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30 Mar 2009

Famous Israelian Eltonites

Sharon Cohen, professionally known as Dana International was born on 2nd February 1972 and she is an Israeli pop singer of a Yemenite Jewish origin. She is most famous for having won the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest with her song "Diva." She declared her admiration to Elton: "I won't be surprised if one day I will record a duet with Elton John" said Dana on an interview, "In all modesty, I think that there is no limit to what anyone can do, if he only believes in himself."

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on December 1946, to Hungarian Jewish parents, Uri Geller was named after a cousin who had been killed in a bus accident. At the age of 11, Geller and his family moved to Nicosia, Cyprus, where he attended a Catholic high school and learned English. Then at the age of 18 he served as a paratrooper in the Israeli Army, and was wounded in action during the 1967 Six-Day War. Geller first started to perform as a magician in nightclubs in Tel Aviv. By the 1970s, Geller became popular in the United States and Europe. He also received attention from the scientific community, who were interested in examining his psychic abilities. At the peak of his career in the 1970s, he worked full-time, performing for television audiences worldwide.

Uri Geller explained on the following article how John Lennon believed in extraterrestrials and the experience he related to him. He reminded that Thanksgiving Day, in 1974, with John and Elton and he wrote: "When we first met on November 28, 1974 he was suffering terribly from his separation from Yoko. His drug abuse, and drinking, linked to the sorrow of Yoko's recent miscarriage, had driven them apart, and John desperately wanted to mend the relationship.

He just didn't know how to make the first move. The night Lennon and I were introduced, Elton John was playing at Madison Square Gardens. Elton was trying to persuade the ex-Beatle to get up on stage with him, and John was torn -- he wanted to perform but he was scared.

Finally he turned to me and offered a deal, as though I were a negotiator sent by God: "I'll sing," he said, "but you have to make Yoko call me."

Like all of John's jokes, this one was a plea from the heart, wrapped in a sardonic quip. Yoko phoned John out of the blue, 36 hours later"

From Uri Geller's article "Experiences with UFOs: The Night the Aliens called John Lennon", on

29 Mar 2009

Please, Eltonites, open up your heart to receive a very special guest....

Well Eltonites: Today we have an special guest. She's an exceptional athlete, winner of County, State, National and Regional competitions in gymnastic. Her mother enrolled her in gymnastic classes when she broke her collarbone and she excelled. She performs on the Balance Beam, Uneven Bars and the Floor.
Back in her earlier days, she also performed on the Vault. Also, she's a truly eltonite and uses Elton's music in her performances, finding the inspiration in his music. In fact, her performances included the tender "Tiny Dancer" for her routine on the Balance Beam and, the winner, "Grey Seal" for her routine on the Uneven Bars. Is this blogsite's honour to receive a championship winner: the fantastic and beatiful... Missy!!!!!!!!

But first... Could you tell us, please, who are you and where are you from?

I am both a State and National Gymnast from New Jersey.

Right. When did you became an Eltonite? Remember the first time you heard Elton's music and what moves you to buy his music?

I became an Eltonite about seven years ago. I heard Eltons music many years ago as a teenager. I had purchased Eltons music because it has been a major achievement in winning the Gold Medal.

Great! What was it like seeing Elton for the first time and how many concerts have you been? And also, could you tell us if you ever have been in touch with him, get a signed autograph or even, speak with him or with other member of his band?

I saw Elton for the first time in 2002 and it was an "Awsome" experience. I have been to seven Elton John concerts. I have never been in touch with Elton. However, last April while attending the Gainsville concert, I had brought my Gold Medal. I was able to rush the stage and Elton did sign the Gold Medal ribbon. I also was able to speak with Nigel Olsson, Bob Birch, Davey Johnstone and John Mahon regarding the fact I am a State and National gymnast using Eltons music for my gymnastics routines. They were all kind enough to sign the Gold Medal ribbon.

You have a great story about John, precisely... Do you mind to share that with us, please?

While in Gainsville, I had the opportunity to meet John Mahon while they were on the road. I was able to share with him the fact that I am a State and National gymnast who is performing three of my gymnastics routines to Eltons music. While I was chatting with him, I also shared the GOLD MEDALS that were won while using Eltons music. John was thrilled about this.

Wow!!! Which songs you used for your gymnastic exercises and which ones are appropiated too?

I have just updated my music for the next gymnastics meet. I will be performing to Eltons Burn Down the Mission on the Uneven Bars. For the Balance Beam, I am going to continue to perform to Tiny Dancer. My new Floor routine will be performed to Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting. I look forward to performing the new routines in the upcoming competition.

Elton had his golden age era in the 70s, especially in your country, the U.S.A. What do you think about how it was the impact of his bisexual confession in 1976?

I think he's a great musician and artist, his sexuality has not hindered his success.

Which is your Elton's item that you really appreciate, for being hard to get or for the happiness you've got to have it?

I really don't have any Elton items. I am just thrilled that he was able to hold and sign the Gold Medal ribbon.

Finally, could you tell me your five favourite Elton's songs in running order, for my AllSongsList? (answer)
My favorite Elton songs are

1- Burn Down the Mission
2- Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting
3- Tiny Dancer
4- Funeral for a Friend
5- Grey Seal

Thank you. Would you want to add some observation or suggestion, or something you want to say to other eltonites?

