Elton John talks about new album ahead of Edinburgh gig

Alongside classics like Your Song, Rocket Man and Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, superstar Sir Elton John will be performing tracks from new album Wonderful Crazy Night when he plays live in the Capital for the first time in more than a decade this summer.

Sir Elton’s new album is released on Friday (Feb 5) on Virgin EMI Records, and continues the multi-million-selling singer’s long-time writing partnership with Bernie Taupin and features ten brand new tracks – including Blue Wonderful, which you can listen to below.

This is a raucous rock n roll record,” says Sir Elton. “I wanted a guitar record, I wanted something joyous, something you can play in arenas. I don’t think I have ever made such an uptempo, energetic album. It just bangs away”.

Co-produced by Sir Elton and T-Bone Burnett, Wonderful Crazy Night was written in just 17 days and recorded in Los Angeles, with core band members convening at the venerable Village studio.

“It was very much the same way we made Yellow Brick Road or Honky Chateau in the Seventies”, says Sir Elton. “I’d go in there and write the song in the morning, the band would come in and learn the chords, we’d run through a couple of times and put it down straight away.”

To coincide with the release of Wonderful Crazy Night, Sir Elton visits the Capital’s Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday, 25 June, 11 years on from his sell-out gig at Hibernian’s Easter Road stadium in 2005, as previously reported on AAA Edinburgh.

“These concerts will give me the chance to thank the Scottish audiences who have been so faithful to me over these many decades,” said the 68-year-old.“We cannot get to everyone, but I am going to try. Edinburgh has always been a very special place for me to play.

“I did my first ever truly solo show at the Playhouse back in 1976, and it also just happens to be where my guitarist and Music Director Davey Johnstone is from, so it’s a very special city for me and the band.”

Tickets for Sir Elton’s Edinburgh gig can be purchased via ticketmaster.co.uk or Amazon.co.uk/tickets