Elton John Tickets - Don't Miss His Live Show
Elton John is beginning to celebrate his influence on yet another decade
, and this time around John will donate a selection of his outlandish outfits and accessories at the Covent Garden mid-December for charity. Prada, Dior, D&G, Jean Paul Gaultier and more were all in attendance as well as the new unique and original designs by John's longtime friend Gianni Versace.
Shoppers eager to get their hands on the garments stood in line for hours waiting for the venue to open, sharing details and memories of the star couple. "Out of the Closet 2009" sold sunglasses, belts, bags and clothes ranging in prices from 10 to nearly 2,000GBP. Some of his never-before worn ensembles were priced low, while stage costumes were being bid behind sealed doors.
Elton himself chose the thousands of items for the auction with partner David Furnish and kept the shop open for a week, donating everything to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The fifth event (last year's Britain showcase sold 15,000 items and raised 400,000GBP for John's foundation) was yet another success. If you want to see more of John's charity events and endeavors, get Elton John tickets online.
John is currently touring with Billy Joel for Face 2 Face, but his efforts with "Out of the Closet" and with the failed Ukrainian adoption have been gaining him headlines outside the World Tour. Just a few months earlier John and his partner Furnish (two decades younger than Elton) attempted to bring home two brothers from the Ukraine; the 17-month Lev and his three-year-old brother Artyom were not able to move from the orphanage to John's home because the men's civil partnership isn't recognized under Ukrainian law, and apparently the 62-year-old "Rocket Man" is too old.
"We were upset not to be allowed to adopt but we'll fight and work with the Ukrainian government to change the law so that HIV positive children can be adopted. We'll be like uncles. They can visit us on holidays," Furnish said on John's website.
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947; he picked up on the piano early and eventually earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at 11, where after six years he moved into the music industry. After working a few years with the band Bluesology (where he claimed his name from a meld of the names of former bandmates Elton Dean and John Baldy), he signed on to become a songwriter for Dick James and wrote pop songs for many stars.
John's sophomore eponymous album in 1970 was the first to head to the States thanks to the single "Your Song" and a powerful performance at Los Angeles Troubadour. The '70s was his strongest decade with Taupin's help, dolling out hit after hit like "Bennie and the Jets," "Crocodile Rock" and more. Late in the decade John admitted for the first time that he wasn't totally straight to Rolling Stone, and fans reacted negatively to the news that would later become a cover-up for his true sexuality. His music recovered, and he has managed to continue performing, recording new hits and entrancing audiences ever since.
by: Brent Warnken