Thank you everyone on the Elton John Forum for all of your support. Many of you have given me some helpful suggestions regarding my gymnastics. I look forward to sharing the next gymnastics meet with you.

Thank you Missy, really a pleasure to chat with you. Enjoyable experience.

It's funny how we eltonites find inspiration in Elton's music in different areas of our life: romantic sides, some as the soundtrack of his/her own life, some professional uses and for winning a gold metal, as Missy did in the 2007 National Meeting in Philadelphia.

Take care and good luck!!! We would like to share your success in the next meeting if you want... I wish you all the best and all the luck you deserve... the E. spirit is on you!!! Go on!!! "Bring your family down to the riverside...."

Elton Tourin' England: The Statistics

Elton John has done 357 concerts live in England while on Tour.

He has been in London (115 times), Birmingham (32), Manchester (21), Leeds (13), Sheffield (13), Liverpool (12), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (9), Bristol (8), Newcastle (8), Southampton (8), Bournemouth (7), Nottingham (7), Brighton (6), Coventry (6), Croydon (5), Leicester (4), Derbyshire (3), Oxford (3), Preston (3), Watford (3), Blackpool (2), Bedfordshire (2), Chelmford (2), Edmonton (2), Exeter (2), Hampshire (2), Huddersfield (2), Hull (2), Lancaster (2), Lancs (2), Lincolnshire (2), Newport (2), Northamptonshire (2), Plymouth (2), St. Austell (2), Taunton (2), Weybridge (2), Berkshire (1), Bolton (1), Bradford (1), Brixton (1), Canterbury (1), Carlisle (1), Chester-Le-Street (1), Cleethorpes (1), Darlington (1), Doncaster (1), Durham (1), Guildford (1), Halifax (1), Hanley (1), Hemel Hempsted (1), Hove (1), Kilmarnock (1), Kingston (1), Krumlin (1), Lanchester (1), Loughborough (1), Mile End Road (1), Norwich City (1), Paddock Wood (1), Perth (1), Port Talbot (1), Reading (1), Stirling (1), Stockton-On-Tees (1), Strock-On-Trent (1), Swansea (1), Swindon (1), Twickenham (1), Uxbridge (1), Waltham Forest (1), Wolverhampton (1) and Worcester (1).

Elton's favourite places are Wembley Arena, London (25); Hammersmith Odeon, London (24); NEC, Birmingham (19); Royal Albert Hall, London (14); Apollo Theatre, Manchester (9); City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (9); City Hall, Sheffield (7); Empire Theatre, Liverpool (7); Rainbow Theatre, London (6); Royal Drury Lane Theatre, London (6); Wembley Stadium, London (6); Birmingham Odeon, Birmingham (5); Earl's Court, London (5); Gaumont Theatre, Southampton (5); Brighton Dome, Brighton (4); Carling Apollo Harmmersmith, London (4); City Hall, Newcastle (4); Colston Hall, Bristol (4); Fairfield Hall, Croydon (4); MEN Arena, Manchester (4); Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (4); Sheffield Arena, Sheffield (4); The Hippodrome, Bristol (4); Town Hall, Birmingham (4); Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (4); Coventry Theatre, Coventry (3); Guildhall, Preston (3); Leeds Castle, Leeds (3); O2 Arena, London (3); University, Leeds (3); Belle Vue, Manchester (2); Brighton Center, Brighton (2); Broadlands, Hampshire (2); Burghley Park, Lincolnshire (2); Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire (2); Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (2); Coliseum, St. Austell (2); De Monfort Hall, Leicester (2); Echo Arena, Liverpool (2); Free Trade Hall, Manchester (2); Grand Theatre, Leeds (2); Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield (2); Hampstead County Club, London (2); Hampton Court Palace, London (2); Hard Rock, Manchester (2); Harewood House, Leeds (2); Hyland House, Chelmford (2); International Centre, Bournemouth (2); King's Dock Waterfront, Liverpool (2); Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge (2); New Theatre, Coventry (2); Newport Center, Newport (2); NIA, Birmingham (2); Nottingham Arena, Nottingham (2); Opera House, Blackpool (2); Queen Elizabeth Hall, Antwerp London (2); Queen's Hall, Leeds (2); Roundhouse Chalk Farm, London (2); Shaw Theatre NYT, Lancs (2); Shepherds Bush Empire, London (2); Telewest Arena, Newcastle (2),; The Hippodrome, Birmingham (2); University, Lancaster (2); Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire (2); ABC Theatre, Plymouth (1); ABC Theatre, Stockton-On-Tees (1); American School, London (1); Arts Festival, Lanchester (1); Assembly Rooms, Derby (1); Bailey's Club, Watford (1); Balfour Webnet Darlington Arena, Darlington (1); Britannia Stadium, Stroke-On-Trent (1); Brunel University, Uxbridge (1); Brunton Park, Carlisle (1); Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich City (1); City Hall, Hull (1); Civic Hall, Guildford (1); Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (1); Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton (1); County Ground, Swindon (1); County Cricket Ground, Hove (1); County Cricket Ground, Taunton (1); County Cricket Ground, Worcester (1); Crumlin Festival, Halifax (1); Crystal Palace Bowl, London (1); Durham County Cricket Ground, Chester-Le-Street (1); Evening News Arena, Manchester (1); Fitness First Stadium, Bournemouth (1); Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield (1); Guildhall, Portsmouth (1); Guildhall, Southampton (1); Hyde Park, London (1); Highclere Castle, Berkshire (1); Highfield Road, Coventry (1); Home Park, Plymouth (1); Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood (1); Imperial College, London (1); Kassam Stadium, Oxford (1); KC Stadium, Hull (1); Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster (1); Liberty Stadium, Swansea (1); Lyceum Ballroom Theatre, London (1); Macalpine Stadium, Huddersfield (1); Madjeski Stadium, Reading (1); Margam Park, Port Talbot (1); Marquee Club, London (1); McDiarmid Park, Perth (1); Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (1); Mothers, Birmingham (1); National Ice Arena, Nottingham (1); New Theatre, Oxford (1); Newcastle Arena, Newcastle (1); Nynex Arena, Manchester (1); Odeon, Taunton (1); Oxford Theatre, Oxford (1); Pavillion, Hemel Hempsted (1); Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (1); Polytechnic, Kingston (1); Powderham Castle, Exeter (1); Raby Castle, Durham (1); Revolution Club, London (1); Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (1); Shaw Theatre, London (1); Speakeasy, London (1); St. Lawrence Cricket Ground, Canterbury (1); St. Mary's College, Twickenham (1); St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton (1); Sundown, Brixton (1); Sundown, Mile End Road (1); Sundown Theatre, Edmonton (1); Technical College, Waltham Forest (1); The Bumpers Club, London (1); The Fox, Croydon (1); The Valley Stadium, London (1); Town Hall, Watford (1); University, Bradford (1); University, Exeter (1); University, Leicester (1); University, Loughborough (1); University, Southampton (1); University, Stirling (1); University College, London (1); Vicarage Road, Watford (1); Victoria Hall, Hanley (1); Wintergardens, Cleethorpes (1); Wanderers FC Stadium, Bolton (1) and Yorkshire Jazz, Folk & Blues Festival, Krumlin (1).

