that hit the buffers. At the moment I finish supposedly in 2023, in the summer, by which time I’ll be 76 – and that’s it, baby.

“I can’t wait to do it and have a great time, and I can’t wait to finish and say, ‘No more – I’ve had enough.’”

Of his plans for the future, John added: “I will do records and I’ll do my radio show, but as far as schlepping and doing shows? I’ve had enough applause. I wanna be with my family. I wanna be with my boys.”

He added: “I’ll still be creative, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life flying here, flying there. I can’t do any more than I’ve done now and save for the odd charity thing that may come up, that’s it for me.”

In other news, John has joined Coldplay’s Chris Martin to appear on Shania Twain’s ‘Come On Over’ 25th anniversary album.

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Chris Martin and Elton John join Shania Twain on ‘Come On Over’ 25th anniversary album

Elsewhere on the album, Nick Jonas will appear as part of a duet of ‘Party For Two’, which was recorded at Stagecoach in 2017. The pair previously worked together on the holiday track ‘Say All You Want for Christmas’.

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Earlier this month, Twain took to social media to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her third studio album ‘Come On Over’.

“25 years ago I released Come On Over… and because of your support, that album went on to become: The biggest-selling studio album by a female artist of all time, the best-selling country music album ever [and] the biggest-selling album by a Canadian country artist …Crazy,” she wrote.

“I couldn’t even imagine that in my wildest dreams!! Thank you – Actually I should probably do something to celebrate it, right??”

Twain also recently announced that her sixth studio album ‘Queen Of Me’ would be released on February 3, with a tour scheduled for next year. Find any remaining tickets here.

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In other news, the singer teamed up with Harry Styles earlier this year during Styles’ headline set at Coachella 2022 in April. During the cameo, Twain joined Styles on stage to perform her hits ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ and ‘You’re Still The One’.

Speaking to Extra, Twain said that she hopes that the onstage collaboration could lead to a studio-based link-up between the pair in the future.

While saying that the collaboration will “not [be] on [my] new album,” Twain said: “In the future, I would say yes. I’m going to hold Harry to that.

“I think we surprised each other [with] how natural it was [at Coachella]. So, I do plan on doing that.”

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JoJo Siwa recalls Elton John calling her after she publicly came out

The Dance Moms alumna said that seeing the way other celebrities had been accepted when they came out as LGBTQ+ themselves gave her the courage to reveal her identity to the world. “To see the way that the world accepted Elton John for who he was, Freddie Mercury for who he was,” she said. “All of those people who came before me in the gay community made me feel like: ‘Oh, it’s going to be OK. Those people are who they are, people know them and people love them.’”

John is currently in the middle of his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour, which he has vowed will be his last ever before he retires. He will be bringing the tour to the UK in spring next year – see the full list of dates below.

APRIL
Sunday 2 – London, The O2 
Tuesday 4 – London, The O2 
Wednesday 5 –  London, The O2 
Saturday 8 – London, The O2 
Sunday 9 – London, The O2 
Wednesday 12 – London, The O2 
Thursday 13 – London, The O2 
Sunday 16 – London, The O2 
Monday 17 – London, The O2 
Wednesday 19 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena 
Saturday 22 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena 
Sunday 23 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena 

MAY
Tuesday 30 – London, The O2 
Wednesday 31 – Manchester, AO Arena 

JUNE
Friday 2 – Manchester, AO Arena 
Saturday 3 – Manchester, AO Arena 
Tuesday 6 – Leeds, First Direct Arena 
Thursday 8 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena 
Saturday 10 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena 
Sunday 11 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena 
Tuesday 13 – Aberdeen, P&J Live
Thursday 15 –  Aberdeen, P&J Live
Saturday 17 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro 
Sunday 18 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro 

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Elton John plays final US concert of ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour

It marked his last remaining North American date on his tour which the pop legend has vowed is the last time that he’ll hit the road to play live dates.

The three hour concert saw John team up with Lipa for their Number One collaboration ‘Cold Heart’, while Dee joined him for ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ and Carlile on ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me’. You can view footage of all three tracks below

The show, which saw the likes of Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Taron Egerton and Jude Law in the audience, also featured some of John’s greatest hits including ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Candle In The Wind’, ‘Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)’ and ‘I’m Still Standing’.

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He wrapped up the performance with ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ and ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, both of which you can view below.

The show, which went out live on Disney+, is also available to stream on the platform.

Meanwhile, last month John added two more dates to the final leg of his global ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.

The musician will now play new dates at the The O2 Arena in London on May 30, 2023 and the Utilita Arena Birmingham on June 8, 2023.

John’s tour restarts in Europe at the 3Arena in Dublin on March 28, 2023. Earlier this year he kicked off some UK dates in Norwich.

Any remaining tickets for the new shows are available here.

Elton John played:

‘Bennie And The Jets’
‘Philadelphia Freedom’
‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues’
‘Border Song’
‘Tiny Dancer’
‘Have Mercy On The Criminal’
‘Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)’
‘Take Me To The Pilot’
‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’
‘Levon’
‘Candle In The Wind’
‘Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding’
‘Burn Down The Mission’
‘Sad Songs (Say So Much)’
‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’
‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ (with Brandi Carlile)
‘The Bitch Is Back’
‘I’m Still Standing’
‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ (with Kiki Dee)
‘Crocodile Rock’
‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’
‘Cold Heart’ (with Dua Lipa)
‘Your Song’
‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

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Elton John’s final 2022 concert to be livestreamed with support from Dua Lipa and others

Lipa, Dee and Carlile will pay tribute to John and his legendary career during the performance at the Los Angeles stadium.

