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Droits des homosexuels: Elton John veut parler à Poutine

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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Le célèbre musicien britannique Elton John envisage de se rendre en Russie en décembre prochain pour discuter des droits des homosexuels dans le pays avec le président Vladimir Poutine.

“Je suis determiné à lutter pour les droits des homosexuels. Je lutterai pour défendre toute victime de violations des droits de l’homme. J’essaierai de me rendre en Russie en décembre prochain, et j’essaierai de rencontrer le président Poutine et de lui parler à ce sujet. Je ne sais pas quels en seront les résultats, mais il est impossible de résoudre le problème sans dialoguer”, a déclaré M.John dans une interview accordée à la chaîne de télévision Sky News.

En juin 2013, la Douma (chambre basse du parlement russe) a approuvé par une majorité écrasante des voix une loi instaurant des amendes allant jusqu’à un million de roubles pour “propagande des relations sexuelles non-traditionnelles auprès de mineurs“. Le document en question suscité de vives critiques de la part des pays européens et des Etats-Unis.

Le chef du Kremlin Vladimir Poutine a par la suite à plusieurs reprises insisté sur l’absence de toute discrimination des minorités sexuelles en Russie.

Putin Says Russia Doesn’t Discriminate Against Gays, Cites Elton John Fans

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Businessinsider.com

President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that Russia does not discriminate against gays and that millions of Russians love pop icon Elton John “despite his orientation”, as he sought to defuse calls from gay rights activists to boycott the Winter Olympics.

In an interview with foreign journalists less than three weeks before the opening of the Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin reiterated that Russia would welcome all athletes and visitors, regardless of their sexuality.

“People have different sexual orientation. We will welcome all athletes and all guests of the Olympics,” he said.

By way of example, he praised John, who is openly gay, as “an outstanding person (and) outstanding musician”.

“Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation,” Putin said.

Gay rights activists have criticised the Russian strongman for a recent law banning the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” to minors.

John himself spoke out against the law during a sold-out Moscow concert last month.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the (homosexual) community here in Russia,” he said.

“In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating. Harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society.”

The 66-year-old Briton has a long history of performances in Russia, beginning with a groundbreaking concert in 1979 that made him a household name in the then-Soviet Union.

He ignored calls to cancel his December concerts in the wake of the “gay propaganda” law, saying Russia’s gays and lesbians would feel abandoned if big-name performers did not come for visits and offer them support.

Putin said Sunday the law “does not offend anyone”.

“People with non-traditional sexual orientation cannot feel like they are second-rate because they are in no way discriminated against: not professionally, not career-wise, not when it comes to recognition by society,” he said.

The Russian strongman also downplayed planned no-shows at the Olympics by Western leaders including US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande.

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Elton John va soutenir la communauté gay lors de son concert à Moscou

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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Le chanteur ouvertement gay a déclaré le mois dernier à CNN qu’il allait “dire sur scène quelque chose (…) qui sera significatif” au cours de ses deux prestations en Russie, vendredi à Moscou, et samedi à Kazan, dans la région de la Volga.

Elton John a aussi fait savoir qu’il voulait “rencontrer la communauté LGBT” (lesbiennes, gays, bisexuels, transsexuels), estimant que la situation actuelle en Russie était “atroce”.

Il sera la première star occidentale du showbiz connue pour son soutien appuyé aux droits des homosexuels à se produire en Russie depuis que le président Vladimir Poutine a promulgué en juin une loi interdisant la “propagande” de l’homosexualité devant les mineurs.

Des défenseurs des droits de l’homme et de la communauté homosexuelle critiquent vivement ce texte dont la formulation imprécise pourrait selon eux être utilisée pour interdire tout événement organisé par des gays.

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Un responsable du mouvement russe LGBT, Ivan Tikhonov, a mis l’accent sur l’importance du soutien d’artistes tels Elton John.

“Plus la personne est connue, mieux c’est. Elton John est une grande figure de la culture dans le monde entier. Il est difficile d’ignorer ce qu’il dit”, a déclaré M. Tikhonov.

Elton John, 66 ans, a épousé en 2005 son partenaire de longue date, David Furnish. Le chanteur est un ardent défenseur de la communauté LGBT dans le monde et soutient des projet d’aide aux personnes atteintes du sida. Le couple a deux fils, nés d’une même mère porteuse.

A l’approche des concerts en Russie, une association conservatrice de parents russes et l’imam de la mosquée de Kazan, ville où est établie une importante communauté musulmane, ont appelé à un boycott des prestations d’Elton John.

De son côté, un autre responsable de la communauté gay russe, Nikolaï Alexeev, qui a organisé à Moscou des gays pride dispersées par la police antiémeute, a reproché à Elton John de ne pas avoir apporté son soutien plus tôt.

“Pendant toutes les années où il est venu en Russie et a donné des concerts pour de hauts responsables de l’Etat et des oligarques, il ne s’est jamais préoccupé de la situation des droits des gays”, a déclaré M. Alexeev, minimisant l’importance du message que le chanteur entend délivrer dans la soirée à Moscou.

“Il va dire seulement quelques mots, cela ne va rien changer. Cela ne changera certainement pas l’opinion du gouvernement russe”, a estimé M. Alexeev.

Avant la promulgation de la loi russe “anti-gay”, les pop stars américaines Madonna et Lady Gaga avaient protesté lors de leur concert à Saint-Pétersbourg (nord-ouest) contre une loi locale allant dans le même sens.

La société qui a organisé le concert de Lady Gaga à Saint-Pétersbourg fin 2012 a été condamnée en novembre à une amende d’environ 450 euros pour avoir enfreint la loi sur la protection des mineurs.

L’homophobie est largement répandue en Russie. L’homosexualité y était considérée comme un crime jusqu’en 1993 et comme une maladie mentale jusqu’en 1999.

Elton John va publier un livre intitulé “Love is the Cure”

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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Le musicien britannique Elton John va publier son premier livre, intitulé Love is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDs Epidemic, durant l’été 2012.

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Dans ce récit, le chanteur-compositeur partagera des expériences personnelles et ses souvenirs d’amis morts du sida, comme le chanteur du groupe Queen Freddie Mercury qui a été emporté par la maladie en 1991.

Le livre sera publié en juillet au Royaume-Uni par Hodder & Stoughton et sera accompagné d’un livre audio lu par Elton John. La maison d’édition Little, Brown publiera le livre aux Etats-Unis avec une date de sortie prévue en août.

Dans un communiqué publié dans Billboard, Elton John a affirmé que le sida “est une maladie qui ne doit pas être guérie par un vaccin miraculeux, mais en changeant les coeurs et les esprits grâce à un effort collectif pour casser les barrières sociales”.

Les recettes des ventes du livre seront reversées à la fondation d’Elton John pour la lutte contre le sida.

La pop-star anglaise est en course pour un nouveau Grammy Award pour son duo avec Lady Gaga, “Hello, Hello”, tiré de la bande-son du film Gnomeo & Juliet.

George Michael chante pour Elton John

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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George Michael a prouvé que son amitié envers Elton John était bel et bien de retour après s’être produit sur scène lors de l’événement caritatif organisé par la star à Londres ce week-end.

eorge Michael s’est produit hier soir pour l’événement caritatif organisé par Elton John.

Le chanteur a définitivement mis derrière lui le différent qui l’opposait à Elton John en se produisant au Royal Opera House à Londres pour un concert caritatif en faveur de l’association d’Elton John, la Elton’s Aids Foundation.

George est tout de même arrivé avec près de 40 minutes de retard sur scène, mais a reçu un accueil plus que chaleureux.

Il s’est adressé au public en expliquant qu’il s’agissait d’une expérience « spéciale » pour lui de se produire au Royal Opera House, car sa mère adore le lieu.

« C’est vraiment très spécial de jouer ici ce soir pour moi, a-t-il expliqué. Ce n’est probablement pas mon public habituel ce soir, mais vous êtes là pour être corrompus si j’ai bien tout compris. »

Le concert a fait venir de nombreuses stars dont, bien sûr Elton John et son compagnon David Furnish, mais également les membres du groupe Scissor Sisters, Kylie Minogue et Mel C.

Pendant le concert, George a interprété un titre d’Elton, Idol.

« La prochaine chanson a été écrite par quelqu’un qui, je l’espère, l’a déjà fait ici, Elton, a-t-il dit. C’est une chanson qu’il a écrite à la fin des années 70 et parle d’une pop star vieillissante. C’est marrant. »

Elton a répondu à la blague de George par un mouvement de main.

George a également chanté de nombreux titres à lui, dont Cowboys and Angels, mais également une reprise de Rufus Wainright, Going to Town.

La soirée très chic faisait partie de la tournée européenne de George Michael.

Les bénéfices de la soirée iront au Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund, qui s’est récemment associée à l’association d’Elton, la Elton’s Aids Foundation, en hommage à la légende d’Hollywood.

George et Elton étaient très bons amis dans les années 80 et ont collaboré sur Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me en 1991. Cependant, leur amitié s’est détériorée lorsque Elton a voulu aider George à sortir de l’enfer de la drogue.

George aurait demandé à Elton d’arrêter de se mêler de sa vie, tandis qu’Elton était dans une « situation étrange ». Les deux ont finalement mis fin à leur mésentente cette année.

