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Quick Takes On Elton John, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, & Van Morrison

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The Broadway audience of Disney’s The Lion King got an extra bonus when Elton John took the stage on Sunday night (November 5th) to perform “Circle Of Life.” Elton was on hand at Minskoff Theatre to celebrate the stage run’s 20th anniversary. Elton and lyricist Tim Rice wrote the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning score to the original 1994 movie version, which was adapted for the stage. (ABC News)

On Monday (November 6th), Elton John was awarded the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award from Harvard University for his ongoing efforts to raise money and awareness to combat HIV and AIDS. Elton told the Cambridge, Massachusetts crowd, “I’ve seen the power of the human spirit translated into compassion and extraordinary global progress. This has been the most important lesson of my life. Nothing is more profound or more powerful than recognizing our common humanity.” (The Daily Mail)

Billy Joel has reportedly earned a whopping $35 million between June 2016 and June 2017. According to Forbes, “Much of his earnings came from his concert series, bolstered by ticket and merchandise sales.” Back in 2010 the magazine estimated the “Piano Man’s” net worth to be around $160 million, but Billy told biographer Fred Schruers the figure was, quote, “north of that.”

On October 22nd Billy and fourth wife, Alexis Roderick, welcomed Billy’s third daughter. Remy Anne Joel was born at Manhattan’s New York University Hospital, weighing seven pounds, three ounces. The couple has one older child, two-year-old Della Rose.

On Monday (November 6th), John Fogerty and his band were joined by country star and top guitar slinger Brad Paisley for a 14-song set on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, trading off songs from each of their catalogues. Rolling Stone reported the performance played especially in honor of Veterans Day, “was held in front of the Battleship USS Iowa, with an audience dominated by active and retired military personnel.”

Elvis Costello has written and recorded “You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way,” the theme song to the upcoming romantic comedy, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, which opens on December 15th and stars Jamie Bell and Annette Benning. Costello was quoted talking about the song, which will be released on Friday (November 10th), saying, “‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’ is a song dealing with two people who have a lot of secrets. They were in a relationship and perhaps had difficulty seeing each other as they really were. All lovers have secrets. One lover has some vanity but also a lot of vulnerability. The title really came from that. It could refer to a seductive gaze but also a plea not to be judged.” (

Coming on December 1st is Van Morrison latest album, titled Versatile — which comes only two months after Van’s last album, Roll With The Punches. The upcoming Versatile features six original songs, along with covers of such evergreens as “Let’s Get Lost,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and others. (Uncut)

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