Lipa has collaborated previously with John including the single ‘Cold Heart‘, which featured on the latter’s 2021 album ‘The Lockdown Sessions‘.

Dee, meanwhile, achieved a Number One collaboration with John nearly 50 years ago with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ and Carlile also appeared on a ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ song, ‘Simple Things’.

Additionally there will be an hour-long special broadcast, ‘iHeartRadio Presents Elton John’s Thank You To America: The Final Song’, on the same night. The special will be aired across more than 320 radio stations nationwide in the US at 10pm PT/1am ET.

The concert will also begin with ‘Countdown To Elton Live’, which features famous friends from around the globe wishing John well as well as interviews with John and his husband David Furnish.

You can watch a trailer for the upcoming livestream below.

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Meanwhile, last month John added two more dates to the final leg of his global ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.

The musician will now play new dates at the The O2 Arena in London on May 30, 2023 and the Utilita Arena Birmingham on June 8, 2023.

John’s tour restarts in Europe at the 3Arena in Dublin on March 28, 2023 following the completion of his stadium tour dates in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Earlier this year he kicked off some UK dates in Norwich.

Any remaining tickets for the new shows are available here.

John’s tour shows “take his audience on a magical journey through his incredible 50-year career with never-before-seen-photos and videos, all set to the tune of some of Elton’s most beloved songs from his legendary catalogue”, a press release has stated.

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Paris Hilton makes Tom Cruise deepfake sing Elton John to her

“You know which one,” Hilton responds, before ‘Cruise’ serenades her with John’s 1971 hit.

Hilton can be seen bopping to the song in her signature velvet pink tracksuit and heart-shaped sunglasses while holding her dog.

“It’s good but not great, you should stick to acting,” she tells him. “Yeah, I probably should,” he replies.

Watch the video below.

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Nothing like being serenaded with my favorite @Britney Spears and @Elton John song 😹 #ThatsHot #ButCouldBeHotter @Tom

♬ Hold Me Closer – Elton John & Britney Spears

“I’m very confused but vibing,” one viewer commented. Another added: “I don’t understand what I’m watching but I’m here for it.”

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Last month, John and Britney Spears shared the music video for their recent collaborative single, ‘Hold Me Closer’, which featured an interpolation of ‘Tiny Dancer’.

The video was shot in Mexico City and directed by award-winning filmmaker Tanu Muino (Lil Nas XHarry StylesCardi B).

Elsewhere, this month Cruise revealed that he is set to perform a spacewalk for an upcoming film, making him the first civilian to do so.

Speaking to the BBC, Universal chairwoman Dame Donna Langley said that, if all goes to plan, the actor will be sent into space to film scenes on and outside the International Space Station.

“Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan,” she said.

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Yard Act’s James Smith on Elton John collab: “It was bananas”

“It felt like there’s ways we could accentuate and highlight the melody and the emotion of that track without over egging it, while still sling in a string section and loads of lush Elton John piano all over it. And then, obviously, because he’d been so kind about us and he’d been calling me a little bit, we thought why not ask him?”

Smith said that John’s response to the collaboration offer was “abso-fucking-lutely”, adding: “I think he’d been for a Chairman of the Board meeting at Watford or something [prior to the recording], and then he came to us. It was bananas.

“It was wicked. I don’t think there’s anything more Yard Act than you directly addressing Elton John within a song he’s playing piano on. You know what I mean? The fact he went for it. I was like, “That’s amazing.” It was such an experience and he was just such a sound, sound person. He was brilliant.”

Last week (July 1), John offered his own view on the unlikely team-up: “From the first moment I heard Yard Act, I fell in love with James’ lyrics, and the way he’s delivered the song. Their sound is such a breath of fresh air. When James called and asked if I would come into the studio I instantly loved the idea. I started out as a session musician in the late ’60s and I absolutely loved it then.

“They’re a very special band, with a massive future ahead of them and I’m honoured they’ve let me be a part of their journey.”

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Yard Act were recently named in a new study as this summer’s most-booked new music act on the European festival circuit.

The annual study, which is conducted by the European talent exchange programme ESNS Exchange, sheds a light on “the most promising European emerging acts of the moment”.

Yard Act have come out on top of this year’s study, racking up 11 bookings at ESNS Exchange-affiliated festivals in 2022.

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Listen to Orville Peck cover Elton John’s ‘Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters’

“I chose this song because it was always one of my favourites when I was younger,” Peck explained. “I just really think the storytelling in it is evocative and beautiful. It’s also equal parts witty and whimsical, but also heartbreaking. I love the combination of those two things.” Listen to ‘Mona Lisa And Mad Hatters’ below.

Peck’s contribution to the playlist follows Kim Petras covering Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ last week.

