Elton John says that he can't watch the footage featuring him performing with John Lennon in his current Las Vegas show, according to Gigwise.com. During Elton's performance of his 1982 Lennon tribute "Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny)," the screens flash the only known footage of the pair performing on Thanksgiving night -- November 28th, 1974.
Elton revealed to Entertainment Weekly: "I don't look back when I'm playing that song -- if I see the footage of John, I get choked up and it's too hard to get through the song. I miss him so much. He was a force of nature, and you don't get many of those. And you sure as hell miss them when they leave." In addition to the fan-shot Super 8 footage of Elton and Lennon, the nightly tribute features rare and never-before-seen photos of the pair.
- The Lennon and Elton's Madison Square Garden team-up has long been believed to be the night that broke the ice in Lennon and estranged wife Yoko Ono's then-already-13-month separation. Although Lennon seemed to be reeling out of control during the early part of what he dubbed his "Lost Weekend" away from Yoko -- she admitted that the split took a horrible toll on her, as well: "We were so dependent on each other's body-kind-of thing, and to be alone in bed was really very difficult. I was shaking -- but I wasn't telling that to John, y'know? I thought, 'Well, this is bad that a person can not be alone, and if you're alone, you're shaking.' Well, that's very bad. But I could not say, 'Okay, let's get back together. That was not the way I was feeling."
- Out now is Elton John's latest album, The Diving Board.
- He'll next perform on Tuesday (October 1st) at Las Vegas' The Colosseum At Caesars Palace.
- Elton John North American tour dates (subject to change):
October 17 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
November 8 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
November 9 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
November 12 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
November 14 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
November 16 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
November 22 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
November 23 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
November 24 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena
November 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
November 30 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
December 3, 4 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
DID YOU KNOW???
- "Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny)" was the lead single from Elton John's 1982 Jump Up! album. The song peaked at Number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of '82.
- The track marked Elton's first new video to be premiered on MTV.
- "Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny)" was produced by Chris Thomas. Thomas is best known for his work on the Beatles' "White Album," Paul McCartney (Rockshow, Back To The Egg and Run Devil Run); Pete Townshend (Empty Glass, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, and White City - A Novel); the Pretenders (Pretenders, Pretenders II, and Learning To Crawl); Badfinger (Ass, Badfinger, and Wish You Were Here); INXS (Listen Like Thieves and Kick); the Sex Pistols (Never Mind The Bullocks); and U2 (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb), among others.
- John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at Madison Square Garden on November 28th, 1974 for three songs -- his recent chart-topper, "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" -- which was recorded with Elton; Elton's soon-to-be Number One hit cover of the Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" -- which was recorded with Lennon; and finally, a rave-up rendition of the Paul McCartney-sung "Fab Four" classic, "I Saw Her Standing There."
- The full performance from that night's show has been released on several Lennon and Elton John releases, but can be found in its entirety on the expanded and remastered version of Elton's 1976 live album, Here And There.
CHECK IT OUT: The only known movie footage known to exist of John Lennon and Elton John performing at Madison Square Garden on November 28th, 1974 -- *** Lennon enters at 3:40:
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