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October 2, 1989 | By Jim Gladstone, Special to The Inquirer
In this season of trumpeted comebacks and superstar reunions, let us not forget the consistent craftsman. Rather than celebrating himself on the occasion of his 20th year of hit-making, Elton John (his debut LP was released in October 1969) has simply done his usual; popped out a solid (though unspectacular) album and rolled off on yet another world tour. "Let me apologize for dragging you out on a Sunday evening instead of a Friday," the gentleman rocker told a sold-out Spectrum crowd last night - the fans had held tickets for a Friday night show that was postponed when John called in sick.
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March 17, 1992 | By Curt Schleier, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
ELTON JOHN Nonfiction. By Philip Norman Harmony. $22.50 Philip Norman's masterful biography, Elton John, is a refreshing breeze amid the stench that has lately passed for celebrity bios. It is exhaustively researched without being exhausting to read. It's written by a fan who is anything but obsequious. And more to the point, it's not - despite the potential - sensational. Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in March 1947, Elton John grew up in an unhappy home. His parents eventually divorced.
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December 1, 1988 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
Elton John, the enduring British singer/pianist/songwriter, guests at 11 tonight on "In the Studio," a series heard Thursday nights on WMMR (FM/ 93.3). John talks about the making of 1973's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," one of his most successful albums. Also at 11 tonight, David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, does some frank talking with Larry King on WIP (AM/610). Crosby, a drug abuser for many years, says he has kicked the habit. He discusses his years on narcotics in "Long Time Gone," his autobiography.
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March 28, 2011 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Elton John billed his tour that came to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night as "Greatest Hits Live. " But that claim was only partly true. From 1970 to 1996, Sir Elton charted Top 40 hits every year, but the three-hour set drew almost exclusively from the first five of those years. The only exceptions: "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" and "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" from the early '80s and eight songs with Leon Russell from last year's The Union . The Union is a surprisingly strong album that allowed John to refract his star power onto one of his musical heroes, and Russell deserves rediscovery.
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October 3, 1995 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire sevices, The New York Daily News, New York Post and USA Today contributed to this report
Elton John has signed on for his next Disney project, creating a soundtrack for a cartoon version of the classic opera "Aida. " Now, you might think "Aida" already has a perfectly serviceable soundtrack. The 1871 score is by Giuseppe Verdi, who was no slouch in the music department. But Elton, heady with the success of his Oscar-winning "Lion King" score, is apparently up for a challenge. When Disney approached him to work on a post-"Lion King" cartoon, he said, "I don't know how I am going to follow that up, give me something else, give me something dangerous," he recalled yesterday.
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September 3, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
It's a busy week for rock music in Philadelphia. Over the next few days, rock fans can choose from performances to be given by such luminaries as Steve Winwood, Eurythmics and former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty. And last night, Elton John kicked off all of this rock-and-roll activity with a sold-out show at the Spectrum. John's performance offered the spectacle of a veteran star at ease with himself. Of all the rockers to become superstars during the 1970s, Elton John was always the most fun, the one who took himself least seriously.
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January 2, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Rock singer Elton John, who had throat problems on his recent tour here, will undergo throat surgery and has canceled all 1987 performances, including a U.S. tour, his publicist said yesterday. Patti Mostyn said that beginning Monday the 40-year-old British entertainer will spend three to four days in a private Australian hospital for the operation by one of the country's top throat specialists. "I am relieved something positive is being done at last," John told reporters in Perth, where he has been watching the English cricket team play.
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September 25, 1998 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
Tantrums. Tiaras. Weight gain. Dead friends. Dead follicles. Disney. Normal men would be felled by these elements, their careers snuffed out like a candle in the . . . you get the picture. Not Elton John. The guy's a knight, a musical institution, a public corporation. But in three hours and 25 songs at the First Union Center on Wednesday, Sir Elton was nearly done in. Throughout a career built on detailed Americana - country and western, honky-tonk, and rhythm and blues, all flush with SoCal harmonies - John's musical instincts have been elegant and incisive.
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September 24, 1992 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
Band after band appears in Philadelphia, dutifully playing songs from their new albums in performances that are more promotional than emotional. But not Elton John. In a highly charged performance Tuesday, on the first of two sold-out nights at the Spectrum, the famed rock singer, pianist and composer threw himself into the music. John has not invented any musical styles, and even fans will admit he was handed some silly lyrics by longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. But John shows such reverence for the styles he imitates that even renderings of "Daniel," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fightin' " and, of course, "Philadelphia Freedom" - songs that have become part of the fabric of pop culture - were exhilarating.