In April, Peck shared his second album, ‘Bronco’. In a four-star review, NME said: “This is a rich landscape: wholly modern and proudly queer. It’s an album of unabashed growth, as the artist gets in his feelings but never veers into self-pity. The masked cowboy is – paradoxically – baring his soul, unbridled and all the better for it. On ‘Bronco’, Peck wears his identity as matter-of-factly as the album’s retro-country razzle-dazzle. Allow him to sweep you away on horseback into the dusty sunset.”

Meanwhile, a new documentary focusing on Elton John’s ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour and his early years was announced in May. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And The Years That Made His Legend will be co-directed by R.J. Cutler and filmmaker and John’s husband, David Furnish. It will include an array of unseen concert footage from the past 50 years, as well as John’s handwritten journals and present-day footage of the musician and his family.

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Elton John announces 50th anniversary reissue of ‘Madman Across The Water’

The reissue features Bob Ludwig’s 2016 remaster of the main album, as well as 18 previously unreleased tracks, rare, restored material from the era, piano demos of the album, and the audio from John’s 1972 BBC Sounds For Saturday concert.

The box set, which is detailed further in the above video, also includes photos, an essay with interviews with those who helped make the album, memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive.

You can see the tracklist for the super deluxe box set reissue of ‘Madman Across The Water’ below.

CD 1

  • ‘Tiny Dancer’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Levon’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Razor Face’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Madman Across The Water’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Indian Sunset’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Holiday Inn’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Rotten Peaches’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘All The Nasties’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Goodbye’ (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  • ‘Indian Sunset’ (Live Radio Broadcast)
  • ‘Madman Across The Water’ (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson)
  • ‘Rock Me When He’s Gone’
  • ‘Levon’ (Mono Single Version)
  • ‘Razor Face’ (Extended Version)
  • CD 2

  • ‘Madman Across The Water’ (1970 Piano Demo)
  • ‘Tiny Dancer’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Levon’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Razor Face’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Madman Across The Water’ (1971 Piano Demo)
  • ‘Indian Sunset’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Holiday Inn’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Rotten Peaches’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘All The Nasties’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Goodbye’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Rock Me When He’s Gone’ (Piano Demo)
  • ‘Rock Me When He’s Gone’ (Full Version)
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    CD 3

  • ‘Tiny Dancer’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • ‘Rotten Peaches’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • ‘Razor Face’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • ‘Holiday Inn’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • ‘Indian Sunset’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • ‘Levon’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • ‘Madman Across The Water’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • ‘Goodbye’ (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  • Elton John recently announced a number of new dates for his farewell North American tour. You can find tickets for his North American dates here, and UK tickets here.

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    Elton John speaks out in support of Ukraine: “We are heartbroken”

    “For over 20 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has supported some of the most vulnerable people in Ukraine with access to HIV services and care, as part of our commitment to communities across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

    The ‘Rocket Man’ singer’s charity was established in 1992 and supports HIV prevention, education programs and support services for those living with HIV.

    “We are heartbroken and appalled to see this conflict unfold and our hearts are with the people of Ukraine who do not deserve to live through this nightmare,” he continued. “During these devastating times, we stand for an end to the violence and suffering in Ukraine so that life-saving services and humanitarian aid can reach those desperately in need.”

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    The actions of Putin, who has claimed that Russia does not intend to occupy Ukraine and that his country’s actions amount to a “special military operation”, have drawn widespread condemnation from across the globe.

    Reactions to the situation in Ukraine from prominent figures in the worlds of music, entertainment and politics have been posted on social media, with the likes of Foals’ Yannis Philippakis, Bring Me The Horizon‘s Oli Sykes, Franz Ferdinand‘s Alex Kapranos, Yungblud, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Taika Waititi and Amanda Palmer all speaking out in support of Ukraine.

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    Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks has penned an emotive post about the ongoing conflict saying “my heart is broken”, while Madonna voiced her support for Ukraine with a fanmade video set to a remix of her 2005 song ‘Sorry’.

    Meanwhile, Russian rapper Oxxxymiron has cancelled a series of shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    Ukraine, which has a population of 44million people, borders both Russia and the European Union. As the BBC reports, Russia has long resisted Ukraine’s move towards embracing European institutions like NATO and the EU.

    Putin is now demanding guarantees from the West and Ukraine that it will not join NATO, a defensive alliance of 30 countries, and that Ukraine demilitarise and become a neutral state.

    You can donate here to the Red Cross to help those affected by the conflict.

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    Charlie Puth says a “brutally honest” Elton John told him his “2019 music sucked”

    The singer went on to say that he wasn’t offended by John’s opinion.

    “He basically said I could make a lot better music, and he said that I should just make it myself, like I always do,” he said. “I was like, ‘Wow, you’re the first person that ever said that to me,’ but I was thinking the exact same thing when he said that.”

    He collaborated with John on the track ‘After All’ from ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ which was released as the album’s second single and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.

    In a three-star review of ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, NME called John’s collaboration with Puth, a “Disney-style power ballad which could have been from his Lion King soundtrack.”

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    Puth recently announced that the self-titled follow-up to his 2018 album ‘Voicenotes‘ is finished and that he made “most of it on TikTok.” He added, “My goal for this album is for everybody to know every song title before it comes out. I love the fact that ‘Light Switch’ has been teased for months, and people are making bootlegs of it.”

