Elton John

Oldies But Goldies: Two Elton John Reviews, 2011 and 2013

By Iman Lababedi | January 30, 2016

Worst show ever in 2011, redeemed in 2013

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 2-5-16 – 2-11-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 30, 2016

The four songs I’ve heard off Wonderful Crazy Night are the equal or even better than “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

Going Steady: New Singles 1-8-16 – 1-14-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2016

The genius has left him but the reflexes are still good

Real Estate Of The Pop And Rock Stars

By Alyson Camus | January 4, 2016

Curbed LA has all the real estate stories of the year, and if you only consider those about pop and rock stars, all I can say is that there’s a lot of money in this town!

Trump Is Blasting Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ At His Rallies

By Alyson Camus | November 27, 2015

As for Adele, several sites report that Trump attended her concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York last Tuesday night. He even cut past a line of concert-goers waiting to get into the venue

10 Songs: Monday, October 26th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2015

Hand it to Elton, all these years later he can summon the ghosts of rock and roll from the 1980s, and spell out an old fashioned piano stomper just like the old days -or maybe I mean almost: the rockabilly touch he’d have done more with forty years ago, and it could land higher. But that’s nitpicking, if you love Elton, you’ll love this – B+

ROCK OF THE DUPLEXES: Elton John, Caleb Quaye And Me

By Jack Phillips | October 25, 2015

I’m going to perform all of that material in a two part set at The Duplex on Nov. 5th in time for my birthday at the stroke of midnight. And Caleb has been kind enough to come to New York to play guitar during the first set

Elton John Wants To Discuss Gay Rights In Russia With Putin

By Alyson Camus | September 14, 2015

While speaking to BBC News, John said ‘I would like to meet [Mr Putin],’ ‘It’s probably pie in the sky… He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door, and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried.’ At least he is realistic! ‘Give me a break,’ said Elton John. “You are President of Russia, and you go and say stupid things like that?’ I guess he is preparing himself when he has the big meeting with the president whose anti-gay attitude is ‘isolating and prejudiced’ and ‘ridiculous’ according to John.

Elton John Asks For A Boycott Of Dolce & Gabbana

By Alyson Camus | March 18, 2015

“‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic”. And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.”

10 Songs: Monday, January 19th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2015

This thing has legs, it will go on and on and though, like Robert Christgau, “I don’t like its affected offhandedness”, it is the standard that standards adhere to the 1960s – 1970s heyday of rock and roll. Brought low by disco of course, and buried by rap and its bride Hop Hop, a couple of years later but here it shines through, piano and strings intact – A+

Dr. Dre Made $20 A Second In 2014!

By Alyson Camus | January 14, 2015

Rappers are still going strong even those I haven’t heard anything from for a long time, like Diddy ($60 million and $1.90 per second)! Beside this you have Calvin Harris ($66 million and $2.09 per second), Jay Z ($60 million and $1.90 per second), and Drake ($33 million and $1.05 per second)

The Nostalgia Machine Website Brings You Way Back

By Alyson Camus | July 28, 2014

I often realized I didn’t remember half of the songs! But obviously the more I advanced in time, the more songs were very familiar. What was successful in 1976? ‘Silly Love Songs’, Wings, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, Elton John & Kiki Dee, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen, ‘Golden Years’, David Bowie and so many others

Elton Johns Biopic, In The Works

By Helen Bach | July 26, 2014

Lee Hall, whose previous work includes the mega hit Billy Elliot, is the writer of Rocketman and had tons to say to the BBC “I’ve been working on it with Elton for long time. It’s an absolutely huge, crazy technicolor affair,

Stick a Fork In Him: Elton Johns Is Done

By Helen Bach | July 19, 2014

The 67-year-old, who has sold nearly 250 million albums worldwide during his career of over 40 years has claimed it was the end in the past. We have to hope this time he means it.

When Elton John Met Morecambe And Wise

By Nisrine Hammour | May 15, 2014

Narked, cold and fed up, I cheered myself up with the thoughts of Morecambe and Wise DVD night but which of the many to watch I wondered. well that decision was made for my by my uncle who had only come all the way from America and watched the Elton John m&w skit with me!

Tom Hardy Is Elton John!

By Iman Lababedi | April 26, 2014

In what seems to be something like a vanity project, do you do it at all? Plus, will Elton deal with sobriety robbing him of so much of his creative gifts on Rocketman? And when, in what part of his life exactly, did John resemble Hardy?

