The Friday Song
I’m off to see ‘Rocketman’ tonight. I have a long history with Elton John. To me he’s like the Queen – he’s always been there in my life.
The first album I bought was ‘Friends’, for which he wrote the score – and I think ‘Your Song’ came from it. The first rock concert I ever went to (I took my baby brother) was at Wembley – the Eagles, the Beach Boys and Elton John.
I interviewed Bernie Taupin one year (supremely awkward) and saw Reginald play ‘White Christmas’ on a grand piano on the lawn at the Roof Gardens in Kensington in the snow.
I forgot he was having another farewell tour this year and failed to get tickets, something I’ll have to live with forever. Elton’s songs made a welcome appearance in ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’, one of the few films in which Maggie Smith and Ozzy Osbourne share a soundtrack.This version of Rocketman is by Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin.