Elton John Gets Help From Marc Ribot, Neil Young, T. Bone Burnett for New Album

March 10, 2010  |  3:48pm

Elton John has begun work on his upcoming album with Leon Russell. John’s longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin wrote a post on his website saying that he, John and Russell have already worked up 15 tracks and that this project is “organic recording unlike anything you’ve heard from our duo [John and Taupin] before.”

John has recruited an impressive list of collaborators for this album (his first since 2006’s The Captain and the Kid). T. Bone Burnett—who recently picked up a gold statue at the 2010 Oscars—is producing, and it’s reported that Booker T. Jones and Neil Young will lend their talents to the record. John’s backing band includes guitarist Marc Ribot, Jay Bellerose, Jim Keltner, Dennis Crouch and Keefus Ciancia (via TwentyFourBit).

John is also currently on tour, and is set to play a ton of shows in 2010:

March
11 – Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center
21 – Johannesburg, South Africa @ The Botanical Gardens
24 – Cape Town, South Africa @ Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
25 – Cape Town, South Africa @ Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
26 – Port Elizabeth, South Africa @ NMMU Sportsfields

April
3 – Merida, Mexico @ Chichen Itza
6 – Corpus Christi, Texas @ AmericanBank Center
9 – Lubbock, Texas @ United Spirit Arena
10 – Austin, Texas @ Frank Erwin Center

May
26 – Rabat, Morocco @ Mawazine Festival
28 – Jelling, Denmark @ Jelling Musik Festival
29 – Watford, England @ Watford Football Club
30 – Warsaw, Poland @ Stadion Polonii

June
3 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Belgrade Arena
8 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sportsarena
10 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
12 – Bucharest, Romania @ Piata Constitutiei
13 – Sofia, Bulgaria @ Lokomotiv Stadium
17 – Tel Aviv, Israel @ National Football Stadium
19 – Linz, Austria @ Urfahraner Jahrmarkt
20 – Graz, Austria @ Schwarzlsee

September
17 – Milan, Italy @ Teatro degli Arcimboldi
19 – Rome, Italy @ Auditorium Parco della Musica
20 – Rome, Italy @ Auidtorium Parco della Musica

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