In 2018, Time Out turned 50 and celebrated by teaming up with the Museum of Brands in Ladbroke Grove to organise an exhibition of their best covers. That included Elton, who guest edited Time Out in 2004.
Many years ago while still going by his original name of 'Reg Dwight' and working as a clerk at Musicland, the songwriter was approached by Bob Harris. The future Old Grey Whistle Test host was trying to help get the word out about Time Out, then a one-off summer events magazine. So Bob asked Elton if he'd put out a dozen copies. The latter agreed . . . provided they review his new album in the next issue.
Sadly, the founder of Time Out has died. Tony Elliott, who had lung cancer, was just 21 when he started the entertainment and listings magazine. In 1995, Time Out New York was launched, followed by similiar offerings in citiies around the world, as well as a series of travel guides.
Time Out says its content, now largely online, covers 328 cities in 58 countries. They continue to put out a weekly print magazine in London, although it's been suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. The first post-lockdown print edition next month will be dedicated to Elliott, whom they called ''a visionary publisher'' and ''tireless champion of city culture and a staunch friend'' whose life and work ''inspired millions of peoiple who did not have the good fortune to know him personally.''