Sir Elton John won’t “rush” his label’s young stars into studio too early

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Sir Elton John says that he won’t “rush” young artists who he has signed to his Rocket Music Entertainment Group company into the studio before they are ready.

The gay star, who has frequently criticised the speed at which talent shows such as the X Factor push up and coming singers into stardom, says that young artists need time to develop their skills first.

Rocket Music already has signed-up Leon Russell, Lily Allen, James Blunt and Sir Elton himself.

Sir Elton tells Music Week, “The worst thing to do is to rush people to have a record out. They’ll make a record when they’re ready and it comes out when it is ready.”

Last year, Sir Elton said: “I’m not a fan of talent shows. I probably wouldn’t have lasted if I’d gone on one. I like Simon Cowell, but what he does is TV entertainment. I was asked to judge American Idol. I couldn’t do it because I won’t slag anyone off. Also, I don’t want to be on television. It’s become boring, arse-paralysingly brain crippling.”

“There have been some good acts, but the only way to sustain a career is to pay your dues in small, s**t clubs. TV vaults you to superstardom and then you have to back it up, which is hard.”

He added: “It’s important they write their own songs, so they’re not at the mercy of anyone. Songwriters today are pretty awful, which is why everything sounds the same. Contemporary pop isn’t very inspiring.

“Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke are at the mercy of the next song they can get. Susan Boyle was an endearing phenomenon, but I fear she might not understand the rigours of showbusiness.”

L’Audi R8 Spyder s’offre un lifting chromé pour lutter contre le SIDA

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Menly.fr

Deux Audi R8 Spyder chromés pour lutter contre le SIDA, c’est ce que le constructeur allemand a mis aux enchères récemment pour la fondation de Sir Elton John.

Dans le cadre de son gala annuel pour récolter des fonds pour lutter contre le SIDA, l’artiste britannique a fait appel à Audi pour offrir un lifting chromé à l’Audi R8 Spyder.

Mis aux enchères, les deux Audi R8 Spyder Chromé ont rapporté la jolie somme de 280.000 euros chacune. Soit près de 560.000 euros qui seront utilisés pour lutter contre le SIDA.

Pour les puristes, l’Audi R8 Spyder embarquait sous son capot un moteur V10 de 525 chevaux ainsi qu’une boîte manuelle.

Un samedi soir alright!

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

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(Québec) Elton John l’a chanté sitôt son arrivée sur la grande scène des plaines d’Abraham, hier : Saturday Night’s Alright. On ne le contredira pas. En fait, ce samedi soir était mémorable, le légendaire artiste étant débarqué avec un show comportant son lot de moments magiques.

Il était attendu depuis des semaines, voire des mois, le Elton. Arrivé en ville au milieu de l’après-midi, tandis que des fans patientaient déjà aux portes des Plaines, le musicien s’est efforcé de combler son monde en puisant dans son bassin de grands succès. La star a fait son entrée en arborant verres fumés, chemise pourpre et une queue de pie noire, au dos de laquelle était brodée une sirène.

En cette journée où le public avait joué du coude pour être bien placé sur les Plaines, son Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) était de mise. C’est toutefois avec les trois titres suivants, tirés de Madman Across the Water (1971), qu’il a rappelé aux dizaines de milliers de gens pourquoi ils étaient si nombreux. Le vétéran de 64 ans était non seulement en voix et en verve au piano, mais il se reposait sur un répertoire qui ne manque pas de profondeur. Levon, avec ses passages soul et gospel, était superbe, alors que Madman…, elle, a donné lieu à un excellent solo de piano bluesy.

D’abord concentré sur son boulot, Elton John a commencé à cumuler les sourires durant Philadelphia Freedom.

L’interaction avec son groupe, qui affichait une très belle cohésion, combinée à l’accueil de la foule monstre, presque aussi imposante qu’aux Black Eyed Peas, ne laissait pas le vieux routier indifférent…

«C’est incroyable de jouer de la musique pour vous, aussi pour les musiciens sur l’étage avec moi», a-t-il lancé un peu plus tard, dans un français presque impeccable.

Puis, il a demandé à la foule de réserver une belle ovation à son équipe de sept musiciens et quatre choristes, où l’on trouvait de vieux compères tels le guitariste Davey Johnstone, le bassiste Bob Birch et le batteur Nigel Olsson, ainsi que les deux jeunes violoncellistes Stjepan Hauser et Luka Sulic.

À mi-parcours, le Britannique s’est permis deux pièces de son récent The Union, l’album qu’il a enregistré avec Leon Russell. Moins connues, ces pièces ont tout de même été bien accueillies.

Le dernier tiers de la soirée a connu de légères baisses de régime avec Dont’ Let The Sun Go Down On Me ou Ready For Love, mais sir Elton a rapidement remis la foule dans sa main avec Bennie & The Jets ou encore The Bitch is Back, juché debout sur son piano! «Merci, merci Québec, Je n’oublierai pas ce soir», a-t-il lancé avant de quitter la scène. Le programme, d’un peu plus de deux heures, avait été écourté de trois titres, comparativement à ce qui a été offert ailleurs dans sa tournée, mais peu de personnes semblent s’en être formalisées. Après tout, le concert a eu son lot d’interprétations mémorables, telle Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, servies par une sonorisation d’une limpidité étonnante.

Et comme un concert d’Elton n’en serait pas un sans ces ballades dont il a le secret, la vedette a livré en rappel Daniel, qui n’était pas initialement prévue, et a conclu avec Your Song.

Ses derniers mots? «Je voudrais dire un grand merci pour ce soir et pour toutes les années d’amour que vous m’avez données, a-t-il lancé, en français. Et j’espère pour vous amour, santé, peace».

Un grand rendez-vous, à la hauteur des attentes.

Aaron Neville

Pour la première partie, on a fait appel au vieux routier Aaron Neville. Le costaud artiste originaire de la Nouvelle-Orléans s’est pointé, une croix tatouée sur une joue et une casquette des Saints – la fleur de lys était à propos – vissée sur la tête. Beaucoup de reprises dans ce programme R’n’B de radio adulte, mais peu avec de la substance.

Certes, la voix haut perchée de Neville sied à merveille au genre qu’il préconise, or l’enrobage des chansons est sérieusement fade, avec ses cuivres et ses cordes synthétiques. Et puis le programme préconisé manquait de personnalité, culminant avec une Amazing Grace, où sa voix de fausset l’abandonnait. Comme première partie, on a vu mieux.

Elton John by Wikipedia

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Elton John

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Sir Elton John

Elton John in July 2008
Background information
Birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Born 25 March 1947 (1947-03-25) (age 63)
Pinner, Middlesex, England
Genres Rock, glam rock, soft rock, R&B, pop rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 1964–present
Labels DJM, Uni, MCA, Geffen, Rocket/Island, Universal, Interscope, Mercury, UMG
Associated acts Bernie Taupin, Tim Rice, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Kiki Dee, Billy Joel, George Michael, Eminem, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Neil Sedaka
Website eltonjohn.com

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He has worked with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time.[1] His single “Candle in the Wind 1997” has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and is the best selling single in Billboard history.[2] He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.[3]

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.[4] He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s,[5] and was knighted in 1998.[6]In 1992 he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the most high-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $200 million. John entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish[7] on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists” (third overall, behind only The Beatles and Madonna).[8]

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Biography and career

Early life

John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947, the eldest child of Stanley and only child of Sheila Eileen (née Harris) Dwight[9][10][11] and was raised in Pinner, Middlesex in a council house of his maternal grandparents. His parents did not marry until he was 6 years old, when the family moved to a nearby semi-detached house.[12][13][14] He was educated at Pinner Wood Junior School, Reddiford School and Pinner County Grammar School, until age 17, when he left just prior to his A Level examinations to pursue a career in the music industry.[15][16][17]

When John began to seriously consider a career in music, his father, who served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, tried to steer him toward a more conventional career, such as banking.[15] John has stated that his wild stage costumes and performances were his way of letting go after such a restrictive childhood.[17] Both of John’s parents were musically inclined, his father having been a trumpet player with the Bob Millar Band, a semi-professional big band that played at military dances.[17] The Dwights were keen record buyers, exposing John to the popular singers and musicians of the day, and John remembers being immediately hooked on rock and roll when his mother brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets in 1956.[15][16]

John started playing the piano at the age of 3, and within a year, his mother heard him picking out Winifred Atwell‘s “The Skater’s Waltz” by ear.[15][16] After performing at parties and family gatherings, at the age of 7 he took up formal piano lessons. He showed musical aptitude at school, including the ability to compose melodies, and gained some notoriety by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis at school functions. At the age of 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. According to one of his instructors, John promptly played back, like a “gramophone record”, a four-page piece by Handel that he heard for the first time.[16]

For the next five years he attended Saturday classes at the Academy in central London, and has stated that he enjoyed playing Chopin and Bach and singing in the choir during Saturday classes, but that he was not otherwise a diligent classical student.[16] “I kind of resented going to the Academy”, he says. “I was one of those children who could just about get away without practicing and still pass, scrape through the grades.”[16] He even claims that he would sometimes skip classes and just ride around on the Tube.[16] However, several instructors have testified that he was a “model student”, and during the last few years he was taking lessons from a private tutor in addition to his classes at the Academy.[16]