First time he played in England was on March 1970 on the "Elton John Tour" (11 shows). Then it was “Tumbleweed Connection Tour” (25), “Madman Across The Water Tour” (13), “Honky Chateau Tour” (13), “Don’t Shoot Me! Tour” (19), “Yellow Brick Road Tour” (10), “1974 - Christmas At The Odeon Series” (5), “Louder Than Concorde Tour” (24), “The Rainbow Theatre Concerts” (6), “A single man in Concert” (25), “1982 - On Tour in the U.K. (37); “The European Express Tour (6), “1985/86 World Tour” (29), “ Reg Strikes back Tour (12), “The One Tour” (8), “1993/94/95 - An evening with E.J. & Ray Cooper“ (12), “The Big Picture Tour” (8), Face To Face 1998 Tour without Billy Joel due to illness (2), “An Evening with Elton John Tour“ (5), “The Stately Home Tour” (17), "Songs From The West Coast Tour" (13), “Elton John Solo Tour” (5), “Elton John & His Band Tour” (2), 2004 – “Elton John With the R.A.M. Orchestra & Choir Shows” (5), “Peachtree Road Tour” (28), “The Red Piano Tour” (9) and finally "Rocket Man Tour" (9).

The largest set list was on "An Evening With Elton John & Ray Cooper", in 1993, with 31 songs and the shortest "The Elton John Tour", in 1970, with only 10 songs on the set list.

He has played 162 different songs in England while on Tour.

The songs most played are Your song (352 times), Rocket Man (283), Bennie and the jets (252), Daniel (249), Don't let the sun go down on me (213), Saturday night's alright (198), Take me to the pilot (195), Funeral for a friend (189), Candle in the wind (175), Crocodile rock (173), Sorry seems to be the hardest word (171), Love lies bleeding (165), The bitch is back (161), I guess that's why they call it the blues (152).

Then it comes: Philadelphia freedom (146), Someone saved my life tonight (133), Goodbye yellow brick road (131), Border song (130), Pinball wizard (129), I'm still standing (124), Tiny dancer (124), Honky cat (122), Burn down the mission (114), Better off dead (113), Tonight (104), Sixty years on (103), Levon (100), Blue eyes (97), Sacrifice (85), Hercules (77), Mona lisas and mad hatters (76), The king must die (75).

