March 4, 2004 |
Don't start shopping for a wedding gift for Elton John just yet. The singer said that, while he supports same-sex marriage, reports are untrue that he plans to wed his longtime partner, David Furnish. "David and I are in favor of gay marriage but have no plans to get married," John said in a statement Wednesday. From Associated Press
May 25, 2006 |
Elton John accepted $188,000 in libel damages from a British newspaper Wednesday over allegations that he had asked guests not to approach him at a charity ball. Associated Newspapers Ltd., which publishes the Daily Mail, paid the damages, according to John's attorney, Hanna Basha. The Sunday Times, which reprinted the Mail article, agreed on a confidential settlement earlier this year, Basha said.
January 6, 1987 |
British rock star Elton John underwent exploratory surgery today to discover the cause of a throat ailment that forced him to interrupt a concert tour but doctors said results will not be know for several days. "Mr. John is resting comfortably," a spokeswoman for St. Vincent's Private Hospital said. "The surgery was successful and went well and Mr. John has recovered well."
February 22, 2006 |
Celine Dion and Elton John sang together for the first time at a Las Vegas benefit to raise money for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. workers affected by last year's hurricanes. The pair, who sang duets of "Sorry" and "Saturday Night" before a packed Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Monday night, also were joined by Jerry Seinfeld to raise $2.1 million for about 8,000 casino workers in the Gulf Coast region. The money came on top of $4.
September 8, 2006 |
Though he's one of the most successful pop stars in history, Elton John says he's given up on the idea of making hit records now that he's 59. "Our day in the sun has gone, as far as radio play goes," John told an audience in New York City Wednesday night. "And we're OK with that."
January 9, 1987 |
Rock star Elton John was discharged from a Sydney hospital Thursday after being told he doesn't have cancer. The singer's surgeon, Dr. John Tonkin, said a biopsy carried out after the singer's throat operation Tuesday revealed he had a non-malignant lesion. "He is expected to make a full recovery," Tonkin said. The singer's Australian publicist, Patti Mostyn, said John was resting at his hotel and probably would stay in Australia a further six weeks.
July 30, 2005 |
Elton John will take the stage just outside the Colosseum in September, Rome officials said on Friday. The free Sept. 3 concert will take place on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, the large boulevard that leads to the Colosseum and is lined with ancient Roman relics. "I can't wait to meet my fans in Rome for a unique musical happening," John said in a video broadcast during a news conference. "It is so exciting." Last year, a Simon and Garfunkel concert there drew hundreds of thousands of fans.
October 5, 2004 |
It seems Elton John isn't a Madonna fan. Taking the stage at a music awards show Monday in London, John accused the queen of pop of lip-syncing and said he was astonished that she had been nominated for best live act. "Since when has lip-syncing been live?" he said. "Anyone who lip-syncs in public onstage when you pay 75 pounds [$134] to see them should be shot." Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, rejected John's allegations.
September 6, 1988 |
Rock star Elton John, cleaning up his cluttered house, put his $6-million collection of glitz and glamour on the auction block today. The first of a four-day, 2,000-item "garage sale" at Sotheby's featured the flamboyant stage costumes that John, 41, says he is "too old" to wear, among them a silver-sequined Statue of Liberty. His jewelry collection, which one critic described as mixing the tastes of "a conservative duchess and a mid-'30s flapper," also was offered.
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November 12, 2008 |
It was a point I hadn't considered. But just before the Nov. 4 election, a black friend told me his theory: The attitude toward homosexuality and gay marriage won't change dramatically in the African American community until someone comes out of the closet and makes it more socially acceptable. "There's no Elton John or David Geffen in the black community," said my friend, an AIDS-prevention activist. I suspected this had to be wrong, so I began racking my brain to come up with such a person.