The holidays are just around the corner, so iheartradio is celebrating with a two-hour special, on 22 November, which will include Elton, Cher, Train, and David Foster. They will discuss their favourite holiday songs and traditions. David-Furnish has previously said that he and Elton spend the day with their sons, watching old movies and eating a lot.
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As reported by ej.w last year, Elton and David have alleged that the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday breached their privacy. On Friday, the High Court in London, England, ruled that the lawsuit against the publisher, Associated Newspapers (ANL) can go ahead. ANL had argued that the claims were made too late–outside the six-year time limit for legal action. The Daily Mail tried to put a positive spin on it, pointing out that parts of the case have been ruled inadmissible. Overall, it’s a win for the plaintiffs, who also include Prince Harry and Sadie Frost.
Elton could soon win a Billboard Music award: he’s up for two of them. The BBMAs are to be presented on social media on the 19th of November, and the singer is up for Best Rock Touring Artist and Top Dance/Electronic Song for his hit with Britney Spears, Hold Me Closer.
Ever wonder what it’s like backstage at major music industry events? For the recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebration with Elton and Bernie Taupin, GBK Brand Bar hosted the Backstage Artists Lounge. According to their press release, the experience included over $70,000 in luxury vacations and goods ranging from Jukebox‘s musically inspired soaps and deodorants to PKNY, the world’s first pinky stabiliser for smartphones. There were even cookies which had portraits of the latest inductees.
During the backstage rehearsals for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Bernie and many others signed a Foo Fighters pinball machine and Vespa Sprint. They were sold last week to benefit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Also signed–but to be sold at a later date– was Jennifer Contini’s RRHOF Inductee Pop Heart. In addition, the artist told the Elton Blog that she painted an original mixed media Platinum Pop Heart on leather with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame logo for Bernie and the other inductees. She added: ”I’d love to create a one-of-a-kind Red Pop Heart for Elton’s AIDS charity!”
Marmite, meanwhile, has created a Goodbye Yellow Brick jar to raise funds for the EJAF. The re-creation of Ian Beck’s cover also marks the album’s 50th anniversary (with another celebration held by radio-elton last month – find the player below this page).
Laura Iliffe, Marmite brand manager, said they were proud to announce a three-year partnership with the EJAF . . . ”and what better way to begin than with a show-stopping new jar that celebrates one of Elton’s most iconic albums?”
She added that they were confident that both Marmite and EJ fans will want to add the new design to their collection and ”add a touch of glamour to their daily breakfast spread.”
The Elton-John-AIDS-Foundation says they are ”ready to spread the love,” although the jars are only available at Sainsbury‘s stores across the UK.
We’re back and ready to spread the love with a new ELTON JOHN LIMITED-EDITION @marmite jar in partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation ❤️🌈
— Elton John AIDS Foundation (@ejaf) November 6, 2023
Another big event in the UK takes place on the 19th of November. The Evening Standard Theatre Awards will be handed out at Claridge’s in London, and Tammy Faye is among the Best Musical nominees. And it may not be long before Elton and Jake Shears‘ musical comes to New York’s Broadway. At least that’s what Andrew Rannells, who played Jim Bakker during the show’s brief UK run, indicated to Bravo TV‘s Andy Cohen.
Bernie’s latest exhibition is at New York’s Chase-Contemporary gallery, with thousands of dollars being paid by buyers for each work of art. Bernie says this is more his ”day job” than writing with Elton. At the same time, he is aware that Elton John songs will play in many visitors’ heads. Bernie told Artnet he hopes they come away with something deeper, and that he appreciates pieces that are ”more from the brain and heart than for the eye.”
That’s it for now: Come back next week for news about books, Davey Johnstone, and more. . . .