Follows: Sad songs (say so much) (73), Skyline pigeon (69), Where to now St. Peter? (69), The one (68), Country comfort (67), Song for Guy (67), Holiday Inn (66), Whole lotta shakin' (64), Nikita (62), Get back (61), Empty garden (56), All the girls love Alice (53), Madman across the water (53), Believe (52), Can I put you on (52), Indian Sunset (50), I think I'm going to kill myself (50), Honky tonk women (49), Have mercy on the criminal (47), I don't wanna go on with you like that (47), The greatest discovery (47), I need you to turn to (44), I saw her standing there (43), Talking old soldiers (43), Ticking (42), Are you ready for love (39), My baby left me (39), Twist and shout (38), All quiet on the western front (37), Elton's song (37), Where have all the good times gone (37), Chloe (36), Restless (35), Carla / Etude (32), Crazy water (31), I heard it through the grapevine (31), Lucy in the sky with diamonds (31), Roy Rogers (31), I want love (30), Can I get a wittness ? (29), Elderberry wine (29), Highlander (29), One horse town (29), Passengers (29), Shoot down the moon (29), Song for you (29), Tell me when the whistle blows (29), This town (29), Wrap her up (29), They call her the cat (28), Turn the ligths out when you leave (28), Circle of life (27), Amoreena (26), Captain Fantastic & Brown Dirt Cowboy (26), Friends (26), The honey roll (26), The last song (26), Part time love (25), Empty Sky (24), Grow some funk of your own (24), High-flying bird (24), Island girl (24), We all fall in love sometimes / Curtains (24), Kiss the bride (23), Ball and chain (21), Ballad of the boy in the red shoes (20), Mona lisas and mad hatters part two (20), This train don't stop there anymore (20), Harmony (19), Teacher I need you (19), Idol (18), Simple life (18), All that I'm allowed (I'm thankful) (17), Don't go breaking my heart (16), Original sin (15), Something about the way you look tonight (15), Can you feel the love tonight (14), All the nasties (13), America (13), Ballad of a well known gun (13), Grey seal (13), Razor face (13), Rotten peaches (13), Suzie (Dramas) (13), The wasteland (13), A word in spanish (12), American triangle (11), Electricity (11), Live like horses (11), Oh my sweet Carolina (11), The north (11), Bad side of the moon (10), I've seen that movie too (10), Porch swing in Tupelo (10), The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34) (10), This song has no title (10).

And the rest: If the river can bend, The show must go on, Come down in time, House, Weight of the world, Answer in the sky, Bite your lip, get up and dance, Blue avenue, Cage the songbird, Dan dare (pilot of the future), Freaks in love, Goodbye, I fell like a bullet, My elusive drug, One more arrow, Rock me when he's gone, Sweet painted lady, Too low for zero, White Christmas, Grimsby, Love's got a lot to answer for, Made In England, Moon river, Great balls of fire, The bridge, Rudolph the red noised reindeer, Runaway train, Jumping jack flash, Piano man, Uptown girl, Auld Lang Syne, I can't keep this from you, I will cry tonight, In a door / Generation of love, Solar prestige a gammon, Baby you're a rich man (excerpt), Charlie Brown theme song (excerpt), Dear Prudence (excerpt), In the mood (excerpt), Oh Susannah! (snippet), Singin' in the rain (excerpt), The stripper (snippet).

27 Mar 2009

Elton John In The U.K. Charts

Top 1

Something about the way you look tonight / Candle in the wind 1997
Ghetto Gospel feat. Indian sunset / Thugs get lonely too
Perfect day (BBC Promotional) / Perfect day - Perfect day (BBC Promotional)
Sorry seems to be the hardest word / Sweet thing
Sacrifice - Healing Hands
Don't Go Breaking My Heart / Snow queen
Are you ready for love (79 Radio edit) / Are you ready for love (Full Lenght 79 version) - Three way to love affair
Don't let the sun go down on me / I Believe

Top 2
Rocket man / Holiday inn - Goodbye
True love / The show must go on

Top 3
Nikita / The man who never died

Top 4
I'm Still Standing / Earn while you learn
Daniel / Skyline pigeon
Song for guy / Lovesick
Your song / Your song - Your song (video)
Electricity / Indian sunset

Top 5
I guess that's why they call it the blues / Lord choc ice goes mental
Crocodile Rock / Elderberry wine
Passengers / Lonely boy
Candle in the wind / Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Top 6
Goodbye yellow brick road / Screw you

Top 7
Your song / Into the old man's shoes
Sad songs / A simple man
Saturday night's alright / Jack rabbit - Whenever you're ready
Pinball wizard / Harmony
Don't go breaking my heart / Donner pour donner

Top 8
Blue eyes / Hey papa legba

Top 9

I want love / The north star
Live like horses / Live like horses

Top 10
Lucy in the sky with diamonds / One day at a time
The One / Suit of wolves
Written in the stars / Aida album sampler

25 Mar 2009

Happy Birthday Elton!!!

Dear Elton, I wish you a very joyful birthday
Health, Happiness and LOVE!

Thank you for your music and for being there!!!

Famous English Eltonites

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was bBorn on February 19, 1960, he is also known as "Randy Andy" for his reputation with women. A naval officer, he saw active duty in 1981 during the Falklands War. Andrew currently serves in the Diplomacy Section of the Naval Staff at the Ministry of Defense. At eight Andrew went to Heatherdown Preparatory School in Berkshire before following his older brother Charles to Gordonstoun School in Morayshire, Scotland in 1973. In 1977 Andrew spent seven months on a Round Square exchange at a school in Ontario, Canada. He returned to Gordonstoun and graduated with A-levels in English, history, economics and political science in mid-1979. In 1986, Andrew married Sarah Ferguson. As a wedding gift, Elton wrote an instrumental song for the couple called "H.R.H.", with snippets from "Song For Guy", a prince favourite.

