Elton fears for the world if Trump is elected
Sunday, July 24 2016
A potential Trump presidency makes Elton John "fear for the world" — at least when it comes to fighting the global HIV crisis.
The musician and longtime AIDS activist was in Durban for the 21st International AIDS conference. On July 20, 2016, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, announced the first two recipients of a $10 million fund to "address stigma, discrimination and violence" experienced by LGBT people, and to expand their access to HIV care and prevention.
The next day, after meeting with HIV-positive adolescents at KwaZulu-Natal Children's Hospital, Elton and David sat down for an interview with Mic.
"If you are in a country where it's illegal to be gay and they're withholding your medicine because you're gay, we will get them the medicine," Elton said of the $10 million LGBT fund. "If you're in prison or you're incarcerated for being gay, we will get you legal help — we will get you out of prison. So it's going in on the ground and helping these people overcome their HIV status."
"I fear for the world, globally, with the AIDS situation ... [if] Donald Trump gets to be president," said Elton, who performed at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in March 2016. "He'll marginalize people. He's already doing it."
Discrimination fuels the HIV epidemic. HIV is 19 times more prevalent in men who have sex with men and up to 49 times more prevalent in transgender women than in other adults — and it's not because the virus is magically drawn to people of certain sexualities or gender identities. Rather, it's because HIV thrives among folks who are persecuted for being who they are, according to David.
"Pushing people away contributes to people's shame," Furnish said. "It also makes them feel less likely to seek information about sexual health, less likely to have a dialogue with their doctor about their medication, less likely to feel confident and comfortable picking their medication up. It takes everything and just pushes it into the shadows — and that's where this disease thrives," he continued. "It thrives on the disenfranchised. It thrives on the marginalized."
Though Trump has promised to support LGBT people, and has been touted by his gay supporters as "the most pro-gay Republican nominee ever," his record undermines these talking points. Trump has said he'd appoint Supreme Court justices to overturn marriage equality.
Trump also chose Mike Pence as his running mate. Pence has supported Indiana's "religious freedom" legislation, opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions and advocated putting HIV/AIDS funds toward conversion therapy instead. "They're insane, basically — in a nutshell, they're insane," said Elton, who has asked Trump to stop using his music for campaign events. "Let's cut to the quick here."
As for Pence, who's proclaimed his deep Christian faith, "I don't see any Christian act in him — you're not a Christian in a million years," