If there was ever a rock artist born to play Vegas, it's Elton John. On Feb. 13, 2004, he began a long-term residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, with five-nights-a-week performances for adoring fans, vacationing tourists, and high rollers who dropped a couple hundred thou at the poker tables for the privilege of seeing the Rocket Man up close and personal.
Elton John will be the latest rock legend to take the Deluxe Edition plunge that's all the rage these days. His landmark 1973 double LP 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' is going to be reissued in a variety of formats with some bonus material.
Elton John is once again taking on Russia and what he calls its "inhumane" anti-gay laws. After sternly criticizing state officials during a December concert in Moscow, the singer-songwriter has now written a more detailed condemnation, which he's posted on his website.
Very few music lovers are narrow-minded enough to focus strictly on one genre, but we often find it hard to imagine that our favorite artists are open-minded too, so it can be surprising to learn how eclectic their tastes are. Take, for example, the members of Slayer.
We might not hear much rock in the Top 40 these days, but the genre can still pay pretty well if you're lucky enough to have the right audience. Just ask Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi, all of whom cracked Forbes' most recent list of the highest-paid musicians on the planet.
It's easy to complain about singing competition shows like 'American Idol,' 'X Factor' and 'The Voice.' They value karaoke-style singing over performing one's own material, they favor pop flash over personal grit and they've spawned dozens of similar-sounding artists. But when Elton John looks out over the would-be pop stars on TV, he just feels pity.
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