iTunes Festival 2013 Day 12 Preview: Are you ready for Elton John?

by Martin

Elton John

We’re almost at the half way point for the iTunes Festival and it’s been a great festival so far. We might be on day 12 and almost be half way through but that doesn’t mean things start to dry up and get dull.

The iTunes Festival still has plenty to offer including Justin Timberlake, Ellie Goulding and the Official UK Number 1 Katy Perry whose single ‘Roar’ is set to become one of the biggest selling singles in her career in the UK.

Tonight though, Elton John and his band take to the stage to perform at the month long iTunes Festival.

We all know his name and I’m pretty sure I could put a bet on it that everyone has heard something he’s written in some capacity – come on, who hasn’t seen The Lion King?.

Elton John though has a career spanning almost 50 years and with 29 solo studio albums under his belt, three collaborative albums and he has also written for nine albums which include movie soundtracks, scores & theatre.


In his career which almost spans five decades Elton John has sold more than 250 million records which makes him one of the best-selling musicians in the world.

His 1997 single ‘Candle in the Wind’ sold over 33 million copies worldwide and continues to be the best selling single in the history of the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.

Elton John has had more than 50 singles in the Top 40 and he has had seven consecutive Number 1 US albums. He’s also had 16 Top 10 hits, four number 2 hits and nine number 1 hits.

Looking at awards he’s received we can only imagine he must have some sort of trophy room to store these in. In his career he has won six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, four BRIT Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award and in 2004 he won the Kennedy Centre Honours.

In 1994 Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1998 he went on to receive a knighthood from the Queen for his “services to music and charitable services”.

British singer-songwriter Elton John per

Elton John, while he isn’t big on performing at festivals has performed at some major royal events including the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and he also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012.

Most recently he performed at the annual Bestival festival.

It’s not difficult to see why iTunes wanted such a big star to perform at the festival.

Elton John takes to the stage at the Roundhouse in London from 9pm and you can watch it for free by streaming via iTunes on your computer or smartphone/tablet device.

Watch Elton John as he performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year.