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Undoubtedly the most jaw-dropping visual in Rocketman as Egerton suspended in the air while playing the piano, as the audience also levitate off the ground in slow motion. The levitating scene is based on a real life photo of Elton performing his first gig at the Troubadour in West Hollywood in , where he kicks his legs in the air inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis. If you've got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro. Follow Metro. Got a showbiz story?

In just a few easy steps below, you can become an online reviewer. You'll be able to make changes before you submit your review. David Buckley interviewed tons of people, and covered everything thoroughly. It didn't dwell on the unsavory gossip as much as I might have wished , but it was extremely candid nevertheless. I would be very surprised to learn that the author wasn't British, but some of the more obscure Britishisms left me scratching my head.

Whenever he gave chart positions on the songs, he gave both U. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, of all places. I confess that I read this book out of order, like the way F.

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Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby. By that I mean that I began at the height of his fame, then I went back a chapter, then ahead to the next chapter, and so on. I read it in two directions: chronologically and counter-chronologically. I was just kind of impatient to begin with, but once I got into it I found the book to be fascinating and I read right through to the end. Three people very close to him died very tragically as a result of their fame, either by being hunted by paparazzi until she died in a tragic auto accident, or like the designer Versace and John Lennon, killed by twisted killers obsessed with becoming famous by killing a famous person.

Sometimes he has been perhaps too candid about his personal life, and it has cost him some fans. David Buckley's book details all of these events, and also describes a battle Elton had with a British tabloid. The Sun printed some false claims that he attended wild parties and paid for underage rent boys. He filed a law suit for slander and libel against them and won. The source for The Sun story later admitted that he had made the whole thing up just to get money from The Sun, who weren't all that keen on verifying his outrageous claims.

He didn't even know Elton John. Elton's trial went much better than Oscar Wilde's, who when asked if he had paid a certain lad testified, "Oh, no. He is much too plain. He met his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, when they both answered an advertisement by a music publisher looking for song writers. The publisher put them together, and they worked for a long time in London's Tin Pan Alley. Around this time Elton met a young woman who was a pickled onion heiress and he was engaged to her.

Both he and Bernie Taupin lived with the woman. Elton and Bernie shared bunk beds. This woman wanted Elton to give up his musical career and work in a bank. He balked and decided he didn't want to marry the pickled onion heiress after all. Long John told Elton that this marriage would be a huge mistake because she was against his musical career, and also not really his cup of tea. Years later, after Elton had been out of the closet for a long time, he actually did fall in love with a woman and got married. She was a recording engineer from Germany, and they had grown very close; but alas, that didn't really work out.

They were together for a long time. You just can't do that with a piano. The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star. My voice has gotten deeper and it's all down to when I was living in Australia.

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I could speak and only barely sing. Deep down I knew that something was chronically wrong with my voice. It was polyps. The first thing the doctor said to me, "You smoke a lot of dope, don't you? If you're a singer, the worse thing you can do is smoke dope. It's deeper, has more resonance and it's stronger. I used to be a piano player who sang and now I'm a singer who plays piano. I just want to scream. It's a nightmare. Bush [ George W. Bush ] and this administration are the worst thing that's ever happened to America.

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I'm just as angry at Tony Blair. You lied to us, Tony.

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It was like - these idiots think they can get away with anything! I voted for Tony. He's basically a nice guy. What happened?

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Is it because power does that thing to you, that you isolate yourself? It enrages me that people can just smirk their way through it. I like Tony Blair a lot, I think he's a good man.

One government all the time isn't great for a country. I think it's very hard to be in power for a long time, I think you lose touch. Every artist who makes it goes through a period where it seems they're invincible. It just seems like they can't fail. And then suddenly everything levels off. I knew it when it started happening to me. I was really tired, I knew I was peaking. I knew it was time for someone else to take over.

You have to be realistic about these things. I want to bring my songs and melodies to hip-hop beats. It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don't know until you try. I've dodged so many bullets. Not just because of unsafe sex, but because of the amount of drugs I did, the amount of alcohol, the amount of work I was doing. I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion. From my point of view I would ban religion completely.

Organised religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate The world is near escalating to World War Three and where are the leaders of each religion? Why aren't they having a conclave?

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Why aren't they coming together? Instead of more violence why isn't there a meeting of religious leaders? It's like the peace movement in the Sixties. Musicians got through to people by getting out there and doing peace concerts but we don't seem to do them any more. If John Lennon were alive today he'd be leading it with a vengeance. They seem to do their protesting on-line and that's not good enough. You have to get out there and be seen to be vocal, and you've got to do it time and time again. There was a big march in London when Britain decided to join the war against Iraq and Tony Blair is on the record as saying 'the people who march today will have blood on their hands'.

That's returned to bite him on the ass. People come to me and I'm a bit like the Queen Mother. I never get those problems. I don't know what it is with me, people treat me very reverently. It was the same when Dave and I had our civil union - I was expecting the odd flour bomb and there wasn't. Dave and I as a couple seem to be the acceptable face of gayness, and that's great.

I'm going to fight for them whether I do it silently behind the scenes or so vocally that I get locked up. I can't just sit back - it's not in my nature any more. I'm nearly sixty years old after all. I can't sit back and blindly ignore it and I won't. I had pictures of Dusty all over my walls. I have no one to leave the money to.

I'm a single man. I like spending my money. Now you're lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality. And there are more albums released each week now than there were then. I am such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano. Instead, they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes okay but it doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision.

It's just a means to an end.

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We're talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that's not going to happen with people blogging on the Internet. I mean, get out there - communicate. Hopefully, the next movement in music will tear down the Internet. Let's get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging. I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole Internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There's too much technology available.

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I'm sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today. I didn't have sex until I was 23 and that was with a man. I made up for lost time after that in a hurry. I wish I could have had sex when I was, like, 14, 15 or 16 because that's such an exciting age to have sex. There's a lot of Liberace in me and as a gay artist as such, but I am an openly gay man.

A lot of my audience is the same kind of audience that Liberace would have had and they didn't seem to give a shit. I think that's so great. I'm amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some of the people in this country, and I say to hell with them. I love you Hillary, I'll be there for you. Some people don't get hyped enough, people like David Ackles , who could well be hyped as much as I've been. But once you're successful, they're going to try to get as much hype going as possible.

The X Factor is a cruise ship show. I've got nothing against the people who go on - good luck to them. But I hate how they're treated. They're given an awful sense of stardom and pressure straight away but they're only successful until the next series. The record companies sell a lot of records and those people are gone. It's cruel. Will Young is the best thing that's ever come out of those shows. He has proved himself. But it's no way to find talent. I want to hear new songwriters, people who are creating their own stuff, not just singing my songs every week.

I tried to commit suicide one day. It was a very Woody Allen-type suicide. I turned on the gas and left all the windows open. An overview of my career is usually Watford Football Club But the music was pretty phenomenal, you know. Fame attracts lunatics. Two of them shot outside their houses. None of this would have happened if they hadn't been famous. I never had a bodyguard, ever, until Gianni died.