Walter Eugene Clair, one of the Clair Brothers Audio entrepreneurs, died on December 3, at the age of 73, after being in ill health. At Tuesday's Madison Square Garden concert, Elton dedicated Your Song to him, noting that his was the first sound company he used--and still does, over four decades later.
Friday's appearance in Moscow began with Elton, settled behind a black grand piano, reading a monologue in which he called for harmony and inclusion for all.
In the Christchurch District Court yesterday, a 72-year-old man was fined $45,000 and ordered to pay $26,368 back to the customers he cheated with his EJ concert travel arrangements.
In 2008, a benefit at the Dorchester Hotel raised £5 million for Nelson Mandela's charities. Elton was among those in attendance, serenading the former South African leader with 'Happy Birthday,' as Mandela was turning 90 that week.
Elton has said that he plans to raise the issue of gay rights when he plays Russia on December 6 and 7.