Geri Halliwell was born to Laurence Francis Halliwell, who was of English/Swedish descent, and his wife Ana María (née Hidalgo), who was of Spanish descent from Huesca, Spain and who grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire. Halliwell took her A-Levels at Camden School for Girls having taken her GCSEs at Watford Girls Grammar School. Before starting her music career, Halliwell had worked as a nightclub dancer in Majorca (Spain), a model and presenter on the Turkish version of Let's Make a Deal and as a glamour model. Geri first found fame as one of the five members of the girl group the Spice Girls, and was dubbed Ginger Spice for her "liveliness, zest and flaming red hair". Halliwell likes Elton John, not only as a friend but as a fellow artist, too. She has chosen Madman Across the Water as her favourite album by the shopping-mad singing pianist. "This album makes me realise that I can like songs instinctively without understanding what the hell they're on about," she says. "There's a song called Tiny Dancer, which is tender and sweet. I think Bernie Taupin wrote it about his wife and I can't respond to it personally but it doesn't matter; it still moves me."

Born in Leytonstone on May 2, 1975, David Robert Joseph Beckham was a Manchester United fan from a very early age because soccer has always been the biggest thing in David Beckham's life. And precisely, Manchester United signed David to their youth training program when he was 14, and he began his pro football career at age 17. He made 394 appearances and scored 85 goals with Manchester United, before trading to Real Madrid for 23 million Euros. Beckham married Spice Girls star Victoria Adams ("Posh Spice") in July of 1999; the combination of the two heartthrobs proved irresistible to the press and public, and they became one of Britain's most famous couples.

19 Mar 2009

Lupin Hill Elementary School Interview

Lupin Hill Elementary School is located in Calabasas, CA and is one of 9 elementary schools in Las Virgenes Unified School District. It is a public school that serves 710 students in grades K-5.

The annual concert series are organized by Elton's guitarist Davey Johnstone, who lives in Calabasas. The event is a fundraiser for Lupin Hill Elementary School's music and arts program, and many of the musicians' children attend the school. An auction, benefiting the school, also takes place.

The first event's edition started in 2002. The 2004 concert, titled "All Together Now," was an all-Beatles tribute. Billy Trudel, former backup singer with the Elton John band, impersonated Elvis at the 2005 fundraising event, titled "All Shook Up".

This year the show is called "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" and the whole Elton John Band will be there. For chatting a little about this event, we have here Rachel Werner, who kindly accepted to answer those questions.

So thank you very much Rachel for giving me this interview, I am glad I have you here. First of all, could you tell us please how it came up the idea of doing those benefit shows?

We were trying to think of a fund raiser for our music program and we decided to approach musicians and someone knew a member of the elton john band so we approached them.

Great!!! How Elton’s band became involved with this event?

We approached the band members and they were kind enough to volunteer their time to our school.

Adam Chester, Billy Trudel, Ken Stacey, Jim Wilson, ... and other lead singers collaborated with the event too...

I do not know the answer to this question. Sorry

Oh, doesn't matter... Although Elton don’t appear in the show, does he contributes someway? Maybe in the auction?

We are fortunate to auction off a signed guitar and other autographed Elton memorabilia.

Wow!!! Elvis Presley, The Beatles, ... For when an Elton John Tribute?

We let the band pick the music so maybe one day we will be lucky to have an Elton Tribute. We are just so grateful that they volunteer their time to us.

Sure!! What are you preparing for this year’s event? Some name of the special guests? Some surprise for the auction?
We might have some surprise guests but if I tell you they would not be surprises. We are working on the auction now so we are unsure of all of the auction items at the moment.

Oh, I understand.... I am sure students wait the whole year for the day event…

The children have a great time doing a rock concert. I don't think they truly understand that they are performing with some of the world's finest musicians!

How we could do to purchase the tickets? And to get more info about the school’s music and arts programmes?

If you are interested in purchasing tickets they are $20 each and you can make dinner reservations as well by contacting Rachel Werner at

'It's Only Rock 'n Roll' will take place on Sunday, April 26, 6pm at The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura, CA 91301. This is a family event that is always a lot of fun for all involved, and proceeds from the concert will help with the school's music and arts programme. Merchanside is also available, T-shirts for the concert are ready to purchase and DVD pre-orders of the show available too.

Thank you for taking the time to promote our event.

Oh, it was my pleasure, Rachel. I really think that's a must see event and an interesting one. I wish you all the success in the world. Thank you for spending your time with us, Rachel.

17 Mar 2009

Famous Californian Eltonites

Natalie Cole, born 6th February 1950 in Los Angeles, is the daughter of noted crooner Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Hawkins Ellington Cole. Her debut album in 1975, Inseparable, resulted in chart success with the single "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" (#1 R&B, #6 Pop). Her performance of the song won her a 1976 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The eight-time Grammy winner continues to astonish with her vocal dexterity and her intimate, knowing way with a lyric and melody. "The whole description of a great artist is that there is something about them that touches us that we do not really understand what it is, but we know we like it," said Natalie Cole about Elton in the fundraising event of the annual ELLA Award.

