Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. With his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Elton has written some of the greatest songs of our time including 'Rocket Man', 'Your Song', 'Daniel' and 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. He has achieved 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, has sold more than 250-million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.
Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He has had 56 top forty singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven number one albums in a three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975, a period of concentrated success surpassed only by The Beatles.
Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played more than 3,000 concerts worldwide. He continues to record and to tour the world, performing both solo and band concerts, and usually plays around 100 concerts each year. Currently he is on the ‘quest for 100 countries’ - aiming to play concerts in as many countries as possible.
Elton remains committed to his music and to touring, becoming more, rather than less, busy as time passes. Last year The Million Dollar Piano, Elton’s new production, opened at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. This production, which received fantastic reviews, is set to run for at least three years.
In 2012 Elton returned to the recording studio with producer T Bone Burnett, to record The Diving Board, an album scheduled for release in 2013. He then toured North, Central and South America, before heading to Europe, where his summer tour included an unforgettable appearance at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. 2012 also gave Elton a UK number one album - his first in 22 years - with Good Morning To The Night, the remix project by Elton John versus Pnau. This album introduced Elton’s music to a new, young audience who sang along heartily to 'Your Song' when Elton performed it at a summer festival in Ibiza.
Elton and his band will continue to tour throughout the coming year, and plans are now under way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1973 release of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road during 2013.