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Star's Hammersmith Apollo Engagement

Written by Chief Editor.

Elton was greeted with a standing ovation when he appeared last night at the Hammersmith Apollo to discuss his life and autobiography with David Walliams. He was moved to tears when he discussed Freddie Mercury. He also mentioned another late friend, Ingrid Sischy, who was to have worked on Me.

 

"She had done a lot of research for the book but then unfortunately passed away from breast cancer and I sort of shelved the book. David {Furnish} said you should do the book for the kids because they have to know what happened in your life and you have to write your definitive story. So I thought, 'who is going to do this'," said Elton. "Alexis Petrides is a friend of mine who writes music critiques for the Guardian and also writes very funny blogs. He's got a great sense of humour and I needed someone with a great sense of humour to write about my life because some wonderful, funny things have happened to me. He caught my voice perfectly and we did a lot of interviews over a three year period and that's how it came to be. I think in its original form if Ingrid had done the book it would have been a lovely book, but it would have been far more analytical and it wouldn't have been so personal."

Elton also did not rule out a return to the stage, prompting cheers from the audience, which included celebrities such as Kiki Dee, as he prepares for his farewell tour to draw to a close in 2021. He suggested he would consider a short residency in London to perform some of his lesser known songs. 

Ahead of the event at the Apollo, Elton appeared at a one-off event at the Royal Academy of Music in a Q&A with the Academy’s principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and met scholarship students, who the performer has helped to fund.