Sir Elton says fathers have a lot to answer for

Elton John
Elton John
Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

0
Have your say

Sir Elton John has admitted that he believes his anger towards his father spurred him on to become so successful.

He said ‘When I saw Billy Elliot, a story about this boy trying to prove something to his father, it totally floored me emotionally.

‘It felt like my story. My dad wanted me to become a banker or join the Air Force. Going into rock ‘n’ roll wasn’t really seen as an option.

‘I blamed a lot of my lack of self-esteem [on him], my problems with weight, my glasses.

‘All these things which are so rooted in your childhood and never go away.’ I wonder how his fathering skills will flourish now?

Stevie Wonder is the latest legend to be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame in New York. The Isn’t She Lovely? hitmaker will be named an Apollo Icon in a ceremony in the Big Apple on June 13.

The Arctic Monkeys have reportedly turned down a six-figure sum to play at a neighbourhood garden party in the area of Hollywood where they are working on their fourth album. 

Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder claims he once saw a UFO in his hometown of Salford and it sparked a long-held interest in extraterrestrials.

Now I know what you’re thinking! Only the once?! And you’re surprised it wasn’t pink elephants as well!

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has mourned the future of his band’s record company, EMI, which was taken over last Tuesday by banking firm Citigroup.

He said ‘There’s something very sad in a way about a company that.

‘I remember it in 1967 when the Beatles were the big stars on the label, and it was fantastic to be a part of that family.’

And talking of the Beatles, iTunes has released two exclusive tracks by the Fab Four when it started selling the Cirque du Soleil stage show soundtrack Love this week.

The download version of the George and Giles Martin-produced album from 2006 includes previously-unreleased versions of The Fool On The Hill and Girl.

Another result of the EMI takeover will see Kate Bush expected to reissue four albums this year after winning the rights to the recordings from EMI.

The singer took back control of The Dreaming, Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, which were originally released by the label between 1982 and 1993.