Elton John and Leon Russell will team up with Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp for three shows as part of the T-Bone Burnett’s traveling “Speaking Clock Revue” concert series. The four acts will first share the stage at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA on Saturday October 16th. New York City’s Beacon Theatre will then welcome them in on Wednesday, October 20th before they travel west to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA Sunday, October 24th.
John and Russell have their own itinerary planned in light of their latest collaboration project “The Union.” The Beacon Theatre will play host to the duo when the album hits stores Tuesday, October 19th. They have also reserved dates at the Hollywood Palladium, Citizens Business Bank Arena and U.S. Airways Center from November 3-6. Check back for additional Elton John,Leon Russell tour updates. Tickets are now available!
Yesterday marked the 40-year anniversary from Elton John’s very first US debut, in concert in Los Angeles, fresh off the plane from London. While a momentous anniversary, Elton John has confirmed that he is in no way slowing down the pace of his career now. Collaborating under the production of long-time friend Bernie T Bone Burnett with one of his biggest inspirations, Leon Russell, the duo will be releasing an album, titled The Union, scheduled for release in mid-October. The album features fifteen original songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, together with Leon Russell. Taupin states, “They… cut fifteen songs ranging from Stones-like rockers, country tinged ballads, gospel and even a Sinatra like weepy [track].” Set for release on October 25, The Union marks the culmination of a mutual musical adoration that began in the late 1960s, before Elton’s debut US performance in 1970 at The Troubadour Club in Los Angeles.
The opener and single from The Union, Elton and Leon Russell’s new album, is now available for download as of yesterday. “If It Wasn’t For Bad”, the first track on the album, written by Leon Russell, features vocals by Elton and Leon Russell, and an impressive cast of musicians including Jim Keltner on drums and Booker T. Jones on organ. Recorded in LA earlier this year, The Union features guest musicians including Brian Wilson, Booker T, Don Was and Neil Young. Cameron Crowe has filmed the sessions for a documentary; simultaneously creating a moment of history as the first time that Elton’s progress has been recorded on film. Critics who have had an early preview of the album are united in praise for the work that Elton has described as a “Seventies record with a modern feel.”
The two will hit the stage on the upcoming tour with their own bands, which includes guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Bob Birch, percussionist John Mahon, keyboardist Kim Bullard and drummer Nigel Olsson for Elton with bassist Jack Wessel, guitarist Chris Simmons, drummer Brandon Holder and guitarist Beau Charron supporting Russell. So far the tour only consists of two fall 2010 dates, October 19th at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and November 3rd at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA, but chances are as the release of highly anticipated Union approaches, additional dates will unravel.
Canadian folk legend Leonard Cohen will play his first show in the United States in 15 years this February. After his manager Kelley Lynch allegedly defrauded him of over $6 million, Cohen was forced to go back on the road to make a living. The poet-writer-musician and writer of the immensely popular song “Hallelujah” (which has been covered by every artist from Jeff Buckley to American Idol contestants) has been making a number of appearances to build back up a retirement fund. “Almost everything I had was gone … It produced a sense of urgency” Cohen told Canadian Press. Cohen will be releasing a number of works in the near future, and is quickening his usually slow pace of work. “What it did was not so much influence the writing itself — most of the writing was done. What it did do was promote a kind of swiftness in gathering the material together and presenting it. Usually I’d let things sit around for a few more years, so for better or for worse, they haven’t matured for that long.”
Leonard Cohen will appear at the Beacon Theatre in New York on February 19th, 2009. Leonard Cohen tickets are available now!
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