John’s mother, though also strict with her son, was more vivacious than her husband, and something of a free spirit. With Stanley Dwight uninterested in his son and often physically absent, John was raised primarily by his mother and maternal grandmother. When his father was home, the Dwights would have terrible arguments that greatly distressed their son.[16] John was 15 when they divorced. His mother then married a local painter, Fred Farebrother, a caring and supportive stepfather who John affectionately referred to as “Derf”, his first name in reverse.[16] They moved into flat No. 1A in an eight-unit apartment building called Frome Court, not far from both previous homes. It was there that John would write the songs that would launch his career as a rock star; he would live there until he had four albums simultaneously in the American Top 40.[18]

Pub pianist to staff songwriter (1962–1969)

At the age of 15, with the help of his mother and stepfather, Reginald Dwight became a weekend pianist at a nearby pub, the Northwood Hills Hotel, playing Thursday to Sunday nights for £35 a week and tips.[19][20] Known simply as “Reggie”, he played a range of popular standards, including songs by Jim Reeves and Ray Charles, as well as songs he had written himself.[21][22] A stint with a short-lived group called the Corvettes rounded out his time.[16]

In 1964, Dwight and his friends formed a band called Bluesology. By day, he ran errands for a music publishing company; he divided his nights between solo gigs at a London hotel bar and working with Bluesology. By the mid-1960s, Bluesology was backing touring American soul and R&B musicians like The Isley Brothers, Major Lance, Billy Stewart, Doris Troy and Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles. In 1966, the band became musician Long John Baldry‘s supporting band and played 16 times at The Marquee Club.[23]

After failing lead vocalist auditions for King Crimson and Gentle Giant, Dwight answered an advertisement in the New Musical Express placed by Ray Williams, then the A&R manager for Liberty Records.[24] At their first meeting, Williams gave Dwight a stack of lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, who had answered the same ad. Dwight wrote music for the lyrics, and then mailed it to Taupin, beginning a partnership that still continues. In 1967, what would become the first Elton John/Bernie Taupin song, “Scarecrow”, was recorded; when the two first met, six months later, Dwight was going by the name “Elton John”, in homage to Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.[21]

The team of John and Taupin joined Dick James‘s DJM Records as staff songwriters in 1968, and over the next two years wrote material for various artists, like Roger Cook and Lulu.[25] Taupin would write a batch of lyrics in under an hour and give it to John, who would write music for them in half an hour, disposing of the lyrics if he couldn’t come up with anything quickly.[25] For two years, they wrote easy-listening tunes for James to peddle to singers. Their early output included a contender for the British entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969, for Lulu, called “Can’t Go On (Living Without You)”. It came sixth of six songs. In 1969, John also provided piano for Roger Hodgson on his first ever musical recording.[26]

During this period, John was also a session musician for other artists including playing piano on The Hollies‘ “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and singing backing vocals for The Scaffold.[27]

Debut album to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1969–1973)

On the advice of music publisher Steve Brown, John and Taupin started writing more complex songs for John to record for DJM. The first was the single “I’ve Been Loving You” (1968), produced by Caleb Quaye, former Bluesology guitarist. In 1969, with Quaye, drummer Roger Pope, and bassist Tony Murray, John recorded another single, “Lady Samantha“, and an album, Empty Sky.

For their follow-up album, Elton John, John and Taupin enlisted Gus Dudgeon as producer and Paul Buckmaster as musical arranger. Elton John was released in the April 1970 on DJM Records/Pye Records in the UK and Uni Records in the USA, and established the formula for subsequent albums; gospel-chorded rockers and poignant ballads. The first single from the album, “Border Song“, made into the US Top 100, peaking at Number 92. The second single “Your Song” made the US Top Ten, peaking at number eight and becoming John’s first hit single as a singer. The album soon became his first hit album, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 album chart.[28]

Backed by ex-Spencer Davis Group drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray, John’s first American concert took place at The Troubadour in Los Angeles in August 1970, and was a success.[29]

The concept album Tumbleweed Connection was released in October 1970, and reached the Top Ten on the Billboard 200. The live album 17-11-70 (11-17-70 in the US) was recorded at a live show aired from A&R Studios on WABC-FM in New York City. Sales of the live album were heavily hit in the US when an east coast bootlegger released the performance several weeks before the official album, including all 60 minutes of the aircast, not just the 40 minutes selected by Dick James Music.[30]

Elton John in the Musikhalle Hamburg in March 1972

John and Taupin then wrote the soundtrack to the obscure film Friends and then the album Madman Across the Water, the latter reaching the Top Ten and producing the hit “Levon“, while the soundtrack album produced the hit “Friends”. In 1972, Davey Johnstone joined the Elton John Band on guitar and backing vocals. The band released Honky Chateau, which became John’s first American number 1 album, spending five weeks at the top of the charts and spawning the hit singles “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)” (which is often compared to David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity“) and “Honky Cat“.[31]

The pop album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player came out at the start of 1973, and produced the hits “Crocodile Rock” and “Daniel“; the former became his first US Billboard Hot 100 number one hit.[32] Both the album and “Crocodile Rock” were the first album and single, respectively on the consolidated MCA Records label in the USA, replacing MCA’s other labels including Uni.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road gained instant critical acclaim and topped the chart on both sides of the Atlantic, remaining at Number 1 for two months.[33] It also temporarily established John as a glam rock star. It contained the number 1 hit “Bennie and the Jets“, along with the popular and praised “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road“, “Candle in the Wind“, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting“, “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and “Grey Seal” (originally recorded and released in 1970 as the B-side to the UK-only single, “Rock and Roll Madonna”). There is also a VHS and DVD as part of the Classic Albums series, discussing the making, recording, and popularity of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” through concert and home video footage including interviews.

Rocket Records to 21 at 33 (1974–1979)

John formed his own MCA-distributed label Rocket Records and signed acts to it – notably Neil Sedaka (“Bad Blood”, on which he sang background vocals) and Kiki Dee – in which he took personal interest. Instead of releasing his own records on Rocket, he opted for $8 million offered by MCA. When the contract was signed in 1974, MCA reportedly took out a $25 million insurance policy on John’s life.[34]

In 1974 a collaboration with John Lennon took place, resulting in Elton John covering The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and Lennon’s “One Day at a Time”, and in return Elton John and band being featured on Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You thru the Night“. In what would be Lennon’s last live performance, the pair performed these two number 1 hits along with the Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There” at Madison Square Garden. Lennon made the rare stage appearance to keep the promise he made that he would appear on stage with Elton if “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” became a number 1 single.[35]

Caribou was released in 1974, and although it reached number 1, it was widely considered[36] a lesser quality album. Reportedly recorded in a scant two weeks between live appearances, it featured “The Bitch Is Back[36] and John’s versatility in orchestral songs with “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me“.[36]

Pete Townshend of The Who asked John to play a character called the “Local Lad” in the film of the rock opera Tommy, and to perform a song named “Pinball Wizard“. Drawing on power chords, John’s version was recorded and used for the movie release in 1975 and the single came out in 1976 (1975 in the US). The song charted at number 7 in England. Bally subsequently released a “Captain Fantastic” pinball machine featuring an illustration of John in his movie guise.

Elton John performing live in 1975

In the 1975 autobiographical album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, John revealed his previously ambiguous personality, with Taupin’s lyrics describing their early days as struggling songwriters and musicians in London. The lyrics and accompanying photo booklet are infused with a specific sense of place and time that is otherwise rare in John’s music. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” was the hit single from this album and captured an early turning point in John’s life.

The album’s release signalled the end of the Elton John Band, as an unhappy and overworked John dismissed Olsson and Murray, two people who had contributed much of the band’s signature sound and who had helped build his live following since the beginning. Johnstone and Ray Cooper were retained, Quaye and Roger Pope returned, and the new bassist was Kenny Passarelli; this rhythm section provided a heavier-sounding backbeat. James Newton-Howard joined to arrange in the studio and to play keyboards. John introduced the lineup before a crowd of 75,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium.

Rock-oriented Rock of the Westies entered the US albums chart at number 1 like Captain Fantastic, a previously unattained feat. Elton John’s stage wardrobe now included ostrich feathers, $5,000 spectacles that spelled his name in lights, and dressing up like the Statue of Liberty, Donald Duck, or Mozart among others at his concerts.[37][38]

To celebrate five years since he first appeared at the venue, in 1975 John played a two-night, four-show stand at The Troubadour. With seating limited to under 500 per show, the chance to purchase tickets was determined by a postcard lottery, with each winner allowed two tickets. Everyone who attended the performances received a hardbound “yearbook” of the band’s history. That year he also played piano on Kevin AyersSweet Deceiver, and was among the first and few white artists to appear on the black music series Soul Train on American television.[33]

In 1976, the live album Here and There in May, then the Blue Moves album in October, which contained the single “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word“, were released. His biggest success in 1976 was the “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart“, a duet with Kiki Dee that topped both the American and British charts. Finally, in an interview with Rolling Stone that year entitled “Elton’s Frank Talk”, John stated that he was bisexual.[39]

Besides being the most commercially successful period, 1970 – 1976 is also held in the most regard critically. Within only a three year span, between 1972-75 John saw seven consecutive albums reach Number 1 in the charts, which had not been accomplished before.[33] Of the six Elton John albums to make the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in Rolling Stone’in 2003, all are from this period, with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ranked highest at number 91; similarly, the three Elton John albums given five stars by Allmusic (Tumbleweed Connection, Honky Château, and Captain Fantastic) are all from this period too.

