Elton John

Watch: Lorde, Stevie Wonder, Florence Welch, Elton John, Everyone Else Perform “God Only Knows”

In “God Only Knows,” the Beach Boys abandoned the beach to write a  love song that was universally resonant;… Read More

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Bob Gruen’s Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Portraits of John Lennon, Ramones, and Tina Turner

Even the most casual consumers of rock ‘n’ roll iconography have seen Bob Gruen’s iconic images. He’s shot album covers, photographs that ended up as posters and postcards, and portraits that come to be so associated with superstar musicians, they run in their obits. John Lennon’s New York City T-shirt. Led Zeppelin’s plane. That kind of thing. … Read More

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20 Dad-Rock Albums You Should Learn to Love

Dad-rock (n.): 1. (lit.) music played by dads; 2. music made by old white dudes that somehow always ends up on the car stereo and/or being played on the hi-fi at various school friends’ houses. Both these definitions probably leave you with the impression that it’s something to avoid, and while this is often true, it’s not always the case. Apropos of a recent Flavorwire office discussion about modern-day dad-rock, here’s a list of 20 AOR staples that are actually, y’know, good, starting in the golden age of dad-rock (i.e., the ’60s) and stretching through to the present… Read More

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10 Legendary Celebrity Parties

The Miley Cyrus VMA, European Music Awards, feminist, bleached eyebrows, and riding-naked-on-a-wrecking-ball hysteria has overwhelmed the media, and the singer will undoubtedly create new headlines as she celebrates her 21st birthday. Attendees can expect a “sex dungeon” and go-go dancers at tonight’s party, because why the hell not. She’ll also be taking over MTV on Sunday for eight hours of tongue-wagging shenanigans. The celebratory weekend will surely be one in a long line of memorable celebrity shindigs — ten of which we revisited for your amusement, below. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. As predicted, this was the best Thanksgiving box office weekend ever. Was it because the slate of films was a lot better than it usually is, or just the diversity of the the offerings? [via Buzzfeed]

2. That’s one way not to be invited back to China: Elton John dedicated the show… Read More

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Watch an Amusing Montage of Music’s Most Memorable Misheard Lyrics

If like us you’re finding the whole deciding-the-future-of-the-world aspect of today more than a little stressful, you may be in need of a wee bit of comic relief. If so, look no further than this montage of pretty much every memorable mondegreen in the history of music, which we spotted at Laughing Squid earlier this morning. the video finds a group called cdza creating an aural history of memorable misheard lyrics, from Carl Orff right through to Pink, via Elton John, Bob Dylan and various others. You can click through and watch the video after the jump — now, excuse us while we kiss this guy. … Read More

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25 Intimate and Revealing Backstage Photos of Famous Musicians

We all know what our favorite musicians are like on stage — whether they’re shy or flamboyant, whether they’re chatty or businesslike, whether they’re funny or taciturn. But we also know that what we’re seeing on stage is ultimately a performance. Off stage, however, it’s a completely different matter, and thus backstage photography has always provided an interesting insight into the music world, particularly when the photos in question aren’t posed or contrived. We’ve pulled together a collection of such photos, images that seem to capture sides to performers that we rarely get to see, giving a glimpse of the person behind the persona — whether it’s a tearful Kurt Cobain slumped in a corner, Bob Marley playing soccer, or Lemmy reading a book (with nary a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in sight!), these are like all great photos in that they capture a moment in time and in doing so also capture some part of the subject’s personality. We hope you enjoy… Read More

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