Having an appendectomy performed is something of a minor medical rite of passage for many people, but for Elton John, having his appendix removed also seems to have been a cause for major re-evaluation.
It's been a long time coming, but Elton John's new album, 'The Diving Board,' is almost here. To ease the wait until the record's Sept. 24 due date, John has just released a video for its second single, 'Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight).'
Director Matthew Vaughn has lined up Sir Michael Caine and Colin Firth for his upcoming adaptation of the comic book series 'The Secret Service.' Now he's looking to bring a third British icon, albeit one with considerably less film experience, into the movie: Sir Elton John.
Classic rock is about heavy hooks, power chords and tight harmonies. But it’s also about letting loose and enjoying the good times. And there’s no better time for that than Friday evening, when we pick up our paycheck, punch out of work and enjoy a couple days of much-needed rest and relaxation.
Elton John has postponed all summer tour dates after an illness that came on during his recent European tour turned out to be much more serious. The singer is undergoing treatment and surgery for appendicitis, but says he'll be back on the road in September.
It's taken a few detours along the way -- including a surprise release delay that prompted the addition of some new songs -- but Elton John's new album, 'The Diving Board,' is finally coming out on Sept. 24.
The familiar-sounding piano that opens 'Home Again,' Elton John's first new solo music since 2006's 'The Captain & the Kid' album, instantly recalls the singer's hit material from the '70s, when he was the biggest pop star on the planet. But it's warmer and more worn-in. It's Elton John, all right. But it's Elton John 40 years later, returning to a comfort zone with history behind him.
The last time Elton John released an album, it was a collaborative work with pianist, singer-songwriter and musical hero Leon Russell. It got great reviews and was hailed as a creative comeback for John, whose records have been hit-and-miss since his peak commercial days.
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