During the same period, John made a guest appearance on the popular Morecambe and Wise Show on the BBC. The two comics spent the episode pointing him in the direction of everywhere except the stage in order to prevent him singing.[40]

In November 1977 John announced he was retiring from performing; Taupin began collaborating with others. Now only producing one album a year, John issued A Single Man in 1978, employing a new lyricist, Gary Osborne; the album produced no singles that made the Top 20 in the US but the two singles from the album released in the UK, Part-Time Love and Song for Guy, both made the Top 20 in the UK with the latter reaching the Top 5. In 1979, accompanied by Ray Cooper, John became the first Western pop star to tour the Soviet Union (as well as one of the first in Israel), then mounted a two-man comeback tour of the US in small halls. John returned to the singles chart with “Mama Can’t Buy You Love” (number 9, 1979), a song originally rejected in 1977 by MCA before being released, recorded in 1977 with Philadelphia soul producer Thom Bell.[41] Elton reported that Thom Bell was the first person to give him voice lessons; Bell encouraged John to sing in a lower register. A disco-influenced album, Victim of Love, was poorly received. In 1979, John and Taupin reunited. 21 at 33, released the following year, was a significant career boost, aided by his biggest hit in four years, “Little Jeannie” (number 3 US), although the lyrics were written by Gary Osborne.

The 80s:The Fox to Sleeping with the Past (1981–1989)

Elton performing at the National Stadium, Dublin 26 March 1979

His 1981 album, The Fox, was recorded in part during the same sessions as 21 at 33, and also included collaborations with Tom Robinson and Judie Tzuke. On 13 September 1980, John, with Olsson and Murray back in the Elton John Band, performed a free concert to an estimated 400,000 fans on The Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City. His 1982 hit “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)“, came from his Jump Up! album, his second under a new US recording contract with Geffen Records.

He married his close friend and sound engineer, Renate Blauel on Valentine’s Day 1984 – the marriage lasted three years.[42] The Biography Channel Special detailed the loss of Elton’s voice in 1986 while on tour in Australia. Shortly thereafter he underwent throat surgery, which permanently altered his voice. Several non-cancerous polyps were removed from his vocal cords, resulting in a change in his singing voice.[43] In 1987 he won a libel case against The Sun which published allegations of sex with rent boys.[44]

With original band members Johnstone, Murray and Olsson together again, John was able to return to the charts with the 1983 hit album Too Low For Zero, which included “I’m Still Standing” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues“, the latter of which featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and reached number 4 in the US, giving John his biggest hit there since “Little Jeannie”. He placed hits in the US Top Ten throughout the 1980s – “Little Jeannie” (number 3, 1980), “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” (number 5, 1984), “Nikita” boosted by a mini-movie pop video directed by Ken Russell (number 7, 1986), a live orchestral version of “Candle in the Wind” (number 6, 1987), and “I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” (number 2, 1988). His highest-charting single was a collaboration with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder on “That’s What Friends Are For” (number 1, 1985); credited as Dionne and Friends, the song raised funds for AIDS research. His albums continued to sell, but of the six released in the latter half of the 1980s, only Reg Strikes Back (number 16, 1988) placed in the Top 20 in the United States.

In 1985, Elton John was one of the many performers at Live Aid held at Wembley Stadium.[45] John played “Bennie and the Jets” and “Rocket Man”; then “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Kiki Dee for the first time in years; and introduced his friend George Michael, still then of Wham!, to sing “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”.[45] He enlisted Michael to sing backing vocals on his single “Wrap Her Up“, and also recruited teen idol Nik Kershaw as an instrumentalist on “Nikita”. John also recorded material with Millie Jackson in 1985. In 1986, he played the piano on two tracks on the heavy metal band Saxon’s album Rock the Nations.

In 1988, he performed five sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden,[46] giving him 26 for his career. Netting over $20 million, 2,000 items of John’s memorabilia were auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London.[47]

The 90s: “Sacrifice” to Aida (1990–1999)

In 1990, John would finally achieve his first UK number one hit on his own, with “Sacrifice” (coupled with “Healing Hands“) from the previous year’s album Sleeping with the Past; it would stay at the top spot for six weeks.[48] The following year, John’s “Basque” won the Grammy for Best Instrumental, and a guest concert appearance he had made on George Michael‘s cover of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” was released as a single and topped the charts in both the US and UK.[49]

In 1992 he released the US number 8 album The One, featuring the hit song “The One“.[50][51] John and Taupin then signed a music publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music for an estimated $39 million over 12 years, giving them the largest cash advance in music publishing history.[52] In April 1992, John appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, performing “The Show Must Go On” with the remaining members of Queen, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Axl Rose and Queen.[53] The following year, he released Duets, a collaboration with 15 artists including Tammy Wynette and RuPaul. This also included a new collaboration with Kiki Dee, entitled “True Love”, which reached the Top 10 of the UK charts, and a duet with Eric Clapton on “Runaway Train”, which also charted.[54]

Along with Tim Rice, Elton John wrote the songs for the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King, which became the 3rd highest-grossing animated feature of all time.[55] At the 67th Academy Awards ceremony, The Lion King provided three of the five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Song, which John won with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight“.[56] Both that and “Circle of Life” became hit songs for John.[57][58] “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” would also win Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 37th Grammy Awards.[56] After the release of the The Lion King soundtrack, the album remained at the top of Billboard‘s charts for nine weeks. On 10 November 1999, the RIAA certified The Lion KingDiamond” for selling 15 million copies.[2]

In 1995 John released Made in England (number 3, 1995), which featured the single “Believe”.[59] Also, a compilation called Love Songs was released the following year.[60]

Early in 1997 John held a 50th birthday party, costumed as Louis XIV, for 500 friends. John also performed with the surviving members of Queen in Paris at the opening night (17 January 1997) of Le Presbytère N’a Rien Perdu De Son Charme Ni Le Jardin De Son Éclat, a work by French ballet legend Maurice Béjart which draws upon AIDS and the deaths of Freddie Mercury and the company’s principal dancer Jorge Donn. Later in 1997, two close friends died: designer Gianni Versace was murdered; Diana, Princess of Wales died in a Paris car crash on 31 August.[61]

In early September, John contacted his writing partner Bernie Taupin, asking him to revise the lyrics of his 1973 song “Candle in the Wind” to honour Diana, and Taupin rewrote the song accordingly.[62] On 6 September 1997, John performed “Candle in the Wind 1997” at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey.[63] The song became the fastest, and biggest-selling single of all time, eventually selling over 33 million copies worldwide.[2][64][65] The best-selling single in UK Chart history, it sold 4.86 million copies in the UK.[66] The best-selling single in Billboard history, and the only single ever certified Diamond in the United States, the single sold over 11 million copies in the U.S.[67][68] The song proceeds of approximately £55 million were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. It would win John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1998.[65] John has publicly performed “Candle in the Wind 1997″ only once, at Diana’s funeral, vowing never to perform it again unless asked by Diana’s sons.[69]

In the musical theatre world, in addition to a 1998 adaptation of The Lion King for Broadway, John also composed music for a Disney production of Aida in 1999 with lyricist Tim Rice, for which they received the Tony Award for Best Original Score at the 54th Tony Awards,[70] and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards.[71][72] The musical was given its world premiere in the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. It went on to Chicago and eventually Broadway. He also released a live compilation album called Elton John One Night Only – The Greatest Hits from the show he did at Madison Square Garden in New York City that same year.

2000 to present

Elton John performs at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, July 2008

In 2000, John and Tim Rice teamed again to create songs for DreamWorks‘ animated film The Road To El Dorado. In August 2003, John scored his fifth UK number one single when “Are You Ready for Love” topped the UK Charts.[73] Returning again to musical theatre, John composed music for a West End Theatre production of Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005 with playwright Lee Hall. John’s only theatrical project with Bernie Taupin so far is Lestat: The Musical, based on the Anne Rice vampire novels. However it was slammed by the critics and closed in May 2006 after 39 performances.[74]

John was named a Disney Legend for his numerous outstanding contributions to Disney’s films and theatrical works on 9 October 2006, by The Walt Disney Company.[75] In 2006 he told Rolling Stone magazine that he plans for his next record to be in the R&B/hip-hop genre. “I want to work with Pharrell {Williams}, Timbaland, Snoop {Dogg}, Kanye {West}, Eminem and just see what happens.”[76]

In March 2007 he performed at Madison Square Garden for a record breaking 60th time for his 60th birthday, the concert was broadcast live and a DVD recording was released as Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden;[77] a greatest-hits compilation CD, Rocket Man – Number Ones, was released in 17 different versions worldwide, including a CD/DVD combo; and his back catalogue – almost 500 songs from 32 albums – became available for legal download.[78]

In a September 2008 interview with GQ magazine, John said: “I’m going on the road again with Billy Joel again next year,” referring to “Face to Face,” a series of concerts featuring both musicians. The tour began in March and will continue for at least two more years.[79]

In October 2003, John announced that he had signed an exclusive agreement to perform 75 shows over three years at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. The show, entitled The Red Piano, was a multimedia concert featuring massive props and video montages created by David LaChapelle. Effectively, he and Celine Dion share performances at Caesars Palace throughout the year – while one performs, one rests. The first of these shows took place on 13 February 2004.[80] On 21 June 2008, he performed his 200th show in Caesars Palace. A DVD/CD package of The Red Piano was released through Best Buy in November 2008. A two year global tour was sandwiched between commitments in Las Vegas, Nevada, some of the venues of which were new to John. The Red Piano Tour closed in Las Vegas in April 2009.

