Tag Archives: Elton John

The ruins of Detroit captured in beautiful photographs

Detroit has long been a city in trouble but living across the river in Windsor, ON, from 1969 to 1977 left me with a great fondness for the sad old place where I covered political gatherings and peace demonstrations, reviewed … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: Thumbs up for the Concert for Diana

By Ray Bennett By some strange alchemy the disparate elements of the Concert for Diana, ranging from P Diddy to Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Tom Jones to the English National Ballet, and Kanye West to Take That, meshed into a memorable six-hour … Continue reading

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‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ still running after two years

I called Elton John and Lee Hall’s “Billy Elliot: The Musical” irresistible when it opened in March 2005 and so it has proved as the tuneful adaptation of the well-regarded 2000 movie celebrates its second anniversary at London’s Victoria Palace … Continue reading

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Elton John at 60 recalling happy days

By Ray Bennett I can recall when none of my friends wanted to see Elton John, who turns 60 today. It was 1971 and the only Elton John record anyone had heard was the ballad “Your Song.” I was working … Continue reading

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Mark Hollis, Stevie Winwood win BMI London honours

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Mark Hollis’s “It’s My Life”, recorded originally by the band Talk Talk in the 1980s and a recent hit for No Doubt, was named song of the year at the Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) 2005 … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: ‘Live 8’ in Hyde Park

By Ray Bennett LONDON – If you want to end wars and stuff, you’ve gotta sing loud, Arlo Guthrie always said, and several of the finest and best-loved performers around sang loud and well at London’s Live 8 concert on … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Take a clever little film with a universal story, add melodies by a master tunesmith and then find the most brilliant boys and girls who can sing and dance up a storm and you have … Continue reading

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