10 Songs, Friday, March 28th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 28, 2014

Every song these guys play sound the same as the one before em because every song gives it up to lead singer Damian Abraham. For good reason, and this is a fine song though it sure ain’t as good as “The Recursive Girl”. Not close – B+

Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary/Super Deluxe Edition" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 26, 2014

So if you are in the market for four takes on “Candle In The Wind” and, astoundingly enough, four versions of “Grey Seal” on and on and only the non-LP B Sides worth your while and not many of them , this is the album for you. A stupendous horrendous bore

Elton John, American Airlines Center, Dallas, Thursday, March 13, 2014, Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | March 15, 2014

Long show, VERY long show. Not particularly good. Elton’s vocal range has narrowed like many performers on the wrong side of 60, and when performing 1970s pop music, vocals matter. He alternated between barking out lyrics on rockers and croaking like a besotted frog on the ballad

The Saddest Songs Ever!!!

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2013

let’s say, you are one of the lucky ones, well, it doesn’t matter because if you have nothing to be sad about, devastated about, your brain won’t let you rest. You’ll make one up. Yes, and if it gets really really bad and it can, it will, it does, it can leave you an emotional and physical wreck, insane with grief, you can die, you can be alone, you can kill yourself. Life doesn’t care.

Not With The Band: Should Performers Boycott Homophobic Russia?

By Alyson Camus | December 17, 2013

We have our homophobic idiots at home, but imagine an actor saying this publicly? He would certainly be under fire beyond recovery, since we aren’t talking about Alec Baldwin screaming his usual faggot slur at paparazzi.

Hear ye: What rock nyc is listening to 12-7-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 7, 2013

Explosions – Chanel West Coast – Probably the best song off her mix tape, the beats are awesome, little explosions in the middle of the song, a systematic banging and her tone is agressive enoough for chick hop – B+

Hear Ye: what rock nyc is listening to 12-6-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2013

Glitter And Gold – Rebecca Ferguson – If you don’t include 1D, Rebecca is the best chance at an artistically valid TV song contest celebrity since Kelly Clarkson, and if that seems gerrymandering for the singer, give this ballad a listen – B+

Elton John At Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2013

I don’t think John can help himself; fronting a full swing full scale rock and roll band, he has no problem pounding the drums into submission. It is such hard work with all sense of fun or camp for that matter, long time gone, that it is a storm warning: why feel if you can over feel.

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks Week of 12-2-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2013

Right about now it is always touch and go with Elton John on stage, last time round he promised a greatest hits package and it sucked what there was of it anyway since half of the sucker was that crap album with Leon Russel. What a ripoff. So why am I going again on Wednesday, December 4th, 2014: well, Elton is playing a lot off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Annotated Elton John Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

With 9 songs off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the first three nearly mirroring the first three on the classic double album, not only did Jack Phillips get it right here but my own anticipation level for the December 4th, 2013 is through the roof if not further.

Hear Ye On Spotify: What rock nyc is listening to 11-26-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

The Book Of Love – The Magnetic Fields – From their greatest album 69 Love Songs, this is a flat out masterpiece but the singing is a little iffy – A

Elton John's Philadelphia Concert Reviewed… In Advance!

By Jack Phillips | November 24, 2013

We go to see how fabulous he is, and collectively we all wonder to the strains of “Funeral For A Friend,” — “what’s he going to wear?” And then he materializes from within a puff of smoke as tiny crystals from his clothes and glasses send sparkles of light throughout the arena. Quite simply, he is marvelous.

Best Songs Through October 31st, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2013

As Fast As My Feet – Linda Thompson – A pop song but an old fashioned one that walks on its title melodic hook all the way there, with a sound not folk but folk-rock and of course, Linda’s gorgeous voice.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-10-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2013

Kiki deserved more than one hit but if she was gonna have only one hit this was the one to have, a chart bursting rush of Adult pop that rushed the brightest colors of glam into a pure sensibility – A

Hear Ye: what rock nyc is listening to 10-4-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2013

Knockdown Dragout – Sammy Hagar – Along with Kid Rock and Joe Satriani, and I know it should suck but this thing is bursting at the seams with riffs and shout outs – B+

That Was The Week Of September 23rd, 2013, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2013

Elton John releases his best album in a long long long time, and Drake and Kings Of Leon keep on doing what they always do, with no small amount of success. Bassist Kevin Jenkins drops a real good soul album and Icona Pop owed us more than five new songs. But we will take it.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-30-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2013

Still Into You – Paramore – Perhaps their finest song, an astounding, very addictive piece of power pop that held their pretty damn good anyway current album together – A

rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of 9-23-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

Except for Nirvana, every song here was released in the past week or two, and of all ten songs 6 are mainstream as mainstream can be, so what this proves is that bubbling under the surface of Billboard charts

Will He Kill It? Elton John To MSG December 2013

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2013

I’m guessing it won’t be good but I am hoping it will be ordinary, not slit yr wrists awful. Hell, if he can still write a good song from time to time anything is possible.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-27-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2013

Girl Josephine – Fats Domino – It was always feels like of all the first graduates of rock and roll, Fats gets relegated to the also rans. Here is proof again he was anything but, just wait for the horn on the bridge – A