Elton John performed a piano duet with Lady Gaga at the 52nd Grammy Awards.[81] On 6 June 2010, John performed at the fourth wedding of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for a reported US$1 million fee.[82] Eleven days later, and 17 years to the day after his last previous performance in Israel, he performed at the Ramat Gan Stadium; this was significant because of other then-recent cancellations by other performers in the fallout surrounding an Israeli raid on Gaza Flotilla the month before. In his introduction to that concert, Elton John noted he and other musicians should not “cherry-pick our conscience”, in reference to Elvis Costello, who was to have performed in Israel two weeks after Elton did, but cancelled in the wake of the aforementioned raid, citing his [Costello's] conscience.[83][84]

John’s latest studio album is entitled The Union and was released on 19 October 2010. John says his collaboration with American singer-songwriter and sideman Leon Russell marks a new chapter in his recording career, saying: “I don’t have to make pop records any more.”[85]

Artistry

Songwriting

John has written with his song-writing partner Bernie Taupin since 1967 when he answered an advertisement for talent placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty records A&R man Ray Williams. The pair have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.[86]

The 1991 film documentary Two Rooms described the writing style that John and Taupin use, which involves Taupin writing the lyrics on his own, and John then putting them to music, with the two never in the same room during the process.

Music style

John’s voice was originally a tenor, it is now a baritone.[16] His piano playing is influenced by classical and gospel music.[87] He used Paul Buckmaster to arrange the music on his studio albums during the 1970s.[88]

Personal life

In April 2009, the Sunday Times Rich List estimated John’s wealth to be £175 million ($265 million), and ranked him as the 322nd richest person in Britain.[89]

In a 1976 Rolling Stone interview, he talked about bisexuality, his belief that everyone is bisexual to a degree, and that his first sexual experience was with a woman, the secretary Linda Woodrow to whom he proposed, and who is mentioned in the song “Someone Saved My Life Tonight“.[90][91] John married German recording engineer Renate Blauel on 14 February, 1984, in Sydney, with speculation that the marriage was a cover; when they divorced four years later John told Rolling Stone that he was “comfortable” being gay.[92]

He met his Canadian partner David Furnish, a former advertising executive and now filmmaker, in 1993. On 21 December 2005, they entered into a civil partnership. The night before the event, a host of his closest celebrity friends helped him celebrate his stag party at the cabaret nightclub Too2Much in London’s West End.[93] On the actual day, a low-key ceremony with their parents, photographer Sam Taylor-Wood and her husband Jay Jopling, and John and Furnish’s dog Arthur in attendance was held at the Windsor Guildhall, followed by a lavish party at their Berkshire mansion,[94] thought to have cost £1 million.[95] Many famous guests were invited, but were delayed just outside John’s Windsor household in a traffic jam of guests waiting to get inside.[96]

John has ten godchildren as of March 2006. They include David and Victoria Beckham‘s sons Brooklyn and Romeo, Sean Lennon, Elizabeth Hurley‘s son Damian Charles, and the daughter of Seymour Stein.[97][98][99]

In September 2009, while touring an AIDS orphanage in Ukraine (Makiivka), John stated he wanted to adopt one of the resident children, a 14 month old HIV positive boy named Lev.[100][101] However, Ukrainian Minister of Family, Youth and Sport Yuriy Pavlenko stated that under Ukrainian law John could not adopt Lev due to his age and marital status,[100][102] though John could adopt the baby if the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a separate special law on making him an adoptive parent of the child.[103] In December 2009 Furnish told BBC radio John was devastated that he wasn’t allowed to adopt Lev but that the couple were working to ensure Lev and his brother “have the best health care, education and family options available to them” and the couple would campaign for a change in Ukrainian law.[104]

Throughout his career, John has battled addictions to alcohol and cocaine. By 1975, the pressures of stardom began to take a serious toll on the musician. During “Elton Week” in Los Angeles that year, John suffered a drug overdose.[105] He also battled the eating disorder bulimia. In a CNN interview with Larry King in 2002, King asked if John knew of Diana, Princess of Wales’ eating disorder. John replied, “Yes, I did. We were both bulimic.”[106]

Aside from his main home, ‘Woodside’ at Old Windsor in the English county of Berkshire, John splits his time in his various residences in Atlanta, Nice, Holland Park in London; and Venice. John is an art collector, and is believed to have one of the largest private photography collections in the world.[107]

During the 2000 court case, in which John sued both his former manager John Reid, the CEO of Reid’s company and accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, he admitted spending £30 million in just under two years – an average of £1.5 million a month, the High Court in London heard. The singer’s lavish lifestyle saw him spend more than £9.6m on property and £293,000 on flowers between January 1996 and September 1997. John accused the pair of being negligent, and PwC of failing in their duties. Mark Hapgood QC for defendants PwC suggested that John went “spending mad” following a £42 million deal with recording company Polygram in February 1996. When quizzed by Mr Hapgood about the £293,000 spent on flowers, John said, “Yes, I like flowers.” John stated that the terms of the contract, whereby John paid Reid 20% of his gross earnings, were agreed in Saint-Tropez in the summer of 1984 – but that he could not remember the exact occasion on which the deal was made.[108] After losing the case, he faced an £8 million bill for legal fees.

In June 2001 John sold 20 of his cars at Christie’s, saying he didn’t get the chance to drive them because he was out of the country so often.[109] The sale, which included a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, the most expensive at £234,750, and several Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, raised nearly £2 million.[110]

In 2003, John sold the contents of his Holland Park home in a bid to create more room for his collection of contemporary art which includes many works of art by YBAs such as Sam Taylor-Wood and Tracy Emin. The auctioneer Sotheby’s catalogue had a list of more than 400 items, expected to fetch £800,000, including: Biedermeier furniture; early 16th- and 17th-century items, including an Edward Bower estimated at £20,000–£30,000, and two busts of Napoleon.[111]

A longtime tennis enthusiast, John wrote the song “Philadelphia Freedom” in tribute to longtime friend Billie Jean King and her World Team Tennis franchise of the same name. John and King also co-host an annual pro-am event to benefit AIDS charities, most notably John’s own Elton John AIDS Foundation, for which King is a chairperson. The fund was involved in The Reign, too.

John, who maintains a part-time residence in Atlanta, Georgia, became a fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team when he moved there in 1991.[112]

Every year since 2004, he has opened a shop, selling his second hand clothes. Called “Elton’s Closet” the sale this year of 10,000 items was expected to raise $400,000[113]

John was an Honorary Chair of the Imperial Court of New York’s Annual Charity Coronation Ball, Night of A Thousand Gowns on 21 March 2009. Other Honorary Chairs for the evening’s charity event included Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, John Cameron Mitchell, Joan Rivers and Dame Robin Strasser.[114]

John and partner David Furnish entered a civil partnership in 2005 after 12 years together. Their son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born 25 December 2010 in California via a surrogate. Zachary weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.[115][116]. Ingrid Sischy (and her partner Sandy Brant) and Lady Gaga were named Zachary’s godmothers respectively.[117]

Watford Football Club

John became chairman and director of Watford Football Club in 1976, appointing Graham Taylor as manager and investing large sums of money as the club rose three division into the First Division.[118] The pinnacle of the clubs’ success was finishing runners up in the First Division and reaching the FA Cup Final a year later. He sold the club to Jack Petchey in 1987, but remained their life-long president.[119] In 1997 he re-purchased the club from Petchey and once again became chairman. He stepped down in 2002 when the club needed a full-time chairman although he continued as president of the club.[119] Although no longer the majority shareholder, he stills holds a significant financial interest. In June 2005 he held a concert at Watford’s Vicarage Road ground, donating the funds to the club, and another concert in May 2010.[119] For a time he was also a part-owner of the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League.

AIDS Foundation

John has been associated with AIDS charities since the deaths of his friends Ryan White and Freddie Mercury, raising large amounts of money and using his public profile to raise awareness of the disease. For example, in 1986 he joined with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder to record the single “That’s What Friends Are For“, with all profits being donated to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The song won John and the others the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (as well as Song of the Year for its writers, Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager). In April 1990, John performed “Skyline Pigeon” at the funeral of White, a teenage haemophiliac he had befriended.

John founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 as a charity to fund programmes for HIV/AIDS prevention, for the elimination of prejudice and discrimination against HIV/AIDS-affected individuals, and for providing services to people living with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. This cause continues to be one of his personal passions. In early 2006, John donated the smaller of two bright-red Yamaha pianos from his Las Vegas, Nevada show to auction on eBay to raise public awareness and funds for the foundation.

