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Elton John collaborates with Yard Act for new version of their song ‘100% Endurance’

Elton John has joined forces with Yard Act for a new studio version of ‘100% Endurance’.The pop legend, who is a fan of the Leeds-based band, has contributed piano to the new version. ‘100% Endurance’ is the latest single released from Yard Act’s debut album ‘The Overload‘, which was released in January.Explaining how the collaboration came about, Yard Act frontperson James Smith said: “Within our camp we have a saying, ‘Mad shit happens when you do art’. It means what it means.

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Watch Phoebe Bridgers, Arlo Parks and Guy Garvey read CBeebies ‘Bedtime Stories’ at Glastonbury
Phoebe Bridgers, Arlo Parks and Guy Garvey are the latest musicians to take part in CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories series, with the trio all reading a tale at Glastonbury over the weekend.They follow fellow artists Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Tom Hardy and Ed Sheeran in appearing on the children’s TV series in recent years.Parks read Once Upon A Rhythm, written by James Carter and illustrated by Valerio Vidali, for her segment, while Bridgers read The Spectacular Suit (written by Kat Patrick and illustrated by Hayley Wells).“It was an absolute pleasure to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story from Glastonbury and bring joy and dreams to young people – what a special moment!” Parks said in a statement about her story, which you can watch here (UK viewers only).A post shared by BBC Radio 6 Music (@bbc6music)Elbow frontman Garvey read his story, A Little Bit Brave (written and illustrated by Nicola Kinnear), to an audience of children.“The first time I did a CBeebies bedtime story it was for the rest of the band’s kids, I didn’t have any of my own. Now I’ve got one and they’ve got more,” Garvey said in a statement.“The book I’ve chosen is a favourite bought for me by my best friend Pete Jobson who also has a couple of munchkins.
Elton John's kids Zachary and Elijah melt hearts at dad's farewell concert at London's Hyde Park
Elton John wowed concert-goers on Friday with a spectacular farewell gig which kicked off the American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2022  concert series - but it was his kids, Zachary, 11, and Elijah, 9, who got the biggest cheer of the night when their dad gave them an emotional shout out in the crowd, and pictures of their little faces were beamed onto the huge screens either side of the stage. RELATED: 10 rare photos of Elton John's childrenStaying up past their bedtimes to watch one of their father's last ever performances in London as part of his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tour, the two little boys melted the hearts of concert goers when the doting father took a moment to thank them for coming along and cheering him from their special VIP seats.  The camera panned across Elton's kids and their school friends (PHOTO CREDIT BST)The Rocket Man paused his performance mid-way to give thanks to the important people behind the show - including his band. But the crowd went wild when he revealed that his two sons were actually watching the gig that evening, and he went on to then name both the boys, and also their school friends who had come along for the event. SEE: Elton John's husband David Furnish melts hearts with incredible video of their sonsMORE: Elton John and David Furnish 'so proud' of sons as they make a surprise appearance with Lady GagaThe big screens on either side of the stage then cut to a video showing the kids waving wildly, wrapped up warm in hoodies, beaming with pride from their exclusive vantage point. A post shared by Elton John AIDS Foundation (@ejaf)Elton is a proud dad to his two boysElton's performance was a real crowd-pleaser, kicking off the BST Hyde Park event in style for 2022.
J.K. Rowling pranked by Russians impersonating Zelensky on Zoom
The Rowling Library, the “Harry Potter” author was fooled by Russian comedy duo Vovan and Lexus, who are known for prank-calling high-profile celebrities.The duo’s past prank victims include Elton John, Boris Johnson, Kamala Harris, Prince Harry, Billie Eilish, Bernie Sanders, and George W. Bush — and it seems as though they can now add Rowling to their star-studded list.The multi-millionaire author — who seemingly didn’t know she was being recorded — was under the impression that Zelensky called to thank her for her charity work in the country.Earlier this year, Rowling announced she would match donations up to $1.2 million after her Lumos Foundation launched an emergency appeal to help vulnerable children and families in Ukraine.Fully thinking she was speaking to the president of the war-torn country, Rowling appeared invested in the conversation as the pranksters asked increasingly bizarre questions throughout the interview. During the increasingly-awkward 12-minute call, the impersonators asked Rowling about her thoughts on imposing sanctions on Russian actor Aleksandr Kuznetsov, who starred in the most recent “Fantastic Beasts” film.“Fantastic Beasts has been a very interesting experience.
