The one-night-only event featured the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra playing the music of ‘Rocketman’ live-to-picture, as well as the film’s lead actor and original Rocket Man performing duets “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”
Rocketman is blasting off all the way into awards season. In a phenomenal celebration of the “perennial marriage of film and music,” as director Dexter Fletcher coined in his introduction of the film, the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra played the music of Rocketman live-to-picture for a packed audience at the Greek Theatre on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The evening included a performance from Taron Egerton and the Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton John.(HOLLYWOODREPORTER)
As conducted by John Beal, the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra played all of the songs from the movie and original score by Matthew Margeson with the cast vocals intact, as well as a special Entr’acte bringing the audience back in after a 20-minute intermission following Egerton and Richard Madden’s “Honky Cat” number.
For the run of the film, the audience was pleasantly seated. But the second Rocketman finished and John and Egerton came onstage, it was “organized chaos,” as Fletcher said. En masse, every single person rose like a tidal wave and never sat back down.
John, donning a red and white blazer and glasses adorned with blue sparkles, with Egerton, in a white suit with black stripes and a blue button-down, wasted no time getting down to business. John effusively praised his onscreen counterpart, repeatedly referring to him as the “amazing, amazing Taron Egerton” before cueing the orchestra with an, “OK baby, let’s go.”
traveling the stars: “Rocket Man,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and Harry Nilsson’s “Spaceman.” With Bowie’s song hitting first (just a scant 10 days before the actual moon landing), it’s been assumed that “Oddity” inspired Taupin’s bolt of inspiration while driving.
“Border Song” became his first song to chart in the U.S. when it just dented the Hot 100 in 1970. Aretha Franklin’s cover did better when it peaked at No. 35 later that year. Taupin wrote the song’s first two verses, but, as they revealed in a joint interview with Rolling Stone in 1973, John contributed the last one to stretch out the song’s length. “That’s why the last verse is very mundane,” the singer said.
“Your Song” was the song that launched John to global stardom, becoming a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. But Taupin admitted in 1989 that his contribution is “one of the most naive and childish lyrics in the entire repertoire of music, but I think the reason it still stands up is because it was real at the time.” After receiving Taupin’s lyrics, John sat down at the piano in his parents’ North London apartment and wrote the melody and chord changes in about 20 minutes.
“Tiny Dancer” (1971)
“We came to California in the fall of 1970, and sunshine radiated from the populace. I was trying to capture the spirit of that time, encapsulated by the women we met – especially at the clothes stores up and down the Strip in L.A. They were free spirits, sexy in hip-huggers and lacy blouses, and very ethereal, the way they moved. So different from what I’d been used to in England. And they all wanted to sew patches on your jeans. They’d mother you and sleep with you – (Bernie Taupin)
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976)