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August 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elton John at war with Venice British singer and man about the world  Elton John  is at war with the mayor of Venice, Italy, where Sir Elton lives with hub  David Furnish  and their two sons,  Zachary  and  Elijah . Mayor  Luigi Brugnaro  angered the singer when Brugnaro pressured preschools in town to take away images and books that depict same-sex couples. Sir Elton says in an Instagram posting the mayor has "stupidly chosen to politicise children's books.
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July 11, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fred Siegel says he decided to become a magician when he saw "a girl turn into a gorilla at Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City when I was 8 years old. " That would do it for anybody. Siegel brings his show Fred's Magic World , a retro mix of prestidigitation, comedy, and - it says here - some "spooky parts" (maybe leave the littlest ones home), to Act II Playhouse. The show also stars mentalists the Rosen Sisters and Shakespearean escapologist Eric Van Wie, who plays everybody else necessary.
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March 20, 2015 | Inquirer Staff
Sam Smith sheds surplusage These days, we know all about the stars. I mean all . As in, what they weigh today compared with last Thursday. Sweet-voiced Sam Smith , multi-Grammy-winner, has become famous for his stylish corpulence. He now says he has lost 14 pounds in 14 days. He's become a devotee of Amelia Freer 's healthy-stuff book, Eat. Nourish. Glow ., which you and I don't need, of course. He says it has "transformed" his "relationship with food. " Lookin' good, too.   Kate lets kat outta the bag   AYK, the U.K. Royals do not give media interviews.
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March 17, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE ISN'T SURE if this battle should be considered internecine or intergayscene, but Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana , whose high-end fashions were brought to the mainstream by "Sex and the City," have ticked off Sir Elton John . Sir Elton has called for a boycott of the designers after they criticized gay adoption and gay parents having children via in vitro fertilization. In an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama , D&G labeled babies born via IVF as "synthetic children.
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December 24, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Kasem laid to rest Renowned DJ Casey Kasem finally was buried at a small ceremony last Tuesday in Norway, six months after he died in June, reveals TMZ. The fate of Kasem's body was for months the subject of a bitter dispute among his wife, Jean , and some of his children, including his daughter, Kerri . Jean took Kasem to Norway against Kerri's wishes. Authorities in Los Angeles continue to investigate Jean on allegations of elder abuse.   Kim, Kanye are ad costars Kim Kardashian and her man, Kanye West , have, for the first time ever, costarred in a print ad campaign.
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April 1, 2014
THE MAN who once proclaimed "Saturday night's alright for fighting" may soon learn what longtime marrieds already know - the other six days of the week can accommodate a dustup just as well. Elton John and his life partner of 21 years, David Furnish , will set sail on the sea of holy matrimony in May. It's a move prompted by last summer's legalization of same-sex marriage in England. "We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally," Furnish told the Las Vegas Review Journal . "But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation.
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March 20, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mick Jagger on Scott Mick Jagger said Tuesday that he had yet to absorb the shocking news that his gf of 10 years, L'Wren Scott , died Monday in an apparent suicide. "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," the rock superstar wrote on Facebook. "We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. " Scott, a fashion designer who also designed costumes for films such as Ocean's Thirteen and Eyes Wide Shut , began seeing Jagger in 2001.
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December 1, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Elton John has been a lot of things to a lot of people: a Brit with a Southern Gothic lean, a garishly appointed Liberace-like entertainer, a Disney shill, one of pop's first "out" personalities. One thing younger Philadelphians might not know is that John has several time-honored connections to the area, something he acknowledged during Wednesday's show at Wells Fargo Center. Wearing a sparkly blue tux, sitting at his piano beneath a glittering chandelier, John mentioned his multitude of Philly gigs since 1970 and longtime relationships with local companies (like Clair Bros., the audio outfitters)
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November 9, 2012
NEW YORK - Madison Square Garden will hold a special concert next month to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. No performers have been announced for the Dec. 12 event, dubbed "12-12-12. " In a news release Thursday, Madison Square Garden said more details would be available in the coming days. Proceeds will benefit those affected by Sandy in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area through the Robin Hood Relief Fund. The event is being produced by those behind the 9/11 benefit "The Concert for New York City," which featured Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, The Who and Elton John.
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October 20, 2012 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles has no qualms about borrowing from the past. Over the course of three albums, his band, originally from Glen Rock, N.J., has combined punk-rock brio with historical, literary, and philosophical allusions. On 2010's The Monitor , Titus Andronicus conflated Civil War references and Abraham Lincoln quotations with the saga of a modern-day young adult in the middle of an existential crisis. On "In a Big City" from the album Local Business , which comes out Monday, a day before the band plays the First Unitarian Church, Stickles drops a line from Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy into a song that blatantly alludes to the '80s hit "In a Big Country.
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