James Newton Howard was born on June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles. At the age of two, James already showed an affinity for the piano and two years later he started following classical piano lessons. After his formal classical education in the early 70s, James would turn to popular music. James developed an interest in synthesizers very early on. He produced his first solo album called James Newton Howard (1974) [James added "Newton" to his name to avoid confusion with similarly named artists] but, unfortunately, his solo album wasn't successful enough. In 1975, at the age of 24, James joined the band of one of the biggest popular artists of the time, Elton John, beginning a relationship that has approached the 30-year mark. After James left the Elton John Band he formed the (short-lived) band China. At the end of 1985 James' musical career path would make a dramatic turn that would change his life. Quite unexpectedly he was offered to score a small comedy film called Head Office (1986). An important and big year that would put James on the map was 1991, where would score an enormous amount of high quality scores for the films: The Prince of Tides, My Girl, Grand Canyon, Dying Young, King Ralph, Guilty by Suspicion and The Man in the Moon.

15 Mar 2009

Elton Tourin' Poland: The Statistics

Elton John has done 4 concerts live in Poland while on Tour.

He has been in Gdansk (1), Katowice (1), Sopot (1) and Warsaw (1).

Elton's favourite place are Halla Olivia (Gdansk, 1), Halla Spodek (Katowice, 1), Avenue (Sopot, 1) and Halla Congressova (Warsaw, 1).

First time he played in Poland was on April 1984 on "Breaking Hearts Tour" (3 shows). Then it was 2007 "Rocket Man Tour" (1).

The largest set list was on "Breaking Hearts Tour", with 22 songs and the shortest "Rocket Man Tour" with only 14 songs on the set list.

He has played 24 different songs in Poland while on Tour.

The songs most played are Bennie and the jets (4), Crocodile rock (4), Daniel (4), Don't let the sun go down on me (4), I guess that's why they call it the blues (4), I'm still standing (4), Philadelphia freedom (4), Rocket man (4), Saturday night's alright (4), Sorry seems to be the hardest word (4), The bitch is back (4), Your song (4).

Then it comes: Blue eyes (3), Candle in the wind (3), Goodbye yellow brick road (3), Kiss the bride (3), One more arrow (3), Restless (3), Sad songs (3), Tiny dancer (3), Too low for zero (3).

And the rest: Believe, Funeral for a friend / Love lies bleeding, Sacrifice, Someone saved my life tonight.

Elton John In Polish Radio Charts

According to Polskieradio Weekly Charts

Top 1
Candle In The Wind 1997

Top 2
The Last Song

Top 3
You Gotta Love Someone

Top 4
The One

Top 5

Top 6

singles that reached the Top10
sources from
archives since 1982

12 Mar 2009

Famous Polish Eltonites

Lech Walesa was born on September 29, 1943 in Popowo, Poland. After graduating from vocational school, he worked as a car mechanic at a machine center from 1961 to 1965. During the clash in December 1970 between the workers and the government, he was one of the leaders of the shipyard workers and was briefly detained. In 1976, however, as a result of his activities as a shop steward, he was fired and had to earn his living by taking temporary jobs. In August 1980 he led the Gdansk shipyard strike which gave rise to a wave of strikes over much of the country with Walesa seen as the leader. The primary demands were for workers' rights. In September 1981 he was elected Solidarity Chairman at the First National Solidarity Congress in Gdansk. In April 1990 at Solidarity's second national congress, Walesa was elected chairman with 77.5% of the votes. In December 1990 in a general ballot he was elected President of the Republic of Poland. He served until defeated in the election of November 1995.

"I know little else about music" explained Walesa in his very recommended biography "The struggle and the triumph" book, "and I don't attempt to keep up with popular songs. In April 1984, I was told that Elton John wanted to come to Gdansk and see me. All I knew about him was that he was a celebrity". He reminds how Elton led him in the first row, along with the teenagers, near the tower of gigantic loudspeakers "as if 120 milli-meter cannons had begun shelling (...) I gather it was a great concert" but he swore he never again let to be dragged to a rock concert.

Again? In 2006, the Sopot audience stood up from their seats to attend Elton's concert. The highlight of the evening was the appearance of Lech Wałęsa onstage, who handed the artist the Golden Nightingale statuette for lifetime achievement and a medal minted on the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity trade union.

6 Mar 2009

Elton John In Swiss Top 10 Singles Charts

Top 1

Something about the way you look tonight / Candle in the wind 1997

Don't let the sun go down on me / I Believe

Nikita / The man who never died

Crocodile Rock / Elderberry wine

I'm still standing / Tortured

Top 2

Circle of life / Circle of life

Top 3

Sorry seems to be the hardest word / Sweet thing

Sad songs / A simple man

Top 4

Don't Go Breaking My Heart / Snow queen

Little Jeannie / Conquer the sun

Top 5

The One / Suit of wolves

Daniel / Skyline pigeon

Top 7

Ghetto Gospel feat. Indian sunset / Thugs get lonely too

Flames of paradise / Call my name

Top 9

Blue eyes / Hey papa legba

Top 10

Can you feel the love tonight / Can you feel the love tonight (instrumental)

I don't wanna go on with you like that / Rope around a fool

4 Mar 2009

Elton Tourin' Switzerland: The Statistics

Elton John has done 33 concerts live in Switzerland while on Tour.

