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Elton John to talk his life and career across BBC TV and radio

By | Published on Friday 27 September 2019

Elton John & Graham Norton

With Elton John’s autobiography ‘Me’ due out next month, the BBC is set to go into hyperdrive promoting it/him. The musician will be all up in your TV and radio, chatting about his life, his career and the music that he thinks is top notch.

The main event is a BBC One special, ‘Elton John: Uncensored’, which sees Graham Norton interviewing John at his home in the South Of France. Recorded in August during a break from the star’s mammoth farewell tour, it sees him discuss his life from childhood up to the present day.

“The past two years have felt truly monumental for me”, says John. “With the release of [biopic] ‘Rocketman’, the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour and my autobiography coming up, it felt like the perfect opportunity to reflect on it all with Graham. I’ve always enjoyed our catch-ups and this felt like the best yet”.

Norton adds: “Like the rest of the nation I’m a massive fan of Sir Elton John’s music, but to sit down with him in his home to ask him about his life, career and family was a huge privilege. Funny, frank and fearless, I can’t wait for people to hear him tell his story”.

As well as this, John will appear on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show for his ‘Tracks Of My Years’ feature. In it, he picks some of his favourite songs by artists including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard, as well as discussing his life and career a bit more.

“Music has always been the bedrock of my life, through good times and bad”, wangs on John. “It was wonderful to delve into the songs that mean the most to me with Ken – a real deep dive into some of the tracks that have defined the eras of my story. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I did putting it together”.

I know I said at the start of this article that the Beeb was doing all this to promote John’s new book, but it is starting to sound like the opposite. I mean, who’s going to need to read a whole book after this? Or, as BBC Studios’ Suzy Lamb puts it: “Candid, funny and wickedly honest, prepare for the Rocketman to reveal all”.

Anyblobs, this is all going to happen in an as-yet-undisclosed week in October. The book you’ll be wanting to cancel your pre-order on is out on 15 Oct, so it’ll be around then, I guess. Bye now.