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Just Announced: Elton John will bid Philly goodbye in ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour

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At a New York press conference with Anderson Cooper this morning, the Sir Elton John announced his retirement from touring. But don’t worry, not just yet. You can still say your goodbyes to the music legend’s live show as he’s soon embarking on a whopping 300-show run, dubbed the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.

In a live-streamed video from the conference, John explains his reasoning to stop touring. He states, “My priorities have changed in my life. Ten years ago, if you’d have said I’m gonna stop touring, I’d have said, ‘No no, I’m a working musician. I always play.’ But we had children and that changed our lives.” Continue reading →

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This Day in Music History: Elton John & Bernie Taupin sign their first contract, Alice in Chains release their self-titled album

Alice in Chains

1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.

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Photos: Elton John headlined Wells Fargo Center on Thanksgiving eve

Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Legendary piano man Elton John headlined Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night in support of his 31st album, The Diving Board. Playing a scaled-back set with string accompaniment, Sir Elton worked through a selection of songs from across his catalog; check out a photo gallery below and read the setlist after the jump.

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Download: My Morning Jacket cover George Harrison, Elton John and Wham! (XPN Welcomes MMJ Friday night to The Mann w/ Band Of Horses)


My Morning Jacket play The Mann this Friday, August 17th with Band Of Horses. MMJ lead singer Jim James knows his stuff when it comes to doing cover songs and below we offer up a few songs that the band performed at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville this past July. Below, download MMY covering George Harrison with Dean Wareham, Elton John and Wham!. If you want to dig deeper in to more MMJ covers, go here to the music blog You Ain’t No Picasso. And don’t forget – tonight at midnight is the deadline to enter in to the contest to go record shopping with Jim James at Main Street Music, to see a sound check with the band and for a pair of tickets to the show. Go here for more information and to enter the contest.

Go here to purchase tickets to this Friday’s MMJ/Band Of Horses show at the Mann.