    Meanwhile, John has shared a glowing endorsement for the band Yard Act. Speaking to them on his Rocket Hour radio show in January, he told the group he would “love to catch up” with them in person. He also praised the Leeds outfit during an interview with NME last October, describing their musical style as “a different ballgame”. He added: “I can’t do it but I love it and I wonder how they do it.”

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    Elton John test positive for coronavirus, postpones US tour dates

    “Fortunately, I’m fully vaccinated and boosted and my symptoms are mild so I’m fully expecting to be able to make the Arkansas shows this weekend.”

    He concluded the post: “As always, thank you for all your love and support and I can’t wait to see you all soon!”

    CREDIT: Instagram/Elton John

    The Dallas shows were originally scheduled to take place tonight (January 25) and tomorrow (January 26). The rescheduled dates will be communicated to ticket holders soon.

    After multiple delays, John resumed his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana last week (January 19), where he treated the sold-out crowd to a career-spanning, hit-packed set.

    The show marked John’s first ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ gig since he performed in Australia in early March 2020. Since then, ongoing COVID-related restrictions have prevented the star from making his live comeback.

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    Meanwhile, Yard Act have shared a stripped-back cover of Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’ – you can listen to it here.

    Speaking about the cover, which the group told NME about earlier this month and was taken from their recent Apple Music Home Session, Smith said: “We did ‘Tiny Dancer’ ‘cause our new best pal Elton has been so kind about us in the press recently.

    “A song like ‘Tiny Dancer’ seems so far removed from what people assume Yard Act is, we thought it would be a really interesting way of showing not only our own versatility, but also the versatility of a song as good as ‘Tiny Dancer’.”

    John personally gave his blessing to the group for their cover in a “personal telephone call to frontman James Smith,” according to a press release.

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    Listen to Yard Act’s stripped-back cover of Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’

    John personally gave his blessing to the group for their cover in a “personal telephone call to frontman James Smith,” according to a press release.

    You can listen to the cover here.

    Elton John. Credit: Gregg Kemp

    John has previously spoken of his admiration of Yard Act. Speaking to NME in last year’s Big Read, John said of the band’s style: “I can’t do it but I love it and I wonder how they do it.”

    In this week’s NME Big Read with Yard Act, the group responded to John’s praise saying: “It was mind-blowing, I fucking love Elton John; I want to write some lyrics for him. I’m hoping we’ll bump into him at some point.

    “We’re doing a live cover of ‘Tiny Dancer’ to get his attention to pique his interest. It could go completely wrong, but you’re better off giving something a go. People are so fucking precious and judgemental: do something rather than nothing; we’re all gonna be dead soon.”

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    When asked if they’d like to do a collaboration, Smith replied:  “A hundred per cent! Can you imagine a band meeting where someone flagged they didn’t want to work with Elton John? They’d be booted instantly. I’d fucking love to work with him! We’d do a drive-in rock’n’roll song. I’d write some words for him to sing and then I’d join in on the chorus. It would be well good, like ‘Crocodile Rock Part Two’.”

    The Leeds group also shared another new single from their upcoming new album, ‘Overload’, which is released this Friday (January 21). ‘Pour Another’ follows on from previously released singles, ‘Rich’, ‘Payday’ and the album’s title track.

    Speaking about their latest track, Smith added: “‘Pour Another’ zooms in on the post-party conversations many hedonists will be all too familiar with.

    “It leaves the impending doom of daily life in a world on fire at the door, at that point in the night when you don’t want to let go of the moment you’re in, when everything is perfect and everyone is your new best friend. Those moments fade, because nothing stays as it was. You’re woken with a bang and you have to face the truth.”

    They’ll showcase the record on their 2022 UK headline tour, which kicks off next month (find ticket details here).

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    Watch Twenty One Pilots cover Elton John at first gig of 2022

    The band also performed the likes of ‘Mulberry Street’, ‘The Outside’ and ‘Saturday’ from recently released album ‘Scaled and Icy’. During the gig, they covered Elton John classic ‘Bennie And The Jets’ while ‘Shy Away’ featured a snippet of My Chemical Romance’s emo anthem ‘I’m Not Okay’.

    Check out footage below.

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    Twenty One Pilots played:

    ‘Stressed Out’
    ‘Heathens’
    ‘The Outside’
    ‘Lane Boy’
    ‘Mulberry Street’
    ‘Bennie And The Jets’ (Elton John cover)
    ‘Jumpsuit’
    ‘Heavydirtysoul’
    ‘Saturday’
    ‘Ride’
    ‘Car Radio’
    ‘Shy Away’
    ‘Trees’

    Twenty One Pilots have a busy 2022 lined up, as they take ‘Scaled And Icy’ on the road. After a handful of festival performances, the band have the UK leg of their ‘Takeover Tour’ happening in June before a lengthy US tour kicks off in August. Tickets are available now here.

    To give you a taste of what to expect from their live show, last year the band released a deluxe edition of ‘Scaled And Icy’ featuring nine tracks recorded during their massive hometown livestream.

    Last year, Tyler Joseph compared touring during COVID to Lord Of The Rings. “Galadriel says ‘This quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail’. Why am I telling you that?” Joseph said backstage in a pre-show speech ahead of their first show of 2020. “Well, we’re not in the clear. I know that you guys know there’s a lot of risk involved in going and playing shows right now.”

