Elton John's upcoming tour stops in Russia are still a few months away, but the controversy surrounding his arrival already appears to be reaching a fever pitch. Already under fire from a Russian parents' group that's calling for the concerts to be canceled because of his sexual orientation, John is now being called "the devil's work" by a leader of one of the country's Islamist sects.
What's left for Elton John to prove? The guy is a knight of the round table. He's sold approximately six gajillion records. He's got a live residency in Las Vegas. Hell, he's even paid tribute to Liberace on the Emmys!
Hollywood's best and brightest gathered in Los Angeles last night (Sept. 21) to celebrate the year's finest achievements in television at the 2013 Emmy Awards -- and there was even a little room for some classic rock during the top-rated ceremony too.
Roger Pope was one of Elton John's early bandmates, playing drums on the piano man's early demos and later going on to tour and recording six albums with him. The Whitestable, U.K., native died on Sept. 17 at the age of 66.
Elton John recently had an appendectomy that forced him to postpone much of his summer tour. But since his new album 'The Diving Board' will be released later this month, the legendary singer-songwriter didn't want to go totally silent. So he'll make his first appearance ever at the Emmy Awards in a couple of weeks.
Elton John has earned a ton of money -- and he's bought a ton of things with it. In fact, back in September of 1988, he had so many possessions crowding his four-story English mansion that he decided to sell off 2,000 of them in a massive four-day auction at Sotheby's in London.
They've known one another for years and even worked together on occasion, but Rod Stewart and Elton John's long friendship has never led to a full-fledged tour -- something Stewart would like to rectify before it's too late.
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