Elton John has come out to defend Ellen DeGeneres, who’s been catching some flack for sitting next to former-President George W. Bush at a recent Dallas Cowboys game and admitting the pair are friends. Elton told NPR: “I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said. George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes. People need to come together. They need to respect people’s view on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.” (Rolling Stone)
In his upcoming biography,Me, Elton John slams one-time friend and Tommy co-star, Tina Turner. Elton recalls how the pair fell out prior to linking up for a joint 1997 tour. Elton wrote: “The subsequent debate about whether I knew how to play ‘Proud Mary’ became quite heated, before I brought it to a conclusion by telling Tina Turner to stick her f***ing song up her arse and stormed off. I’ve thrown plenty of tantrums in my time, but there are limits: There’s an unspoken rule that musicians don’t treat their fellow musicians like s***.”
Elton went on to say, “She didn’t like my hair, she didn’t like the color of my piano and she didn’t like my clothes. (She told me) You wear too much Versace, and it makes you look fat — you have to wear Armani.” (Yahoo! Entertainment)
Elton John’s memoir, titled Me, is set for publication on October 15th, and was co-written by with music journalist Alexis Petridis.
Rod Stewart‘s wife Penny Lancaster revealed that the legendary rocker had undergone a “three month intensive course of radiation” therapy to treat his prostate cancer. Last month during a benefit gig in which Rod reunited with the Faces, he revealed the prostate cancer scare. Now, Penny shed light on the seriousness of the diagnosis, with “doctors discovering that the tumor had moved outside his prostate gland and so removing it wouldn’t cure him.” Rod underwent three months of radiation and was given a clean bill of health back in July. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are blowing away even the Who‘s staunchest critics with the level of the band’s current shows. Daltrey spoke frankly about life on the road at 75, explaining, “I hate the touring. I hate the traveling, the schlepping, the hotels. But once you get on the stage, it’s all worth it. There’s something about the music, and for me, because Keith (Moon) and John (Entwistle) passed so early, Keith especially . . . once the music starts, John and Keith are back with me. It’s wonderful.” (Daily Star)
Coming to theaters for one night only — on October 22nd — is Neil Young‘s latest movie, titled Mountaintop. The film chronicles the recording of the first Crazy Horse album in seven years, Colorado. According to the film’s announcement, Mountaintop takes “A raw and extremely unfiltered look at the process of Neil Young with Crazy Horse making their 1st album in 7 years. Witness the laughter, tensions, crusty attitudes & love of a rock & roll band that’s been together for 50 years as they share their passion, first and foremost. . . for the music.” For theaters and times, log on to: mountaintopthemovie.com. (JamBase)
He may have just wrapped his farewell tour — but Peter Frampton has one more show on the books. Frampton will close out his year on November 9th in Northbrook, Illinois at North Shore Center for Performing Arts for the Keshnet Annual Concert. The show will raise money for children and adults with intellectual challenges in the Chicago area. For more information, log on to keshet.org/about-us.
Beach Boys driving force Brian Wilson will join Professor David Leaf at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall following never-before-seen footage of ‘Smile’ Live at Royal Festival Hall. The film was shot by Leaf at the legendary London venue in February 2004 when Wilson and his band premiered Wilson’s finally completed 1967 song-cycle. To donate to the Brian Wilson Scholarship Fund and gain access to this event, log on to: http://ow.ly/olbx50wG84Y