    “So I want you to know that I appreciate you guys taking the extra precautions, being smart and just know, Josh and I will be doing the same,” he continued. “We’ll be trying as hard as we can to get through this entire tour.”

     

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    Ed Sheeran wants Elton John to knock him off the top of the UK singles chart

    Sheeran himself has now backed John to secure his eighth UK number one single this week, writing on Instagram this afternoon (October 14): “Elton John is so close to knocking me off the #1 spot in the U.K.

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    “It will be his first number one in almost 20 years and I really want it to happen.”

    Sheeran added: “Please go buy/stream/download ‘Cold Heart’ with Dua Lipa now. 15 weeks at #1 was more than I ever expected anyway, love you all.

    “Who doesn’t wanna be knocked off by Elton anyway?”

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    John, who set a new UK charts record recently after ‘Cold Heart’ entered the top 10, is set to team up with Sheeran for a joint Christmas single this year.

    “Elton rang me on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas. Elton rings me almost every single day,” Sheeran told the Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2 earlier this month. “He said, ‘‘Step Into Christmas’ is number six in the charts! I want to do another Christmas song – will you do it with me?’”

    Of what to expect from the song, Sheeran said: “It’s just me and him. It’s great.”

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    Listen to Elton John and Charlie Puth’s new collaboration ‘After All’

    “I played electric piano and actually wrote the song all the way through and then Charlie wrote the lyrics pretty quickly. He’s incredibly quick, Charlie. We just had an amazing chemistry in the studio.”

    John hailed Puth as an “amazing musician”, adding that the pair “hit it off” following their new team-up. “He’s become a friend and a friend of the family,” he continued. “Our children love him and he loves them.”

    Puth commented: “As a songwriter, I have admired and looked up to Elton John my entire life. It is truly incredible how the melodies and chords seem to come to him instantly whenever he sits down at the piano.

    “I got to witness that firsthand when we wrote this song together. He is world-class and the true definition of a musical genius. Being a part of his musical journey is a dream come true.”

    Elsewhere, John said that he’s “really gotten closer” to everyone he worked with on ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, which also features guest spots from Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa and more.

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    Recorded over the last 18 months, John’s upcoming 32nd studio record came together after he was forced to pause his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour due to the coronavirus pandemic (he recently postponed his UK/European dates again until 2023).

    “The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album,” John said in a statement. “But, as the pandemic went on, one‐off projects kept cropping up.”

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    Elton John claims Boris Johnson is ignoring his requests to meet about touring visas

    “So I’m on the warpath to try and get this sorted out,” he said, adding, “I’ve requested a meeting with Boris Johnson. I’ve yet to hear back from him”.

    John has been vocal in his criticisms of the Government’s failure to negotiate visa-free travel and Europe-wide work permits for touring musicians in January’s Brexit deal.

    In July, he and husband David Furnish took part in a virtual meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier, to discuss free movement and visa-free arrangments for artists.

    “David & I will continue to fight for all artists, especially those at the start of their career, who are losing out because of the gaping holes in the UK Government’s disastrous trade agreement with Europe,” John shared on Twitter at the time.

    Earlier this week, John announced that he’d be postponing his forthcoming European and UK ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’ dates, due to a hip injury.

    The already-rescheduled shows were set to kick off at the end of this month, but will be pushed back to 2023.

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    Elton John announces collaborations album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’

    The diverse 16-track collection – 10 of which are brand new and previously unreleased – celebrates togetherness and sees John collaborating with a wide range of artists, including Miley Cyrus, Gorillaz, Young Thug, Andrew Watt, Brandi Carlile, Yo-Yo Ma, Stevie Wonder and more. The album features John’s recently released collaboration with Dua Lipa, ‘Cold Heart’,

    “Some of the recording sessions had to be done remotely, via Zoom, which I’d obviously never done before,” John said of how he recorded the project. “Some of the sessions were recorded under very stringent safety regulations: working with another artist, but separated by glass screens. But all the tracks I worked on were really interesting and diverse, stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into completely new territory.”

    John said the way in which he laid down the album felt similar to how he used to work on music when he was a session musician.

    “At the start of my career, in the late 60s, I worked as a session musician. Working with different artists during lockdown reminded me of that,” he recalled, before adding that with ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ he’d “come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast.”

    Due out October 22, you can pre-order/pre-save ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ here – see the album artwork and tracklist below.

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    1. Elton John & Dua Lipa – ‘Cold Heart’ (PNAU Remix)
    2. Elton John, Young Thug & Nicki Minaj – ‘Always Love You’
    3. Surfaces feat. Elton John – ‘Learn To Fly’
    4. Elton John & Charlie Puth – ‘After All’
    5. Rina Sawayama & Elton John – ‘Chosen Family’
    6. Gorillaz feat. Elton John & 6LACK – ‘The Pink Phantom’
    7. Elton John & Years & Years – ‘It’s a sin’ (global reach mix)
    8. Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith – ‘Nothing Else Matters’
    9. Elton John & SG Lewis – ‘Orbit’
    10. Elton John & Brandi Carlile – ‘Simple Things’
    11. Jimmie Allen & Elton John – ‘Beauty In The Bones’
    12. Lil Nas X feat. Elton John – ‘One Of Me’
    13. Elton John & Eddie Vedder – ‘E-Ticket’
    14. Elton John & Stevie Wonder – ‘Finish Line’
    15. Elton John & Stevie Nicks – ‘Stolen Car’
    16. Glen Campbell & Elton John – ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’

    Earlier this month it was reported that Lady Gaga and Elton John are working on a “hardcore drum and bass” track together.

