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25 Sep, 2015

Putin calls for real

Makes Statement

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].

16 Sep, 2015

Comedians admit prank

Makes Statement

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.

15 Sep, 2015

Kremlin denies call

Makes Statement

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.

Says Putin called

Makes Statement

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.

12 Sep, 2015

Wants to meet Putin over gay rights


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.

21 Dec, 2014

John, Furnish marry


Elton-John-and-David-FurnishJohn 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

29 Jun, 2014

Praises Pope Francis


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.

5 Jan, 2002

Branson asked me to sing at Diana’s funeral

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.

21 Feb, 2001

Wins Grammy


John wins the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album for Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida.

25 Feb, 1998

Wins Grammy


John wins the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Candle In The Wind 1997.

1 Mar, 1995

Wins Grammy


John wins the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Can You Feel The Love Tonight.

19 Jan, 1990

The Arsenio Hall Show performance

Music PerformanceTV Appearance

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.

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