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Elton John Criticizes Russian Anti-Gay Policy During Moscow Concert

Elton John didn't shy away from criticizing Russia's newly enacted anti-gay law, becoming the first major Western pop star to speak out on the measure during a Friday performance in Moscow.

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Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi Make List of Highest-Paid Musicians

We might not hear much rock in the Top 40 these days, but the genre can still pay pretty well if you're lucky enough to have the right audience. Just ask Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi, all of whom cracked Forbes' most recent list of the highest-paid musicians on the planet.

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Tom Hardy to Play Elton John in Biopic

As the casting drags on for the Freddie Mercury biopic, a feature film about another '70s gay British superstar just landed its lead. Tom Hardy, who played Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' will portray Elton John in the movie 'Rocketman.'

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40 Years Ago: Elton John Releases ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

It almost seems too easy to call 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Elton John's masterpiece, but it's hard to argue against it. Released on Oct. 5, 1973, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' was the second studio album he put out in 1973, and his seventh in five years. Oh, and it was a double album.

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Elton John Called ‘The Devil’s Work’ by Russian Religious Leader

Elton John's upcoming tour stops in Russia are still a few months away, but the controversy surrounding his arrival already appears to be reaching a fever pitch. Already under fire from a Russian parents' group that's calling for the concerts to be canceled because of his sexual orientation, John is now being called "the devil's work" by a leader of one of the country's Islamist sects.

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Elton John Drummer Roger Pope Dead at 66

Roger Pope was one of Elton John's early bandmates, playing drums on the piano man's early demos and later going on to tour and recording six albums with him. The Whitestable, U.K., native died on Sept. 17 at the age of 66.

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New Rendering of ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition’

A state-of-the-art new rendering of the 1992,  “The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition” is released today.

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Surgery Forces Elton John to Postpone Summer Tour

Elton John has postponed all summer tour dates after an illness that came on during his recent European tour turned out to be much more serious. The singer is undergoing treatment and surgery for appendicitis, but says he'll be back on the road in September.

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Elton John to Queens of the Stone Age: ‘The Only Thing Missing From Your Band Is an Actual Queen’

Earlier this year Dave Grohl revealed that Elton John would join his band Queens of the Stone Age on a song when the rock album hit stores later this year. Frontman Josh Homme had a chance to explain how that collaboration came about during a recent interview.

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Bob Birch, Elton John’s Bass Player, Dies of Apparent Suicide

Bob Birch, who played bass for  Elton John for more than 20 years, was found dead today (Aug. 15) of an apparent suicide, according to a report from TMZ.

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Former Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Zakk Wylde Likes Mellowing Out to Elton John, Neil Young and the Eagles

Loud and heavy music defines Zakk Wylde. He works out to Ministry, loves Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, and was Ozzy Osbourne‘s longtime guitarist. He also serves as the leader of Black Label Society.

But during those long stretches of travel while on tour, Wylde likes to dial it down and listen to mellower tunes by some notable old-school artists.

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Puddle of Mudd Covers Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and More on New Album [VIDEO]

When they entered the studio to work on songs for a follow-up to 2009′s ‘Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate,’ Puddle of Mudd had a hard time finding the inspiration for new material — so they decided just to have fun playing some of their favorite tunes by other artists.

“We were really burned out, and when we started trying to write again it just wasn’t time yet,” said guitarist Paul Phillip in a recent Billboard interview. “We had been doing (AC/DC’s) ‘TNT’ and (the Steve Miller Band’s) ‘The Joker’ and had so much fun with those that one thing led to another, and we decided to make a covers record. It was just something fun to do, and we had a blast.”

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