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On The Move. 

Elton and his family have a new home in Toronto, Canada. It’s in the middle of King Toronto, the fashion district. Quite a few years ago, there were rumours that Elton was building a place on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. His husband, David Furnish, is from Toronto, which might be one reason they opted for the location.

As reported in Meal Ticket last Monday,  Elton was in Washington, DC last Friday, where he performed at the White House. We can further reveal that President Joe Biden  wiped away tears that evening–while Elton sang Crocodile Rock. It triggered memories of when  Biden used to sing it to his son, Beau, who had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Furnish said that’s why Elton thought it was so important to include this in his set.

The filmmaker also recently spoke about Elton’s collaboration with Britney Spears.

The 59-year-old says that Elton hopes she will now get the courage to become more involved with music, perhaps even performing again. He acknowledged it can be scary to be away from something for a long time.

Elton and David haven’t been able to celebrate the success of Hold Me Closer yet with Britney. Unlike the song’s title, they have not been close to one another. When they get to the West Coast, though, David says they plan on meeting up.

Meanwhile, the official video has been released, which Elton shows off on Twitter, also writing that it ”beautifully captures an immeasurable feeling of intimacy so missing from the world through the turmoil and chaos of recent times.” Indeed director Tanu Muino explained that the aim was to do something different, and make both Elton and Britney proud.

”Getting the best dancers, crew, and access to some of the most private locations in the world was simple as everyone wanted to work with Elton John and be part of his legacy.”

A trio of collectable Hold Me Closer CDs (with three different covers) can be ordered here, although the actual release won’t be until November. One version features the same cover as the digital release–an image of each of the stars when they were children–plus the original single and an extended version.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to bid on Elton’s collectables at his huge 1988 Sotheby’s auction, this news will be welcome. Some of the goods are to be sold again . . . by GWS Auctions. It’s part of their Legends of Rock and Roll sale, and one of the flashier offerings is a white and black Persian lamb coat once worn by the rocker. Or why not bid on a black felt tricorn hat, gold leather and rhinestone belt made by Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors, or blue and white striped shirt? Another impressive offering–not part of the original ’88 auction–is a Special Citation of Achievement Award for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This was presented by Broadcast Music Inc. to the entertainer in recognition of over one million broadcast performances attained by Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

• From Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, it’s on to Farewell 
Yellow Brick Road. . . .  You may remember reading at EJW Specials in 2018 about Rus Anderson. He’s a tribute artist who was selected to star in some Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour promo videos. His wife, Somali Rose, makes his costumes.

• Colte Julian‘s spouse is also involved in his tribute act, which is called Wonderful Crazy Night.

The vocalist told EJW that he began performing as Jerry Lee Lewis in 2011 as part of the Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet.

”That experience started my love of performing like extraordinary piano men and Elton John just seemed like the best fit! I love his showmanship and power in his voice.” And his love of musical theatre has a ”killer setlist of hits paired with stories of Elton’s life and career as well as stories of my life and how I connect to his music.

”My wife is a talented costumer and has curated a spectacular set of costumes that harness that stellar energy we all know and love.”

Colte, who performs with a three piece band, says they are currently in the process of expanding the reach of his show. Click here for more.

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