To raise money for his AIDS charity, John hosts annually a glamorous White Tie & Tiara Ball, to which many famous celebrities are invited. On 28 June 2007, the 9th annual White Tie & Tiara Ball took place. The menu consisted of a truffle soufflé followed by Surf and Turf (filet mignon with Maine lobster tail) and a giant Knickerbocker glory ice cream. An auction followed the dinner held by Stephen Fry. A Rolls Royce ‘Phantom’ drophead coupe and a piece of Tracey Emin‘s artwork both raised £800,000 for the charity fund, with the total amount raised reaching £3.5 million.[120] Later on in the event, John sang “Delilah” with Tom Jones and “Big Spender” with Shirley Bassey.[121] Tickets for the Ball cost £1,000 a head. The event raised £4.6 million for his AIDS Foundation in 2006.[122]

Activism

On 1 April 2010, John joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her Give a Damn campaign to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community as part of her True Colors Fund.[123] In the advertisement, John states: “Imagine walking down the street and wondering if this is the day you’ll get beaten up, or even killed, simply because of who you are”.[123] The campaign is to bring straight people to stand up with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community and stop the discrimination. Other names included in the campaign are Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Mraz, Judith Light, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Kardashian, Clay Aiken, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, and Anna Paquin.[123]

Awards

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1994. He and Bernie Taupin had previously been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992. John was made a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995.[124] For his charitable work, John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on 24 February 1998. In October 1975, John became the 1,662nd person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[125]

He became a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004, and a Disney Legends Award in 2006. In 2010, Elton John was awarded with the PRS for Music Heritage Award, which was erected, on The Namaste Lounge Pub in Watford, where Elton performed his first ever gig.[126]

Music awards include the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from The Lion King (award shared with Tim Rice); the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1994 for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from The Lion King (award shared with Tim Rice); and the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 2000 for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (award shared with Tim Rice)

John has six Grammy Awards:

Discography

Soundtracks, scores & theatre albums
Films

Elton John Band

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Elton John

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Sir Elton John
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Elton John en concert au Keepmoat Stadium à Doncaster en juillet 2008.

Surnom Elton Hercules John
Nom Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Naissance 25 mars 1947 (1947-03-25) (63 ans)
Drapeau du Royaume-Uni Pinner, Royaume-Uni
Activité principale Auteur-compositeur-interprète
Producteur
Genre musical Piano rock
Glam rock
Soft rock
Pop
Instruments Piano
Clavier
Années d’activité Depuis 1964
Labels Universal
Site officiel eltonjohn.com

Entourage Billy Joel
Eminem
Ashley RobertsCéline Dion
Michael Jackson
Bill Clinton
Princesse Diana
Simon Cowell
Tupac
Fifty Cent
Henry de Galles
Whoopi Goldberg
Robin Williams
Kanye West
Rihanna
Justin Timberlake
The Pussycat Dolls
Kiki Dee
Harrison Ford
Ray Cooper
Elizabeth Hurley
Hugh Grant
Elizabeth Taylor
Lady Gaga
George Michael
Madonna
Gianni Versace

Sir Elton Hercules John[1] (né Reginald Kenneth Dwight le 25 mars 1947 à Pinner, dans le Middlesex, en Angleterre) est un chanteur et compositeur britannique. Il fait partie des chanteurs à grand succès international, ses albums les plus célèbres étant Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Captain Fantastic ou encore Blue Moves. En plus de quarante ans de carrière, il a vendu plus de 250 millions d’albums et 100 millions de singles, soit 350 millions de disques vendus[réf. nécessaire].

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Carrière

Sa rencontre avec Bernie Taupin dans la fin des années 1960 détermine sa carrière. Elton John fut véritablement reconnu par ses pairs après une tournée de promotion de son album Elton John aux États-Unis en 1970. Son premier concert eut lieu au Troubadour de Los Angeles le 25 août. Eric Clapton et Leon Russell vont l’applaudir sur scène.

Les débuts (fin des années 1960)

En 1961, Reginald Kenneth Dwight forme son premier groupe : Bluesology. Il admire beaucoup le chanteur John Baldry et le saxophoniste Elton Dean, et c’est pourquoi il décide de se faire appeler Elton John[réf. nécessaire].

Elton John sort d’abord un premier album intitulé Empty Sky, mais celui-ci passe plus ou moins inaperçu auprès du public et de la critique. C’est avec son deuxième album, Elton John, sorti en 1970, que l’artiste acquiert une renommée internationale. Le premier single, Border Song obtient un certain succès, tandis que Your Song propulse l’Anglais aux sommets des charts. L’album, caractérisé par les orchestrations très présentes de Paul Buckmaster, revêt des allures baroques, et annonce d’autres opus non moins célèbres comme Madman Across the Water (1971) ou Blue Moves (1975).

Les années 1970

Tumbleweed Connection puis Madman Across the Water confirment la nouvelle popularité du chanteur. Installé sur la rampe du succès, c’est en 1972 avec l’album Honky Chateau qu’il impose un nouveau style musical en s’appuyant sur une formation solide de musiciens non destinée aux enregistrements studio (Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson). Il est capable d’écrire et d’enregistrer très vite des albums entre deux tournées (son contrat avec DJM lui imposant la sortie de deux albums par an), tournées qui l’emmènent aux États-Unis, en Australie, en Nouvelle-Zélande et au Japon. En 1973, il fonde sa propre maison de disques (ROCKET) et signe Kiki Dee et Neil Sedaka.

Avec Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973), Elton John s’impose dans la pop des années 70. Ce double album enchaîne les titres à succès : Candle In The Wind (dédiée à Marylin Monroe), Bennie And the Jets, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), ou encore le titre éponyme. L’album est considéré encore aujourd’hui comme la plus grande réussite artistique d’Elton John.

Parmi tous les albums sortis dans les années 70 (17 en 9 ans), Elton John et son groupe accouchent également de deux autres chefs d’œuvres : Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy en 1975 et Blue Moves en 1976, souvent considérés comme formant avec Goodbye Yellow Brick Road les trois piliers de la carrière prolifique du chanteur britannique. Ces albums offrent un rock progressif, mélodique et souvent survolté, très éloigné de ce qu’Elton John a pu produire par la suite (pensons aux nombreuses ballades comme Sacrifice ou Can You Feel The Love Tonight issue de la B.O. du Roi Lion, qui, si elles sont de qualité, ont enfermé l’artiste dans une image d’artiste pop, producteur de chansons classiques et parfois gentillettes).

Entre 1972 et 1975, Elton John vit principalement aux États-Unis. Son énergie, ses excentricités vestimentaires, son style de vie de milliardaire le poussent au pinacle. Au-delà du talent, souvent négligé par ses détracteurs, Elton John produit un rock joyeux, coloré, qui tranche avec le contexte historique de création (crise économique, Viêt Nam, Watergate…).

  • Durant cette époque Elton John multiplie les tubes, obtient 7 albums n°1 des ventes à la suite aux États-Unis et représente 2% des ventes de l’industrie mondiale du disque.
  • En 1975, Elton John joue le Pinball Wizard dans le film Tommy des Who.

En 1975-1976, Elton John change de groupe (son répertoire se faisant plus éclectique), prend un nouveau tournant dans sa carrière (tant musical que par ses engagements externes, le football par exemple) pour percer en Europe. Il fait une tournée en 1979 dans l’Union soviétique.

Les années 1980

Les années 1980 furent une période ambigüe durant laquelle il épousa (en 1984) Renate Blauel – ingénieur du son allemande ayant travaillé notamment sur les albums Leather Jackets et Breaking Hearts – (il divorça en 1988) et écrivit une multitude de tubes comme Blue eyes, I guess that’s why they call it blues, I’m still standing (véritable pied de nez à tous ses détracteurs), Heartache all over the World, Nikita, Sad songs (say so much), le tourbillonnant I don’t wanna go on with you like that ou encore Whispers. Malgré tous ces singles à succès, la décennie 80 reste le symbole d’une certaine perte d’inspiration, associée à l’abus d’alcool et de drogues.

C’est aussi en 1987 qu’il grava sur disque un de ces concerts : Live in Australia, avec un orchestre symphonique et dont fut tirée une nouvelle version de Candle in the Wind en single, qui entrera dans le top 5 américain. À une période d’albums inégaux (Leather Jackets par exemple, considéré par l’artiste comme le moins bon de sa carrière), Elton John décide de réinterpréter de vieux titres, principalement issus de son deuxième album. Cependant, le chanteur souffre à ce moment d’un kyste sur les cordes vocales qui ampute sa performance ; il dut d’ailleurs se faire opérer peu de temps après le concert. Live in Australia n’en reste pas moins l’un des temps forts de sa carrière.

Les années 1990

Il faudra attendre les années 1990 pour vivre la seconde naissance d’Elton John qui a su cependant, pendant trente ans, conserver sa place sur la scène rock.

  • En 1990 le single Sacrifice issu de l’album Sleeping with the Past devient un tube mondial de même que l’album vendu à 10 millions d’exemplaires.
  • En 1991 sort une version live de Don’t let the sun go down on me avec George Michael qui est n° 1 notamment aux États-Unis, en Angleterre, au Japon.
  • En 1992 l’album The One consacre le retour d’Elton John sur le devant de la scène après sa cure de désintoxication. Le single éponyme devient lui aussi un tube mondial et assure une très bonne carrière à cet album.
  • En 1994 sort la BO du dessin animé de Walt Disney The Lion King qui s’écoule à 18 millions d’exemplaires dans le monde et qui devient disque de diamant cette même année aux États-Unis.
  • En 1995 sort un album encensé par la critique : Made in England dont les singles Believe, Made in England et Blessed sont extraits.
  • En 1997 Elton publie l’album The Big Picture avec le single Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind 1997. Candle in the Wind est réécrite pour l’occasion par Bernie Taupin pour s’adresser à Diana Spencer) qui se vend à 33 millions d’exemplaires après les funérailles de la princesse. *
  • En 1998, il compose les chansons pour la comédie musicale Aïda produite par Walt Disney Theatrical Productions.