    The pair previously joined forces on ‘Sine From Above’, which featured on Gaga’s last album ‘Chromatica’, released in May 2020. While the original offering leaned heavily into pop and dance-led sounds, the new track will reportedly “shock” fans.

    Meanwhile, Elton John has revealed that Ed Sheeran bought him a “giant marble penis” for his birthday earlier this year.

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    Ed Sheeran gave Elton John a “giant marble penis” for his birthday

    Asked where he keeps it, John replied: “I suggested to [husband] David [Furnish] that I should put it in the garden. And he said, ‘No, we have children.’” Now, the statue is “hidden in an area in the house where” the pair’s two young sons won’t see it.

    He added: “But it’s a beautifully-made penis. What can I tell you? What do you buy the man who has everything? A beautiful marble penis!”

    The marble statue isn’t the first time an artist has bought John a penis-related gift. In 2017, the ‘Tiny Dancer’ singer shared that Eminem gave him a pair of diamond-encrusted cock rings in celebration of his civil partnership with David Furnish back in 2006.

    Elton John and Eminem in 2001. CREDIT: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

    Elsewhere during the interview, John recalled speaking to Sheeran about his fashion sense and how he asked Donatella Versace to smarten up the singer’s famously scruffy appearance, which included making the pink suit he wore in his ‘Bad Habits’ video.

    “I said, ‘Ed, listen. You’ve worn the baggy shirts and the trousers and it’s got you so far but it’s now time to make a change,’” John said. “About a year and a half ago, I fixed him up with Donatella Versace and got him some stuff.”

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    Meanwhile, Sheeran debuted two new tracks during an intimate show in Coventry on Wednesday (August 25).

    The singer-songwriter, who will release his fifth album ‘=’ in October, performed at the city’s 1500-capacity HMV Empire in celebration of the music retailer’s 100th birthday.

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    Dua Lipa and Elton John preview slick new collaboration, ‘Cold Heart’

    A preview snippet of the sparkling, groove-based song begins with John on vocals before Lipa incorporates lyrics from the former’s classic hit ‘Rocket Man’ (“And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time/ ‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find“).

    “I am so excited to finally be able to tell you all that I have a new single with Dua Lipa ‘Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)’ coming out this Friday!” John wrote to announce the collaboration.

    “Dua, I adore you, and it has been an incredible experience making this together. I can’t wait for you all to hear it!” Responding in the comments section, Lipa wrote: “I love you!!!! I’m so excited”

    See those posts below.

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    Elton John recently praised Dua Lipa as well as Lorde, Billie Eilish and more during an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. Lipa, meanwhile, said she “absolutely lost [her] mind” when John played ‘Levitating’ on his Rocket Hour radio show, which last month reached its 300th episode.

    Earlier this week, John shared a rendition of BTS’ ‘Permission To Dance’. “Thanks, BTS. Love to the ARMY,” he said at the end of the Twitter video.

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    Elton John partially reschedules German leg of farewell tour

    “As such it has been necessary to once again review my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour and make some difficult decisions. I hope you can appreciate that these decisions are not ones we have taken lightly, but with due consideration for the situation in each country and the safety of our fans and everyone involved with this amazing show.

    “Based on the information we have received, venues in Germany will not be allowed to reopen to 100 per cent capacity in the near future, and as we have sold 100 per cent of the tickets to my show we have taken the decision to reschedule.”

    The singer’s shows in the UK are still expected to take place from October this year, beginning at AO Arena in Manchester.

    Last week, John responded to comments made by DaBaby during a recent live set, after the rapper drew criticism for controversial remarks he made surrounding homosexuality and HIV/AIDS.

    “We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show,” John wrote. “This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

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    “You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people.”

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    Elton John condemns DaBaby for fuelling “stigma” around HIV

    He added: “Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone light up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up.”

    DaBaby also claimed HIV will “make you die in two or three weeks”.

    John – who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity in 1992 – took to Instagram earlier today (July 28) to share his thoughts on the rapper’s comments and to offer some facts and figures relating to HIV.

    “We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show,” John wrote. “This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

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    The singer then shared a few key facts and statistics:

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    “HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children and the most vulnerable people in our communities.

    “In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to break down the myths and judgements and not fuel these.

    “You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people.”

    John concluded his post by pointing out that “a musician’s job is to bring people together”, therefore there is no place in our society and industry for “homophobic and HIV mistruths”.

    “As musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities,” he added.

    Dua Lipa – whose 2020 ‘Levitating’ remix features a verse from DaBaby – has said she is “surprised and horrified” by the rapper’s comments.

    “I really don’t recognise this as the person I worked with,” she said in a post to her Instagram Story. “I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100 per cent with the LGTBQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS.”

    DaBaby has since taken to Twitter to offer an apology for his remarks. “What I said was insensitive,” he said, “Even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies.”

