Elton John releases new album, plans stateside tour

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Elton John has revealed plans to return New England this fall in support of his brand new album, The Diving Board. The legendary singer and pianist will hit Massachusetts for a show at Boston’s TD Garden on Tuesday, November 12. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $39.50 to $149.50, will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

The Diving Board, John’s first solo release since 2006’s The Captain & the Kid, was released earlier this week. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it features twelve new songs written by John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist. The new album marks his first solo release not too feature his regular band members since 1979’s Victim of Love. Returning to a simpler piano, bass and drums lineup, John received assistance from Jay Bellerose on drums, Rafael Saadiq on bass, Keefus Ciancia on keyboards, Doyle Bramhall on guitar and Jack Ashford on percussion.

“In many ways, I feel like I’m starting again, making records,” explained John in a press release. “Several years ago when beginning to work with T Bone and being in the studio with Leon Russell for The Union, I had to ask myself, ‘What kind of music do I really want to make?’, and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist. That’s what The Diving Board represents. I’m incredibly excited about every aspect of this album: The performances, T Bone’s production, Bernie’s lyrics and the songs we’ve created. The Diving Board is the album I’ve been waiting to make for decades.”

According to Burnett, The Diving Board also evokes memories of the producer’s first exposure to John as a live performer. “I saw Elton at the Troubadour in 1970, in a legendary week of shows,” he said. “Those shows never left me. A three piece band – piano, bass, and drums, like one enormous instrument – just killing it. So we started from there. I wanted to be able to superimpose this recording over my memory of the sound and the wild intelligence of those shows. From that perspective, forty years down the road, The Diving Board is an album of music by a master at the peak of his artistic powers.”

On the upcoming tour, John will be backed by his usual touring band featuring Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards. Along with selections from The Diving Board, fans can expect John to deliver plenty of classics from throughout his five-decade career. The upcoming Boston show will mark John’s 60th show in Massachusetts since his debut at the Boston Tea Party club on October 29, 1970.

Prior to the show in Boston, John will perform at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, November 9. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $37.50 to $147.50, will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

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