Putin phones John for real and the two agree a face-to-face meeting if their schedules allow it. A Kremlin spokesperson says it took some convincing from the Russian side for John to believe it was really Putin who wanted to talk to him.
He (Elton John) was in doubt for a period of time.
Putin tells John he was aware of the prank on Elton John and asked him “not to hold grudges” against the pranksters. Spokesperson:
If their schedules match accordingly, he’s ready to meet and discuss any issue which interests [the musician].
Two Russian comedians, “Vovan” and “Lexus,” admit that they prank called John. In the phone call the pranksters get John to talk about gay rights:
I think the violence toward LGBT people–they don’t feel safe–but this something I don’t really want to talk about over the phone.
They also arrange a November meeting date with the Russian president and agreed to attend a gay pride parade in Moscow. Kremlin spokesperson:
The president has always been open to discuss human rights issues…I would recommend to apologise (to) Elton John, he is a respected and favoured singer here. It was not good to trick him like that.
Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however is never funny. I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands. I will always stand up for those that are being degraded and discriminated against. If this unfortunate incident has helped push this vital issue back into the spotlight, then I am happy to be pranked on this occasion.
A spokesman for Putin says that the Russian President did not speak to John.
I don’t know who spoke to Elton John but President Putin did not speak to him. I don’t know [what happened] but President Putin did not speak to Elton John and most importantly we didn’t receive any proposals to meet. If the president does get such a signal from Elton John, the president has always been open to discuss any… human rights problems, any issues. He is always ready to clarify the real situation.
John says that Putin called him to discuss gay rights in Russia.
Thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today. I look to forward to meeting with you face-to-face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.
In an interview with the BBC while in Ukraine, John says he wants to meet Putin to discuss gay rights. Discussing how Putin has said that gays target children:
Give me a break. You are President of Russia, and you go and say stupid things like that?..I would like to meet [Putin]…It’s probably pie in the sky… He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door, and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried.
John officially marries partner David Furnish at the couple’s Windsor estate on the nine-year anniversary of their civil partnership ceremony. John posts a picture of the couple on their wedding day on Instagram and captions:
That’s the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony! £ShareTheLove DavidFurnish
Elton John shows his support to Pope Francis in an interview with Sky News:
He’s excited me so much by his humanity and taking everything down to the humility of faith…it’s all basically about love and taking everybody in inclusiveness.
Eminem and Elton John perform Stan during the 48th Annual Grammy Awards show to promote Eminem’s album The Marshall Mathers LP.
John tells Larry King Live that he was first asked to sing at Diana’s funeral by Branson:
Well, when I was initially approached to play at the funeral, which is, you know, kind of like a first at one of these state occasions — usually they’re very, they’re very meticulous in what they have as far as music. And it’s usually classical music, and sacred music, which it should be. And the music chosen for her funeral was beautiful. But when I was asked — approached by Richard Branson, if I would be interested in singing at her funeral, I said yes, but what? Should I write something new? Should I — I didn’t know what to do.
This led to the new version of Candle In The Wind:
And having watched the news and seeing the people lining up outside Saint James’ Palace, signing the books of condolence and then writing passages from the original song, Candle in the Wind, we came up with the idea of maybe … writing a completely different lyric, which would — appertaining to her, instead of using the Marilyn Monroe homage, which would have been completely inappropriate, obviously. So we decided to, as quick as we can, or as quick as we could, rewrite Candle in the Wind.
John wins the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album for Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida.
Eminem and John perform Stan at the Grammy Awards from the album The Marshall Mathers Album.
John wins the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Candle In The Wind 1997.
John wins the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Can You Feel The Love Tonight.
John & Taupin are interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about Taupin’s writing for John, what songs are their favorite and what inspires them to create songs. John:
To be honest with you, when you first write a song and you give birth to the song, that gives you chills.
John wins the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for Basque.
John and Taupin are interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. Hall does a skit with John and Taupin where Taupin talks about writing Bennie and The Jets.
I think Elton’s got a lot to do with that, I mean it’s a fifty-fifty deal.
John is interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. John performs Sacrifice and Sad Song then is talks to Hall about his love of collecting thing and his costumes.
I have a house in England and I collect things all my life, trashy things, good things, whatever and it just came to the point where no one could just come down to the house and sit and have coffee without falling over things on the floor.
Warwick, John, Knight, and Wonder wins the Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for That’s What Friends Are For.