Sir Elton John playfully booed by fans in Sunderland for mentioning rival Newcastle
Sir Elton John got some Sunderland fans riled up at his show at the Stadium of Light – for mentioning rivals Newcastle.The Rocket Man star stunned the 30,000-strong crowd on Sunday as he performed tracks from his record-breaking back catalogue of hits.And at his first – and final – show in the North East city, bidding goodbye to live performances as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour – Sir Elton found himself reflecting on the past.As reported by The Sun, the 75-year-old told audiences about his first-ever concert in the North East, at Newcastle’s City Hall in 1971.And at the mere mention of the city, some in the crowd began to boo, leading Sir Elton to play along.Smiling, the Tiny Dancer singer responded: ‘Sorry, I can’t help it!’He explained there was ‘nowhere to play in Sunderland’ at the time, adding again: ‘I couldn’t help it.’Sir Elton, himself a huge football fan, would have been keenly aware of the rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle.He seemed to enjoy the reaction that came with his comment, reciprocating the banter easily.The father-of-two went on to praise fans in the North East, saying he would ‘never forget the love and loyalty and kindness you have shown me over the years.’His Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is finally on the road after being delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic and Sir Elton’s recent health issues, including a hip injury for which he underwent surgery.The star insists he is now in ‘top health’ and ready to bid farewell to his millions of fans across the globe, with a massive concert to be held this week in London.Sir Elton had played over 40 arena dates across North America before jetting off to Europe and the UK, including for some rescheduled dates.Huge sinkhole opens up across
Helen Skelton's poignant post with children after Richie Myler split 'These are the days'
Helen Skelton has shared an insight into a day out with her children after the news of her split from husband Richie Myler.The presenter was all smiles as she posed for the poignant Instagram post with her little ones.Helen, 38, took to instagram to share her joy with her 305,000 followers.The Countryfile star penned the sweet snaps: “Squad [heart emoji] these are the days. “Weekend well spent #family.” (sic)The first picture saw Helen cuddling her six-year-old son Ernie on a sports field.READ MORE: Elton John ‘booed by crowd’ at farewell tour after Newcastle quipThe star wore a black denim jumpsuit with a zip running down the front.Helen accessorised her look with some black wedged sandal heels and some shades.Ernie looked adorable as he was all smiles in a pink and purple shirt and black shorts.The next snap saw the mum-of-three holding her next oldest son Louis, five, in her arms. The photo revealed Helen had also thrown on some silver bangles to compliment her look.The nature-loving presenter also wore her long blonde hair in a natural down-do.Louis looked cute in a black top, matching black shorts and a pair of white trainers.The third picture was of Helen holding tiny six-month-old Elsie Kate. In this photograph, Helen had removed her shades to reveal she was wearing some subtle makeup as she smiled at the camera.Elsie Kate looked like a ray of sunshine in a bright yellow dress. Helen shares her three children with Richie, whom she married in 2013.She took to Instagram on April 26 to announce the end of their marriage just four months after her daughter was born.At the time she wrote: “Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple."He has left the family home."We will be doing our best to co-parent our
EastEnders star Jessie Wallace arrested for alleged attack on police officer outside club
EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace, 50, has been cautioned for an alleged attack in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, this weekend.The BBC star, who has played Kat Slater on and off for two decades, allegedly assaulted a police officer outside Verve nightclub.Jessie has accepted the caution after the alleged attack occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning.The incident is said to have happened at around 2am yesterday, with a police spokesman confirming that a 50-year-old woman was cautioned after being held on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and drunk and disorderly conduct.The Suffolk Police spokesman said: “A 50-year-old woman was arrested early on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer/ drunk and disorderly conduct and was released without charge after receiving a conditional caution.”A source said the star was accompanied by a man when she was held by three officers after becoming abusive, according to the Mirror.READ MORE: Elton John ‘booed by crowd’ at farewell tour after Newcastle quipA MailOnline video clip clearly shows the actress being arrested, with an officer claiming: “You’ve assaulted me.”Express.co.uk have contacted Jessie’s representatives for comment.Jessie’s press representative declined to comment, while her agent is yet to respond.In order to accept a conditional caution, a suspect must sign a document confirming an admission to the offence along with details of what they did.It is not a conviction, but it is used as an alternative to a charge and is recorded on the Police National Computer.It is marked as spent three months after the date of issue but can still be used in any possible future criminal proceedings as evidence of
Great British Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins forced to break silence on ‘coming out’ rumour
Instagram reels yesterday sparked rumours that he had “come out” as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.The Great British Bake Off star issued a clarification today in view of his 251,000 followers. “Clarification of a recent reel,” he wrote.“I am trying to address this with sensitivity and kindness.“I recently posted a reel from my holiday. “Some news sites and comments celebrated this as me coming out, and I can appreciate how this has happened. READ MORE: Elton John ‘booed by crowd’ at farewell tour after Newcastle quip“However, this is not the case. I do not identify as LGBTQ+.“I fully support the LGBTQ+ community and will try to be an ally as best as I can.“Representation within the LGBTQ+ community across society is incredibly important.“This is why I felt the need to clarify in this story.“Written with love, Peter,” the expert baker concluded.Peter’s story post comes after some people interpreted him to have revealed himself to be in a same-sex relationship on Saturday. The star was inundated with supportive messages after sharing snaps of himself and someone many believed to be his partner while on holiday in Morocco.Peter was holding hands with the mystery individual, as the track I Found You by Stephen Sanchez played.In his caption, Peter wrote: “Wanderlust | wun•der•lust (n.) a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel the world. “Collect memories not things.
Elton John to Auction ‘Rocket Man’ NFT Benefitting AIDS Foundation
Thania Garcia Elton John has made his entrance into the world of web3 by partnering with Jadu and Sweet to auction a Rocket Man NFT hoverboard that will let Metaverse avatars fly in style, with all sales benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.In addition to the NFT hoverboard, John will also be releasing a series of access tokens that will unlock a series of fan experiences as part of the Rocket NFT Club.On the partnership, John commented, “Whilst I’m no metaverse expert (!) I wanted to make sure that my first NFT was something true to me, and collaborating with LGBTQ+ artist Voxel Bunny and Jadu on something so unique which benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation for Pride month was the perfect opportunity.” He continued, “Web3 has the potential to bring people from across the world together like never before and I’m excited for the opportunities to connect with my fans in a vibrant and growing community.”Produced by Jadu, the Rocket Man hoverboard is one of the rarest items within the company’s collection, which also includes boards created in collaboration with Grimes and Snoop Dogg. Created by Voxel Bunny, the Rocket Man hoverboard design references a keyboard pinball machine, paying homage to Elton John’s “Pinball Wizard” music video from 1975 and features John’s emblematic star glasses, piano keys and music notes from the song “Rocket Man.”“As a fellow LGTBQ+ artist, it’s hard to put into words the pride I feel paying tribute to Elton John and his legacy which continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of so many,” added Bunny.
Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10 singles, four of which peaked at number two and nine of which reached number one. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary life president of the club.