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Elton is preparing to release Wonderful Crazy Night on February 5th.

It’s his first album since 2013’s The Diving Board. Elton says he wanted his latest to be a rock record, but adds, “I’ve never really been that great at writing a lot of uptempo songs together.”

Working with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, Elton created 10 tracks that form “the most uptempo album I’ve made since Rock Of The Westies“.

The pop icon recently spoke with his friend Brandon Flowers about the new album, his live show – “we’ve got a lot to choose from”, he says, thanks to the new material – and his children. “I’ve never had that touchstone in my life before. It’s a miracle what they can do for you. I’m in a great frame of mind and the album’s joyous because I’m joyous, and I’m joyous because of those children.”

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