Les années 2000 et 2010

  • Elton John fait une apparition dans la série télévisée Ally McBeal en 2001.
  • Après 12 ans de vie commune, Elton John s’unit en Angleterre à son compagnon David Furnish, le 21 décembre 2005, le jour même où la loi britannique légalise les unions homosexuelles.
  • Plus récemment, Elton John revient à un style plus proche de ses premiers albums, avec des opus comme Songs From The West Coast (2001), Peachtree Road (2004) ou encore The Captain and the Kid (2006). Celui-ci fait d’ailleurs echo au célèbre Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, et les paroles de Bernie Taupin traitent de différents moments dans la carrières des deux compagnons.
  • On apprend récemment que Elton John travaille actuellement sur son prochain album pour 2010 à Las Vegas en collaboration avec Leon Russell. D’après son site officiel, il annonce que ce dernier sera toujours avec en collaboration avec Bernie Taupin dont la sortie sera prévue le 19 octobre 2010 sous le nom de “The Union“.
  • Le 25 décembre 2010, grâce à une mère porteuse californienne, son compagnon et lui deviennent “pères” d’un petit garçon, qu’ils prénomment Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John[2].

Prises de positions

En novembre 2006, Elton John affirme qu’il interdirait totalement les libertés religieuses. Selon lui, les religions transformeraient les individus en personnages «haineux », Elles ne feraient pas suffisamment preuvent de compassion et seraient porteuse de pensées homophobes[3],[4].

De nombreux artistes, dont Elvis Costello et les Pixies, ont annulé les concerts qu’ils devaient donner en Israël pour protester contre l’abordage de la flottille pour Gaza. A l’inverse, Elton John s’est produit, le 17 juin 2010, au stade Ramat Gan de Tel-Aviv devant 50 000 fans, pour apporter son soutien à Israël et à son droit de se défendre.[5].

Discographie

Reconnaissance artistique

Reprises et samples

Parmi les nombreux artistes qui ont repris des titres du répertoire d’Elton John, on peut citer : Aretha Franklin (Border song), Kate Bush (Rocket Man, Daniel), Tori Amos (Tiny Dancer), Rod Stewart (Country comfort, Your song), Jeff Buckley (We all fall in love sometimes/curtains), Dream Theater (Funeral for a friend), Keane (Goodbye yellow brick road), Rufus Wainwright (Goodbye yellow brick road), Jason Mraz (Rocket Man), Queen (Saturday night’s alright), Ray Charles (Sorry seems to be the hardest word), Ben Folds (Tiny dancer), Dave Grohl (Tiny Dancer), Billy Paul (your song), Al Jarreau (your song), Eric Clapton (Border song), les Beach Boys (crocodile rock, également reprise en 2000 par le groupe de heavy metal américain W.A.S.P.), the Who (saturday night’s alright), Toto (burn down the mission), Phil Collins (burn down the mission), Sting (come down in time), Bon Jovi (Levon), Nickelback (Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting), Sinead O’Connor (sacrifice), Franck Sinatra (sorry seems to be the hardet word), George Michael (Tonight, Idol), Bruce Hornsby (Madman across the water), Tina Turner (the bitch is back), Kid Rock (Saturday night’s alright), Brian Wilson (someone saved my life tonight), Norah Jones (Tiny dancer), Diana Krall (Border Song), Joe Cocker (sorry seems to be the hardest word), Beastie Boys (Bennie and the jets), Wilson Phillips (Daniel)…

D’autres artistes ont samplé ses morceaux : Mary J. Blidge (Bennie and the jets), Kanye West (someone saved my life tonight), Tupac (indian sunset), Norman Cook (are you ready for love), Ironik (Tiny dancer).. Elton John représente donc aujourd’hui une source d’inspiration pour tous les styles musicaux, du jazz à la country, du hard rock à la pop, du hip hop au gospel.

Enfin, bien qu’il soit considéré comme l’un des rois de la pop, il a affiché sa diversité dans un duo avec le rappeur Tupac, « Ghetto Gospel »[6] mais aussi avec le groupe de heavy metal anglais Saxon. Elton joue sur deux titres de leur album « Rock the Nations » (1986). L’un au piano et au chant : « Party Til You Puke »  ; l’autre simplement au piano : « Northern Lady ». Dans les années 2000, Elton John a fait un duo avec le rapeur Eminem pour la chanson Stan.

Distinctions

  • Elton John est commandeur de l’Ordre de l’Empire britannique (Order of the British Empire) et chevalier[7]. À ce double titre, l’usage britannique prescrit de le nommer, dans les citations officielles, Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE
  • Prix de la contribution à la culture américaine (plus haute distinction américaine pour un artiste, l’équivalent de l’anoblissement) en 2004 remis par le président George Bush
  • Officier des Arts et des Lettres remis par la Reine d’Angleterre
  • Président d’honneur à vie du Club de Watford en Angleterre
  • Docteur de l’Académie royale de musique de Londres.

Nominations et récompenses

  • Oscar = 6
  • Ivor Novellos = 8
  • Grammy Awards = 17
  • NRJ Music Awards = 12
  • Tony Awards = 14
  • MTV Video Music Awards = 11
  • Brit Awards = 18
  • Prix de Rome belge = 7

Elton John est l’un des rares artistes à avoir eu autant de récompenses dans une carrière musicale.

Voir aussi

Sur les autres projets Wikimédia :

Notes et références

47- Des alliances humanitaires exclusives

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Fondée par un hétéro
“Cʼest pas de sa faute, ce quʼil
fait dans sa chambre à coucher
lui appartient et ne concerne
personne, il a le droit dʼêtre hé-
téro…”, cʼest ainsi que jʼaimais
présenter le Président fondateur
du Point à une certaine époque
aux gens de la communauté gaie
qui souhaitaient transiger avec
la revue nouveau genre qui sʼof-
frait à eux.
Mais il y avait là un fait indé-
niable, celui qui avait osé pro-
poser un nouveau magazine gai
audacieux et ne tolérant pas les
images conformistes était be
images conformistes était be
images conf l et
bien hétérosexuel. Yves Daoust
aura été éditeur du Point entre
1998 et 2002 et sera resté, par la
suite, conseiller pour le nouvel
éditeur, celui qui signe encore
aujourdʼhui ce texte.
La revue dʼaffaires et de vie gaie des québécois a fait couler beaucoup dʼencre en publiant un média gai
nouveau genre qui refusait les images traditionnellement associées aux gais et lesbiennes et en offrant un
journalisme dʼenquête sérieux. En voici les principaux faits saillants…
Cette édition spécia-
le du Point vous est of-
ferte gratuitement par
Dès le début, la publication
sʼest orientée vers un contenu
spécialisé en affaires et en san-
té, reléguant les compétiteurs
au simple rang de diffuseurs
de communiqués alors que Le
Point allait au-delà de la nou-
velle, commençait son travail là
où les autres le terminaient.
Cʼest avec cette distinction en
tête que Le Point a publié de
nombreux dossiers audacieux
sur des théories SIDA novatri-
ces permettant la diffusion de
contenu qui ne trouverait jamais
place ailleurs. Dès 2002, Le
Point avait dʼailleurs surpris en
publiant des analyses exclusives
du politicien Jean-Luc Romero,
personnalité politique de lʼan-
née 2001 en France et afi n de
permettre une meilleure visibi-
lité de son contenu, sʼassociait
avec des personnalités connues
comme Elizabeth Taylor,
Doris Day, Céline Dion ou El-
ton John. Ces alliances ont tou-
tes contribuées à assurer une
meilleure diffusion du produit
Le Point et encore aujourdʼhui,
des personnalités publiques et
des stars sʼassocient toujours à
la revue, en exclusivité par-
fois, pour lui donner plus de
punch et dans certains cas, le
budget nécessaire pour publier
un contenu qui ne trouve pas fa-
cilement preneur dans le monde
commercial. Le SIDA étant un
exemple.
La Revue Le Point a été deux
fois en nomination pour deux
prix internationaux en journa-
lisme et design et son alliance
avec Gay Globe TV permet do-
rénavant de diffuser les sujets
du magazine dans un format
additionnel, soit la télé web.
Dans les pages qui suivent, nous
ferons le tour des couvertures
les plus populaires du magazine
et des textes les plus lus depuis
2002. Pour lire les éditions an-
térieures du Point, simplement
consulter le site www.gayglobe.
us, section Le Point.

44- Elton: Abolition des religions

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Le roi de la pop britannique Elton John sʼest déclaré dimanche en faveur de lʼinterdiction des religions qui, selon lui, ne font pas suffisamment preuve de compassion et sont homophobes.
Par:
AFP
Photo:
AFP
Article
Régulier
Résumé:
Le chanteur britannique, qui vient tout juste dʼépouser un Canadien, souhaite lʼabolition des religions sans compassion.
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De lʼaction pour le temps des fêtes!