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    Elton John vows to help new artists tour Europe despite “disastrous” Brexit deal

    Today (July 6), John and his husband David Furnish took part in a virtual meeting with Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, and a number of others, to discuss free movement and visa-free arrangements for artists.

    “Very happy to meet & discuss today with @eltonofficial, who despite #Brexit, is fighting for free movement and visa-free arrangements for artists,” Barnier tweeted, sharing a screenshot from the meeting. “Citizens, artists, students are the first to lose out from #Brexit. It didn’t have to be this way.”

    John then shared Barnier’s tweet, writing: “David & I will continue to fight for all artists, especially those at the start of their career, who are losing out because of the gaping holes in the UK Government’s disastrous trade agreement with Europe.”

    He concluded: “We need to act now to save the music industry and support future talent.”

    David & I will continue to fight for all artists, especially those at the start of their career, who are losing out because of the gaping holes in the UK Government's disastrous trade agreement with Europe.

    We need to act now to save the music industry and support future talent. https://t.co/DxHvDdTGqa

    — Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 6, 2021

    Recently, Welsh electro pioneer Kelly Lee Owens scrapped her entire European tour as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and the “anxiety” they had created – warning NME that the current situation is “doing serious damage to individuals“.

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    This comes after last month saw a new poll show that the majority of UK voters want the government to be doing more to solve the post-Brexit touring fiasco for musicians and crew, while campaigners have vowed that their “anger is not going away until they find a solution”.

    The government has often been accused of treating the sector like “an afterthought” in Brexit negotiations compared to the £1.2billion fishing industry.

    Responding to the criticisms at the time, a government spokesperson from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport claimed that they “had always been clear that the end of freedom of movement would have implications for professional mobility”.

    A controversial issue throughout the continent, European festival promoters have said that they could be likely to book fewer UK acts as a result of Brexit, while figures from the UK music industry have expressed concern that the impact of the deal on musicians who might not be able to tour Europe could also potentially prevent them from acquiring a visa to play in the United States.

    Bookers in Europe have told NME that “the effort should come from the UK” to overcome this.

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    Brexit negotiator hits back at Elton John before being accused of “hanging music industry out to dry”

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    Elton John calls UK ministers “philistines” over Brexit touring fiasco

    “We’ve been talking to Lord Strasburger about it, and we’ve been talking to Lord Frost, but we didn’t really get anywhere with him. It’s a nightmare. To young people just starting a career, it’s crucifying.”

    Musicians protesting against Brexit in 2019. CREDIT: Richard Baker/Getty Images

    John continued: “The government are philistines. We’ve got used to governments – especially the British government – just telling us lies every day, and I don’t feel OK with that.

    “Look what they did with the NHS. After all that those people did during Covid, they give them a 1% increase. I find that extraordinary. It makes me so angry. I’m 74 years of age and I just don’t get this unfairness and this ridiculous ability to lie through your teeth every fucking minute of the day.”

    John also acknowledged that the changes will disproportionately affect smaller and independent musicians.

    “People like me can afford to go to Europe because we can get people to fill in the forms and get visas done, but what makes me crazy is that the entertainment business brings in £111bn a year to this country and we were just tossed away. The fishing industry – which they still fucked up – brings in £1.4bn.

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    “And I’m all for the fishermen, but we’re talking about more than a hundred billion pounds of difference here, and we weren’t even thought about! ‘Oh well, the arts: they don’t matter.’”

    Earlier this week (June 23), it was announced that over 200 artists including Wolf AliceIDLESPoppy Ajudha, Radiohead and many other music industry bodies have come together for the new #LetTheMusicMove campaign – calling upon the UK government to urgently take action on post-Brexit touring issues.

    Annie Lennox, Biffy Clyro, Anna Calvi, Skunk Anansie, Everything Everything, Bob Geldof, Editors, Mark Knopfler, Two Door Cinema Club, New Order, Rick Astley, Ghostpoet, Midge Ure, Glasvegas, Anna Meredith, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Keane, The Chemical Brothers, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Blur’s David Rowntree, Gilles Peterson, Jack Garratt, Dave Okumu, Bill Ryder-Jones, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and many, many others have also signed up.

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    Elton John says UK will lose “generation of talent” due to post-Brexit touring rules

    John shared the post to his Instagram, revealing that he – alongside his partner and Rocket Entertainment CEO David Furnish, promoter Craig Stanley and Lord Paul Strasberger – met with Lord Frost “to spell out the damage the trade agreement he negotiated with Europe is doing to the UK’s music industry”.

    “Despite this looming catastrophe, the government seems unable or unwilling to fix this gaping hole in their trade deal and defaults to blaming the EU rather than finding ways out of this mess,” he said.

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    John described touring as “an essential part” of education for artists, but said it risked becoming prohibitive for artists under the current arrangement.

    “The situation is already critical and touring musicians, crews and support staff are already losing their livelihood,” he said.

    John went on to explain that he was not concerned with the risk for artists on a similar level to himself, who frequent arenas and stadiums.

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    “We are lucky enough to have the support staff, finance and infrastructure to cut through the red tape that Lord Frost’s no deal has created,” he said.

    Elton added: “During our meeting Lord Frost said trying to solve this issue is a long process.”

