Elton John will be in Los Angeles tomorrow to play his recently announced one-night-only concert exclusively for fan club members at The Wiltern theater.
The pop-rock legend is expected to play several songs from his upcoming studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, as well as a number of his classic tunes.
Rumour has it Elton is planning to dedicate one of the new songs to the late David Bowie.
Wonderful Crazy Night will be released on February 5, and was produced by T-Bone Burnett, with whom John worked on his previous two album projects.
“I’m so proud of this record,” Elton tells the Los Angeles Times. “It’s the most upbeat record I’ve done probably since [1975’s] Rock of the Westies, and this is a better record than that one.”
John also reveals that in preparation to make the new album, he had some specific instructions for his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin.
“I said, ‘no sad songs,'” John explains. “We could both write sad songs every five minutes, but I wanted something to reflect where I am right now. I have a great career, a great partner, two wonderful children and life couldn’t be better. I wanted to make a record that reflects that.”
Meanwhile, Elton has begun posting a series of brief videos on his Facebook page and official YouTube channel in which he discusses the individual tracks on Wonderful Crazy Night. In the first clip, John discusses the tune “Blue Wonderful.”
After the Wiltern concert, Elton kicks off another string of dates of his Las Vegas residency show, The Million Dollar Piano, on January 19. Visit EltonJohn.com to check out his full itinerary.