Friday, December 25th, 2009

46
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son party de fin dʼannée
Comme à chaque année, les proprios du Backboys ne manqueront pas
de célébrer la fin 2005 en compagnie de leurs clients et invitent les régu-
liers ou ceux qui veulent découvrir les lieux pour la première fois à un
formidable party de fin dʼannée en compagnie dʼune cohorte dʼhommes
en serviettes…
On y offrira de la musique, de très nombreux prix de présence, du cham-
pagne pour tous, des punchs alcoolisés, un buffet et dʼautres surprises
qui font la renommée du Backboys depuis des lustres. En plus des évé-
nements spéciaux à la fête, le Backboys offrira les mêmes services de
relaxation, de bain tourbillon et de sauna, question de réchauffer le corps
tant quʼà y être.
Bienvenue à tous, le prix dʼentrée reste inchangé, réservez tôt car les
places sont limitées. (418) 521-6686.
Le 727 prendra soin de vous!
Tout le monde le sait chez les gais, lʼAuberge 727 de Québec sait com-
ment recevoir le monde et particulièrement ceux qui seront de passage
dans la Capitale pendant la période des fêtes. Chaleur, convivialité et
réconfort, voilà ce qui fait la spécialité des lieux dont la réputation nʼest
plus à faire. Louis et Gérald se feront un devoir de vous accompagner
pendant les réjouissances. Réservez au 418.523.7705
Elton John et David Furnish,
désapprouvés par le Pape
Par: Actustar
Le chanteur et son compagnon depuis plus de dix ans sont en
colère contre lʼopposition du pape Benoît XVI à lʼunion homo-
sexuelle.
Elton John et David Furnish comptent bien se marier en ce mois
de Décembre, dès que la loi le leur permettra, et ce, malgré lʼoppo-
sition du pape et des contestations en provenance des Etats-Unis.
Ils veulent même une cérémonie catholique.
Elton John déclare : «Il se rend responsable dʼun génocide en disant ce
quʼil dit sur le sida et en restreignant lʼusage des préservatifs». David
Furnish ajoute : «Les gens qui sont contre sont une des raisons pour
lesquelles nous faisons ça. Lʼextrémisme en Amérique est de plus
en plus extrême et le pape est vraiment très ouvertement anti-gay.»

Elton John Ambassadeur des Gay Games de Chicago

Friday, December 25th, 2009

La Fédération internationale des Gay Games est fière
dʼannoncer que Sir Elton John lui apporte son soutien en tant
quʼAmbassadeur des Gay Games.
Sir Elton a indiqué, « Je suis ravi de mʼimpliquer dans les Gay Games.
Depuis plus de vingt ans les Gay Games ont donné un coup de projecteur
bien mérité aux performances sportives et culturelles des membres de
la communauté lesbienne, gay, bi et trans et de leurs amis dʼà travers le
monde entier. »
Les Ambassadeurs des Gay Games sont des personnalités de plusieurs
pays qui soutiennent les objectifs et principes des Gay Games. Crées en
1982, la prochaine édition des jeux aura lieu à Chicago aux Etats Unis
du 15 au 22 juillet 2006. La musique a toujours tenu une place de choix
au cœur des Gay Games, qui comprennent des spectacles de chœurs et
fanfares, des cérémonies dʼouverture et de clôture où la musique tient
une place importante, et de nombreux autres concerts de tout style de
musique : variétés, classique, jazz, R&B, country, etc, toute la semaine
des Gay Games.
La large gamme de disciplines musicales présentées lors de chaque
édition des Gay Games rend tout naturel le soutien du légendaire Sir
Elton John à cet événement. « Des milliers de musiciens ont participé
aux festivals culturels des Gay Games », a expliqué Sir Elton. « Je suis
fier dʼeux et de ce quʼils ont réalisé lors des Gay Games et dans leur
communauté. Associés aux sportives et sportifs, ces artistes font défient
les stéréotypes, source dʼoppression, et par là rassemble le monde. »
Au cours de plus de 35 ans de carrière, Sir Elton John a marqué le monde
du spectacle de part le succès de ses tournées et ses ventes comme artiste
solo, parmi les meilleures de tout le temps. Il a vendu près dʼun quart
de milliard de disques à travers le monde, avec plus de 100 titres au
palmarès « Hot 100 », 12 disques de diamant, 23 albums de platine et
33 dʼor aux Etats-Unis, et une suite ininterrompue de 29 numéro un au
palmarès « UK Top 40 », avec 35 disques dʼor et 25 de platine. Parmi
ses nombreuses récompenses, Sir Elton a reçu plusieurs Grammy, dont
la Grammy Legend Award. Il a collaboré avec le parolier Tim Rice pour
créer la bande originale au film « Le Roi Lion », dont la chanson « Can
you feel the love tonight » lui a valu un Oscar. Plus récemment, Sir Elton
a été reconnu à Los Angeles pour ses contributions à la musique et aux
causes humanitaires par la Society of Singers, qui lui ont attribué leur
prestigieuse récompense annuelle, lʼELLA.

Au cours des quinze dernières années Sir Elton sʼest investi dans les
causes humanitaires, notamment par la création de sa Fondation contre
le SIDA en 1992. Il travaille avec acharnement au profit des programmes
de prévention du SIDA, de lutte contre les préjugés et la discrimination
contre les personnes touchées par le VIH et le SIDA, et dʼassistance aux
personnes à risque.
« Les Gay Games se sont aussi toujours impliqués sur les questions
relatives au VIH et au SIDA et ils continuent de le faire au travers
dʼévénements comme la Course Internationale Arc-en-ciel (International
Rainbow Run) », a ajouté Sir Elton John. « Beaucoup de personnes vivant
avec le VIH ou le SIDA ont été des participants à part entière et certains
ont même battu des records du monde. Cʼest un merveilleux événement
qui encourage lʼaptitude physique et le meilleur de soi-même pour les
gens quel que soit lʼâge la condition physique. »
« Nous sommes véritablement honorés que Sir Elton John ait accepté
notre invitation de devenir un Ambassadeur des Gay Games, » a
commenté Roberto Mantaci, co-président de la Fédération internationale
des Gay Games. « Depuis de nombreuses années il a été un ambassadeur
de fait pour toute la communauté LGBT, notamment à travers ses œuvres
caritatives, et ses contributions ont été immenses. »
« Nous nous réjouissons avec plaisir de travailler avec lui pour porter la
bonne parole sur les Gay Games à dʼautres personnes à travers le monde,
» a rajouté M. Mantaci. « Ce nʼest pas trop dire que de signaler que le
planning de Sir Elton en tant quʼartiste exige de sa part une forme et
une endurance dignes dʼinspirer tout sportif qui se prépare actuellement
pour les épreuves de lʼannée prochaine à Chicago. » Le programme
dʼAmbassadeurs des Gay Games a démarré avant la sixième édition des
jeux à Sydney en 2002. Les membres fondateurs étaient lʼactrice Judith
Light, le médaillé dʼor olympique de la natation Bruce Hayes, lʼancien
ambassadeur américain James Hormel, et le photographe Tom Bianchi.
En plus de Sir Elton John, on compte parmi les Ambassadeurs
les championnes cyclistes et médaillées olympiques Petra Roessner
et Judith Arndt, les anciens joueurs de football américain Dave Kopay
et Esera Tuaolo, la légende du tennis Billie Jean King, la star du rock
Melissa Etheridge, lʼactrice et réalisatrice Amanda Bearse, lʼathlète de
force athlétique, lʼancien joueur de base-ball professionnel Billy Bean, le
champion de patinage artistique Rudy Galindo, le champion olympique
de trampoline Ji Wallace, et Leigh-Ann Naidoo, volleyeuse olympique
sud-africaine.
Pour plus dʼinformations sur la Fédération internationale des Gay Games,
consulter le site www.gaygames.org. Pour plus dʼinformations sur les Gay
Games VII à Chicago en 2006, dont les modalités dʼinscription,consulter
le site www.gaygameschicago.org.
A propos de la Fondation Elton John contre le SIDA (Elton John AIDS
Foundation) : En 1992, horrifié et révolté par la magnitude du VIH/SIDA
et le peu qui se faisait pour venir en aide à ceux touchés par le virus,
Elton John a créé sa propre Fondation, la “Elton John AIDS Foundation
(EJAF)”. Il préside cette Fondation et continue dʼapporter sa contribution
personnelle par la voie de manifestations de bienfaisance et concerts. La
Fondation finance une large gamme de services au profit dʼhommes et de
femmes, de jeunes, de lʼenfance et de la petite enfance, de minorités et
de familles entières à risque du VIH/SIDA ou qui vivent avec. Depuis sa
création, lʼElton John AIDS Foundation a déboursé plus de 62 millions
de dollars pour financer des projets VIH/SIDA dans 55 pays en Afrique,
Asie, Australie, Europe, et les Amériques.
La revue Le Point est fière et heureuse dʼêtre associée à Oprah
Winfrey et Sir Elton John, pour les Jeux Gais de Chicago 2006,
organisés par la Fédération Internationale des Jeux Gais et dans la
lutte et la prévention contre le SIDA. Suivez les jeux sur Internet au
h t t p : / / www. c h i c a g o 2 0 0 6 . o r g /