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Elton John Lambasts Russia's Anti-Gay 'Propaganda' Ban During St. Petersburg Concert

In the middle of his St. Petersburg performance last weekend, the ever vocal Elton John took the opportunity to take potshots at Russia's anti-gay policies and agenda again reports The Moscow Times. While performing a song, John addressed the crowd asking, "Is Tchaikovsky's beautiful music 'sexually perverting?" bringing up the famous Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky who is widely believed to be gay.

Elton johnJohn also criticized the removal of a statue erected to honor Apple founder Steve Jobs from outside of a St. Petersburg technical college after Jobs successor, Tim Cook, disclosed to the public that he is gay. It's assumed that Russia still sells Apple products, which John recognized and called out the hypocrisy behind the statue's removal.

Said John:

"Can this be true? Steve's memory is rewritten because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay? Does that also make iPads 'gay propaganda'?"

This isn't the first time the singer spoke out during a concert in Russia; he dedicated a 2013 Moscow concert to 23-year-old Vladislav Tornovi who was raped and murdered after revealing he was gay. Fans and civils rights groups asked John not to perform in Russia, but John told the Moscow crowd why he continues to perform in the country.

Said John:

"You took me to your hearts all these years ago, and you've always welcomed me with warmth and open arms any time I've visited. You have always embraced me and you have never judged me. So I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the LGBT community here in Russia."

"In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating. People have demanded that because of this legislation, I must not come here to Russia. But many, many more people asked me to come and I listened to them. I love coming here."

John invited Vladimir Putin to meet the country's LGBT youth to listen to their experiences, however the disillusioned leader has yet to respond to the singer's request. St. Petersburg is the epicenter of the nationwide ban on "gay propaganda," as it was the first city to pass an ordinance banning the so-called "propaganda." The nationwide federal legislation version is modeled after St. Petersburg's ordinance.


Steve Grand Covers Elton John, Drops New Single: LISTEN

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The All-American Boy has released two new songs to help get you through your day (which, depending on your political affiliation, may be off to a rough start). Grand is offering up a cover of Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" along with a new single, "Time." As previously reported, Grand is set to have a new album out thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign. From The Huffington Post:

"Time" will appear on Grand's forthcoming album, which is being by Aaron Johnson, who has collaborated with The Fray and Eve 6, among other popular artists. The collection will also feature Grand's initial viral hit, "All-American Boy," as well as "Stay" and "Back To California."

Grand's online campaign for the album generated more than four times the original goal of $81,000 and became one of the 10 most-funded music projects in the Kickstarter history.

Listen to Grand's new croonings, AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, in case you missed them, check out his other songs, "Back to California", "Stay", Lil' Wayne's "How to Love", a live version of "All-American Boy" and, of course, the original

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Sam Smith, Kylie, Elton John, One Direction and Others Unite for All-Star Charity Single: VIDEO

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Elton John, Sam Smith, Paul Simon, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith,  Brian May, Dave Grohl, and Brian Wilson are among the stars teaming up for a cover of the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows" for the BBC's Children in Need charity.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neil Patrick Harris' Italian Wedding Had Fireworks, Elton John and Kelly Clarkson: VIDEO

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Neil Patrick Harris sat down with David Letterman to share some more intimate details about his recent wedding to longtime partner David Burtka in Italy. Harris talked about Sir Elton John's performance, his and David's first dance to Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and the perfectly timed fireworks that took the couple's breath away.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Middle East Broadcasting Center Retracts Inaccurate And Offensive Gay 'List Of Shame'

DanRadHornsThe Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) recently posted a "list of shame," intended perhaps to raise the general public's awareness about LGBT actors, musicians, etc... It is, of course, a wholly offensive idea to begin with, particularly given the wide berth of the MBC's audience: 150 million people.

But the list was also inaccurate, calling Daniel Radcliffe gay, naming Cameron Diaz as a bisexual, and informing audiences that Elton John wore a dress at his wedding. All these things would be just fine were they not forced into a categorization of "shame." The MBC has now retracted the list and issued an apology.

Pink News reports:

In the apology and retraction, MBC noted that the list was “clearly not related to neither [sic] the presenter of the show.. nor the show itself,” and admitted that the junior editor who published it in the first place had failed to fact-check the story...

It is still unclear why the junior editor felt compelled to publish a “list of shame” naming gay celebrities, whether or not some were incorrectly named.

Other people named in the list included Ricky Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster, and Lindsay Lohan. They may fall somewhere on the LGBT spectrum (unlike Radcliffe and Diaz), but they certainly should not feel ashamed. 


Elton John, David Furnish, And 'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball Joining Forces On New HBO Show 'Virtuoso'

EltonDavidCalling all attractive, young musicians! Elton John, hubby David Furnish, and master of television Alan Ball want you to star in their (yes, their) upcoming HBO drama, Virtuoso. Set in 1790's Vienna at an elite music academy, the pilot episode of the new show will have this amazing gay trifecta backing it and they are currently seeking out stars.

Show Biz 411 reports:

The academy is run by our old friend from “Amadeus,” Mozart’s nemesis Antonio Salieri. There’s lots of music, ruffled shirts and sex of all kinds. There are probably a lot of candelabras set on ornate pianos, too. Knowing Ball, a whole universe will be set up for the musicians, the teachers, and the wealthy music patrons of Vienna. Sounds like there might be a lot of private recitals and lessons, as well...

The cable network is also in a deal now with Mick Jagger’s company for a series about rock music in the ’70s with “Boardwalk Empire” writer Terry Winter.

Sounds like fans of Ball and Winter's previous ventures have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. And perhaps Sir Elton will make a virtuosic piano appearance himself? One can only hope.

Will you be tuning in to Virtuoso? Sound off in the comments below!


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