He has been in Zurich (18 times), Lausanne (7), Basel (5), Geneve (1), Grenoble (1) and Vevey (1).

Elton's favourite place is Hallenstadion, Zurich (16), Patinoire De Malley, Lausanne (3), St. Jakob Sporthalle, Basel (3), Téâtre Di Beaulieu, Lausanne (3), AVO Festival, Basel (2), Lefzigrund Stadium, Zurich (1), Out in the green, Zurich (1), Palais des Sports, Grenoble (1), Patinoire Des Vernets, Geneve (1), Pontaise Stadium, Lausanne (1), Vaud Market Place, Vevey (1).

First time he played in Switzerland was on March 1979 on "A single Man Tour" (2 shows). Then it was “Jump Up! Tour (1, 1982); “The European Express Tour (4, 1984), “World Tour” (4, 1986), “ Reg Strikes back Tour (4, 1989), “The One Tour” (4, 1992-93), “Made In England Tour” (4, 1995), “The Big Picture Tour” (1, 1998), Face To Face 1998 Tour without Billy Joel due to illness (1), “The Medusa Tour” (1, 2000), "Songs From The West Coast Tour" (2, 2002), “Elton John & His Band Tour” (1, 2003), “Peachtree Road Tour” (1, 2005), “The Captain And The Kid Tour” (2, 2006) and finally 2007 "Rocket Man Tour" (2).

The largest set list was on "Jump Up! Tour", with 29 songs and the shortest "The One 1993 Tour" with only 19 songs on the set list.

He has played 86 different songs in Switzerland while on Tour.

The songs most played are I guess that's why they call it the blues (31 times), Sorry seems to be the hardest word (29), Rocket man (27), Bennie and the jets (26), Saturday night's alright (26), Philadelphia freedom (25).

Then it comes: Funeral for a friend (24), Your song (24), Daniel (23), Don't let the sun go down on me (22), Love lies bleeding (22), I'm still standing (20), Sad songs (20), The bitch is back (20), Candle in the wind (17), Someone saved my life tonight (16), Crocodile rock (15), The one (15).

Follows: I don't wanna go on with you like that (14), Sacrifice (14), Take me to the pilot (14), Burn down the mission (13), Song for guy (13), Tiny dancer (13), Pinball wizard (12), Goodbye yellow brick road (11), Blue eyes (10), Nikita (10), Simple life (9), Better off dead (8), Honky cat (8), Kiss the bride (8), Restless (8), The last song (8), Mona lisas and mad hatters (7), Tonight (7), Have mercy on the criminal (6), Hercules (6), Mona lisas and mad hatters part two (6), Sixty years on (6).

And the rest: Can you feel the love tonight, Come down in time, House, I saw her standing there, Made in England, Twist and shout, Whole lotta shakin', A word in spanish, Believe, Can I get a wittness ?, Cry to heaven, Dixie Lily, Great balls of fire, Highlander, I need you to turn to, Lies, One horse town, One more arrow, Pain, Paris, Song for you, The king must die, The show must go on, This town, Too low for zero, American triangle, Ballad of the boy in the red shoes, Empty garden, I want love, Something about the way you look tonight, The Bridge, The wasteland, This train don't stop there anymore, Where to now St. Peter?, All the girls love Alice, Blue avenue, Blues never fade away, Circle of life, Crazy water, Get back, Harmony, Holiday inn, I heard it through the grapevine, I think I'm going to kill myself, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, Oh My sweet Carolina, Original sin, Part time love, Postcards from Richard Nixon, Roy Rogers, Runaway trian, Skyline pigeon, The Captain and the Kid, Tinderbox, All quiet on the western front, Are you ready for love, Ball and chain, Blessed, Border song, Captain Fantastic & Brown Dirt Cowboy, Carla / Etude, Chloe, Elton's song, Grey seal, If the river can bend, Levon, Live like horses, Madman across the water, Nobody Wins, Piano man, Teacher I need you, The greatest discovery, They call her the cat, Ticking, Turn the ligths out when you leave, Uptown girl, Where have all the good times gone.

1 Mar 2009

Elton Tourin' Pennsylvania: The Statistics

Elton John has done 58 concerts live in Pennsylvania, US while on Tour.

He has been in Philadelphia 35 times, Pittsburgh (9), Wilkes Barre (3), Burgettstown (2), Harrisburg (2), Hershey (2), State College (2) and finally Erie (1), Penn State (1) and Reading (1).

Elton's favourite places are The Spectrum Theatre, Philadelphia (18), First Union Center, Philadelphia (8), Civic Arena, Pittsburgh (5), Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia (3), Bryce Jordan Center, State College (2), Electric Factory, Philadelphia (2), Farm Arena, Harrisburgh (2), First Union Arena, Wilkes Barre (2), Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh (2), Stare Lake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown (2), Tower Theatre, Philadelphia (2), Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State (1), Civic Center, Erie (1), Giant Center, Hershey (1), Hershey Arena, Hershey (1), Mann Music Center, Philadelphia (1), Sovereign Center, Reading (1), Star Lake Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh (1), Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh (1), Wachovia Center, Philadelphia (1), Wachovia Arena, Wilkes Barre (1).

