Friday, April 12, 2024

Elton John Waves a Peace Flag: No War With Madonna, Please


You know things are over the top when I’m defending Madonna. But really, enough. Today some DJ remix guy told a German paper that Madge should retired in 1998. Come on!

Now Sir Elton John is waving the peace flag: I’m told by sources close to the great performer and AIDS activist that this latest brouhaha with Madonna is incorrect and should be set straight. Elton’s remarks about Madonna were not meant for broadcast, and he wasn’t looking to start World War Ten. Madonna and Elton used to be rather friendly, in fact. A source says that Elton actually has favorite Madonna songs. “He thinks ‘Holiday’ is brilliant,” says the source. So whatever he said to that TV interviewer, it wasn’t meant for public consumption. Elton and his people can deal with that on their own. Elton John is a man of peace and love. Just read his new New York Times bestseller, and you’ll see that.

In the middle of all this, a fan pointed me to a side project Elton’s done and you can find on iTunes. He allowed the Australian duo of electronic musicians called Pnau to chop up and remix some of his old records and reassemble them. The result is a very cool set of dance songs called “Elton John vs. Pnau.” The duo mixes in some of my favorite lesser known songs like “Harmony.” “Grey Seal,” “High Flying Bird.” and “Solar Prestige Gammon,” whipped them in a Cuisinart with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” and “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” made a soothing summer treat. Download these tracks, Elton John fans. (I wish Cirque dul Soleil would do an Elton show like their Beatles show.)

As for Madonna, she probably doesn’t care what anyone thinks. But after her disaster with Raising Malawi, and antics with nipples, swastikas, etc she might consider using a crisis counselor to help her navigate this chapter of her unusual life. And really, no Nazi symbolism at Yankee Stadium. That’s my free, and heartfelt, advice.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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