Elton John documentary to dazzle at Toronto premiere

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24 Jun 2024, 11:43

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Elton John: Never Too Late will reveal new layers of the Rocket Man's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

A brand-new documentary titled Elton John: Never Too Late is set to make its grand debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Slated to premiere between September 5th and September 15th, 2024, this much-anticipated film promises to take fans behind the scenes of Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in a way never seen before.



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Directed by none other than Elton's husband, David Furnish, this documentary is poised to offer an intimate look at the Rocket Man both on and off stage.

From unseen live footage spanning his glittering career to candid moments of his current life, this film is a must-watch for any Elton aficionado.

Elton John, the man who gave us timeless hits like Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, and Crocodile Rock, embarked on his final tour in the autumn of 2018.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which was intended to be a grand send-off, faced numerous hurdles, including delays due to Covid-19 and injuries.

Yet, the tour persevered, thrilling fans worldwide and finally concluding last summer in Sweden.

One of the standout moments was undoubtedly his headline set at Glastonbury Festival in 2023.

The performance drew the largest overnight audience in the festival’s storied history and marked his final show on UK soil.

But the show must go on, as they say, and Elton isn’t one to rest on his laurels.

After his iconic Glastonbury gig, the 2024 festival lineup promises another blockbuster year with headliners like pop sensation Dua Lipa, the ever-energetic Coldplay, R&B powerhouse SZA, and country-pop queen Shania Twain ready to rock the Pyramid Stage.

With supporting acts like LCD Soundsystem, The National, Disclosure, Jamie xx, and Little Simz, it’s set to be another unforgettable year at Worthy Farm.

Meanwhile, back in Elton’s world, the legend isn't just kicking back in a pair of his famous platform boots.

He's gearing up to release a new album. That’s right, the musical dynamo is back in the studio with his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin.

The duo, responsible for crafting some of the most iconic songs in pop history, has hinted at something truly unexpected.

“It will surprise the s*** out of listeners,” Elton teased at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, suggesting a bold new direction for their latest project.

For those eager to get a peek at the documentary but unable to attend TIFF, fear not. Elton John: Never Too Late will soon be available for streaming on Disney+.

While the exact release date remains under wraps, the wait promises to be worth it for a deep dive into the life and legacy of one of music’s greatest showmen.

While the documentary looks back over the last few years of the stars career, Bernie Taupin recently recalled the very first meeting with Elton on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar.

He told Chris: “The first time we met, which is sort of a prologue at the beginning of the book, was at Dick James' studios on New Oxford Street. Now, we'd both been to see Ray Williams, who was the guy that literally put us together. We'd both been to see him individually and Elton sort of didn't come across great, because he had no original material.

"I think he played Jim Reeves’ He’ll Have To Go, but I guess, for some reason, Ray saw something in him, and Elton, or Reg as he was back then, had said, ‘Well, I really want to write songs but I don't have any material. I can't write words. I need the lyricist’. I don't think he said, ‘I need one’. But ‘I would like one’ or intimated that he would like one. 

“At the same time, I'd been to see Ray Williams slightly before him, and I'd sent in some material. And what happened was basically, as Kismet would have it, he handed my envelopes of very, very juvenile lyrics…. well, they weren't really even lyrics, it was just sort of, I was flying by the seat of my pants, because I had no idea what it meant to write a lyric or a song lyric anyway. But, as fate would have it, he gave them to Elton and arranged for us to meet at Dick James’ studio.”

Dick James and Brian Epstein established the Beatles' publisher Northern Songs, and - with his son - he founded the DJM record label and recording studios, which would go on to sign Elton and Bernie.

The latter told Chris: “Dick was actually the publisher of The Beatles. So a lot of demos were done there. And he had a lot of inhouse songwriters, and Elton originally, would go there and just play piano for the writers, not recording anything of his own. And so we arranged to meet there, and I was totally a fish out of water and was sitting in the booth waiting.

"I didn't know where he was. And apparently he was in the studio down the hallway. And I could see him on this little TV. And I kind of said, ‘Is that Reg Dwight?’ and somebody concurred and said ‘Yes, it is’ and at that point, the guy who was the engineer turned around and said, ‘Are you supposed to be here?’.

“And just as you said that, Elton came through the door and said, ‘Is there a Bernie Taupin here?’ and it was like, ‘That's me, sir.’

“Obviously, it was like, he just saved my life. Literally.”

Bernie added: “And so I was immediately attracted to him as a human-being. It was like, ‘Oh, you just, you just pulled my feet out of the fire’. 

“We went around the corner to a place called the Lancaster Grill on Charing Cross Road, and we bonded immediately. And the rest, as they say, is history.

“Last time I was in London. I was walking down Charing Cross Road and I tried to find that place. And of course, it's no longer there. I couldn't even figure out exactly where it was.”