First time he played in Pennsylvania was on November 1970 on the "Elton John Tour" (2 shows). Then it was Spring Tour 1971 (2), "Honky Chateau Tour" (2), "1973-74 Yellow Brick Road Tour" (2), 1974's "Caribou Tour" (3), "Louder Than Concorde Tour" (1976, 3 shows), "Back In The USSA 1979" (2), "Jump Up! Tour" (1), "Breaking Hearts Tour" (2), 1985/96 World Tour (2), "Reg Strikes Back Tour" (2), "1989-90 World Tour" (3), "The One Tour" (5), "Summer Of 1994 Billy Joel" (4), "Made In England Tour" (1), "1997/98 The big picture tour" (4), "An Evening With Elton John" (1), "The Medusa Tour" (3), "Greatest Hits Live" (2000, 1), "2001/02/03 - Face to face with Billy Joel" (8), 2003's Elton John & His Band Tour" (1), "Peachtree Road Tour" (1), "Captain And The Kid Tour" (1), and recent "Rocket Man Tour" (2).

The largest set list was the "Back In The USSA" Tour, with 31 songs and the shortest the "Elton John Tour" with only 14 songs on the set list.

He has played 174 different songs in Pennsylvania while on Tour.

The songs most played are Your song (56), Rocket man (53), Don't let the sun go down on me (43), Bennie and the jets (42), I guess that's why they call it the blues (41), Philadelphia freedom (41), Saturday night's alright (41), The bitch is back (39), Funeral for a friend (38), Love Lies Bleeding (36), Take me to the pilot (36), Daniel (35), Levon (31), Crocodile rock (29), Mona lisas and mad hatters (27), Candle in the wind (26), Tiny dancer (26), I'm still standing (25).

Then it comes: Goodbye yellow brick road (23), Sorry seems to be the hardest word (22), Burn down the mission (20), Sad songs (20), Someone saved my life tonight (19), The one (19), I don't wanna go on with you like that (17), Honky cat (16), Great balls of fire (15), Simple life (14), Pinball wizard (13), All the girls love Alice (12), My life (12), Piano man (12), You may be right (12), Blue eyes (10), Border song (10), Can you feel the love tonight (10), I want love (10), Mona lisas and mad hatters part two (10).

Follows: Lucy in the sky with diamonds (9), Captain Fantastic & Brown Dirt Cowboy (8), Just the way you are (8), Sacrifice (8), Sixty years on (8), The last song (8), Tonight (8), Grey seal (7), Hercules (7), Here comes the sun (7), This train don't stop there anymore (7), Believe (6), Better off dead (6), Can I put you on (6), Country comfort (6), Empty garden (6), Harmony (6), Honky tonk women (6), Island girl (6), Skyline pigeon (6), The king must die (6), Love Song (5), I saw her standing there (5), The show must go on (5), Ticking (5), Whole lotta shakin' (5).

And the rest: A hard days night, Blessed, Carla / Etude, Circle of life, Don't go breaking my heart, Get back, Have mercy on the criminal, Honesty, I need you to turn to, I think I'm going to kill myself, Lucille, Madman across the water, New York state of mind, My baby left me, Recover your soul, Restless, Something about the way you look tonight, The greatest discovery, Amoreena, Brown sugar, Come down in time, Empty Sky, Grimsby, Grow some funk of your own, Healing hands, High-flying bird, Holiday inn, I'm going to be a teenage idol, Nikita, Sleeping with the past, Someday out of the blue, Stone's throw from hurtin', Talking old soldiers, Teacher I need you, Tell me when the whistle blows, Twist and shout, You're so static, We all fall in love sometimes / Curtains, When a woman doesn't want you, Where to now St. Peter?, Whitewash county, A word in spanish, Bad side of the moon, Ballad of the boy in the red shoes, Crazy water, Ego, Elderberry wine, Friends, Goodbye Marlon Brando, He'll have to go, I fell like a bullet, I heard it through the grapevine, Idol, Kiss the bride, Li'l'frigerator, Made in England, Mama can't buy you love, One horse town, One more arrow, Paris, Part time love, Roy Rogers, Singin' in the rain, Song for guy, Song for you, Suzie (Dramas), The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34), This town, Who wears these shoes?, A woman's needs, All that I'm allowed (I'm thankful), Answer in the sky, Ball and chain, Ballad of a well known gun, Blues never fade away, Chloe, Club at the end of the street, Come together, Dear John, Dixie Lily, Elton's song, Freaks in love, House, If the river can bend, Jumping Jack Flash, Little Jeannie, Love's got a lot to answer for, Mercedes Benz, My elusive drug, Original sin, Pain, Porch swing in Tupelo, Postcards from Richard Nixon, Sand and water, The Bridge, The Captain and the Kid, The honey roll, The wasteland, They call her the cat, Tinderbox, Turn the ligths out when you leave, Weight of the world, Where have all the good times gone.