    “Unfortunately, our industry doesn’t have time. It is dying now. The government have broken the promise they outlined in 2020 to protect musicians and other creative industries from the impact of Brexit on tours to Europe.”

    Concluding his statement, Elton said the government risked ruining a “window of opportunity” that had been presented by the way in which the pandemic has halted touring.

    “I call on the government to sort this mess out or we risk losing future generations of world-beating talent,” he said.

    “This is about whether one of the UK’s most successful industries, worth £111bn a year, is allowed to prosper and contribute hugely to both our cultural and economic wealth, or crash and burn.”

    Last weekend, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was also criticised when he boasted that trade deals with Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein would allow seamless touring – with musicians pointing out that all three countries make up a small proportion of the continent.

    Elsewhere, European festival promoters have said that they could be likely to book fewer UK acts as a result of Brexit, while figures from the UK music industry have expressed concern that the impact of the deal on musicians who might not be able to tour Europe could also potentially prevent them from acquiring a visa to play in the United States.

    The government was also previously accused of treating the sector like “an afterthought” in Brexit negotiations compared to the £1.2billion fishing industry.

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    Watch Ed Sheeran sing ‘Tiny Dancer’ with Elton John, Courteney Cox and Brandi Carlile

    After the rendition came to a messy end, Sheeran addressed the camera again. “Whatever, whatever!” he said. Tony Danza, we did it! We did it!” Watch the video below now.

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    Last month, the British singer-songwriter joined up with Cox to recreate a famous dance routine created by Ross and Monica on Friends. The actor uploaded a video of her and Sheeran doing the moves from season six episode ‘The One With The Routine’, which sees Ross and Monica appear as extras on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, on her Instagram page.

    Cox recently reunited with the rest of the Friends cast for the show’s long-awaited and much-delayed reunion.

    Reviewing Friends: The Reunion, NME said: “For the most part, it’s a shameless nostalgia fest with little point or purpose. Yet amid the oh-so-carefully planned set pieces are a few honest bits that fans will love.

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    “The Reunion’s closing minutes are equally poignant, building up to another tear-stained goodbye – and Cox promising (with emphasis) that this is indeed the final on-screen Friends farewell. Thankfully a dinner date is mooted, as long as it’s away from the cameras. Can someone book a table for 17 years’ time?”

    Meanwhile, Sheeran is set to perform his new single at TikTok’s UEFA Euro 2020 event. The gig will only be available to stream on his TikTok page and will take place on June 25.

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    Elton John and Charlize Theron ask Boris Johnson to help with fight against AIDs

    “While naturally Covid-19 is currently dominating the agenda, it is vital that you and your fellow leaders also protect and build on what we have achieved in the fight to end AIDS and use that in the struggle against Covid-19.

    “The Covid-19 crisis has shut down HIV prevention and treatment services, in many countries literally overnight. It has cut off millions of girls from school, and driven up poverty, gender-based violence and human rights violations. All of these factors increase people’s risks of acquiring HIV or of developing AIDS. Already we have seen a steep increase in rates of adolescent pregnancy, which we know will mean a surge in HIV infections too.

    “The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria has warned that HIV service delivery has been massively disrupted with HIV testing falling by 41% across 502 health facilities in Africa and Asia. The World Health Organisation has highlighted widespread disruption to HIV treatment supply chains.”

    Boris Johnson. CREDIT: Tolga Akmen / POOL / AFP

    Theron is the Founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project while Sir Elton is the founder of his Elton John AIDS Foundation.

    “As leaders and champions of the global HIV response, we now fear that the number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths will climb again.”

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    The letter continued: “The G7 meeting in June, coming on the heels of the UN High Level Meeting on HIV and the Fortieth Anniversary of the first AIDS cases, presents a vital opportunity to rally the world to act together. You rightly plan to focus the G7 meeting on addressing global health and pandemics. We have seen over the past year how such pandemics thrive on the fault lines of racial, social and economic inequality.”

    “We must end Covid-19, and AIDS, everywhere, together. The G7 must commit to increased investment in tackling long-standing, new and future pandemics together. The UK must drive ambitious G7 support for international progress as convenor and by example.”

    It concluded: “The eyes of the world, Prime Minister, are on the UK, and on you.”

    You can read the letter in full here.

    Meanwhile, Elton John was honoured with an Icon Award at last week’s (May 27) iHeartRadio Music Awards, where a number of artists also performed a medley of his biggest hits.

    H.E.R., Brandi Carlile and Demi Lovato were on hand at the Los Angeles ceremony to perform ‘Bennie and the Jets’ and more.

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    BRITs 2021: Elton John and Years & Years team up for spectacular ‘It’s A Sin’ cover

    The It’s A Sin TV show shone a light on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s’, with Alexander portraying Ritchie Tozer.

    Hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, this year’s BRIT Awards ceremony opened with Coldplay performing their new single ‘Higher Power’ from a pontoon on the River ThamesDua LipaArlo ParksHeadie One and more also took to the stage at The O2 Arena throughout the evening.

    Winners include Haim (International Group), Arlo Parks (Breakthrough Artist), Dua Lipa (Female Solo Artist) and J Hus (Male Solo Artist).

    Check back at NME.COM for all the latest news and interviews from the BRIT Awards 2021.

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