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.
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.
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