Palladia Channel’s Legends Weekend

This weekend Palladia is celebrating some of the biggest names  in music with two full days of concerts and documentaries.

The offerings include 2013′s Brit Icons special with Elton, the first time the music channel is broadcasting the program. It can be seen tomorrow night at 9 p.m. then again at midnight.

Other acts to be featured include Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, the Doors, the Grateful Dead, and Queen.

Judo Stars Joined a Major Music Star at Stoke Park Benefit

Young judo stars showcased their moves as guests arrived at Elton’s recent SportsAid concert at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire on Saturday, June 28.

Olivia Piochota, Freya Harrild and Enrico Atkinson were selected to showcase the sport as SportsAid launched its Elton John Sports Fund

The concert itself raised more than £300,000 by the artist and the fund will support some of Britain’s brightest prospects from more than 50 sports by providing annual awards of £1,000 to help with essential training and competition costs.

 “Thanks to your support,” Elton told 5,000 fans during the show, “We will be able to fund young athletes for the next eight years to help make their dreams come true.”

Rockers Inspire Writer’s Hints on How to be Successful in Business

Many people don’t believe it’s a good idea to emulate a rock star.

Steve Jones, a former DJ who speaks and writes about business strategies, agrees . . . but only in a few instances. They include Axl Rose, because of his ”arrogance” and INXS, for not quitting when their lead singer died.

On the other hand, in his new book Start You Up, the Halifax resident  commends those who have taken chances, which is what Elton and Eminem did at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

The rapper had written lyrics which were considered homophobic, although the openly gay Elton had no qualms about their collaboration.

Jones points out how a number of entertainers have triumphed over adversity, with Nikki Sixx overcoming his heroin addiction and Rick Allen thriving as a one-armed drummer after his car accident.

Some non-rock stars are discussed as well, including Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson and Jones himself.

Overall, Start You Up offers career advice in a lively fashion, but is trite in the way Elton’s glasses are cited. And it’s puzzling when the author claims that Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison stood out because of their sideburns: This hardly comes to mind when hearing their names.

”Million Dollar Piano” Home Release is Available at Yamaha’s Web Site

The Million Dollar Piano was filmed in 2012 at Elton’s residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The concerts are the culmination of the star’s decades-long partnership with Yamaha pianos.

On June 30 in the UK and July 1st in America, the Million Dollar Piano is being released on  DVD and Blu-ray. It  features classic Elton tracks from across his extraordinary career performed either with his group, with percussionist Ray Cooper or solo.

While supplies last, the Yamaha Entertainment Group is throwing in a free tee shirt for those who pre-order online.

To view the offer or to make a purchase (orders ship on July 1), visit http://store.yamahaentertainmentgroup.com.

Ben And Elton: Tenn. Festival Wasn’t First Time Folds Covered a ”GBYBR” Song

At the Bonnaroo festival on Sunday night, Elton was joined by Ben Folds on Grey Seal.

This wasn’t the first time the younger entertainer has performed one of Elton’s classics. In 2002, the Ben Folds Live album included a newer version of Tiny Dancer.

What’s more, in 2008, Folds sang This Song Has No Title and Grey Seal at New York’s New Amsterdam Theater. Other artists, including  Rufus Wainwright and Jake Shears, also performed songs from Elton’s 1973 seminal double album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, to help  raise funds for AIDS charities.

Elton is Among Those Discussed in New ”Soul Train” Release

Earlier this year, Elton John World News reviewed Soul Train: The Music,
Dance and Style of a Generation.

Another book about the TV show, which boasted guests from Elton to James
Brown, has now been published.

Nelson George‘s The Hippest Trip in America  is about Soul Train’s impact on
black music and culture. But it points out that the long-running program
also enjoyed a wide crossover audience. Fans included Elton and David
Bowie, both of whom asked to take part.

The book contains a decent enough photo of the former, but being black and
white, it doesn’t showcase Elton’s flashy green bowler hat and matching
suit.

The writer obviously enjoys looking back at Elton’s performance, calling
him a ”dynamic entertainer” who eggs on the dancers to join in and
appearing to be ”electrified by the vibe in the room.”

George isn’t impressed by Bowie, but places some of the blame on Don Cornelius.

Although he admires the host for being an innovator and for just being
”cool,” the author believes Don had an awkward interviewing style.
Indeed, those close to Cornelius say he was a more relaxed and jocular man
than he let on publicly.

AXS TV to Pay Homage to Nine Rock Hall of Famers

AXS TV is to present a colossal Memorial Day concert marathon on Monday, May 26. The unprecedented event features over 15 hours of iconic music from nine of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s most influential inductees.

Elton is featured in the first broadcast.

 At 1 p.m. ET, the marathon kicks off with the MusiCares Person of the Year 2013Bruce Springsteen, as some of the industry’s best and brightest take on the Boss’ biggest hits. Hosted by Jon Stewart, the event includes performances from Elton, Sting, Patti Smith and Neil Young, among others.

Following that, viewers can catch performances from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Kiss, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin and Ringo Starr.

Elton’s Latest BCRF Fund-Raiser

Since its founding by Evelyn Lauder in 1993, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has raised more than $480 million to advance the world’s most promising breast cancer research. The Hot Pink Party alone has raised more than $60 million since its inception in 2001 with this year’s event raising more than $5.4 million.

Evelyn Lauder was a philanthropic force to be reckoned with,” said Elton, who has regularly appeared at the Hot Pink benefit in New York. “She was a dear friend, and I am proud to keep her extraordinary legacy alive by supporting BCRF and its mission to eradicate breast cancer through research.”

Among those in attendance were Josh Groban, Paul Shaffer, Thom Browne, Paula Zahn, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft, and Star Jones.

News About Two Players From Elton And Lee Hall’s Musical

As last year’s winners of the Olivier Audience Award, the only Olivier honor open to long-running shows and voted for by members of the public,  Billy Elliot wasn’t eligible for this year’s award.

However, the team was delighted to be able to present the trophy to this year’s winner, Les Misérables, at a recent ceremony at the Royal Opera House.

Anna-Jane Casey, who currently plays Mrs. Wilkinson, and Bradley Perret who has the role of Billy, joined Elaine Paige on stage at the event to present the award to Nick Allott, who collected the award on behalf of Les Misérables.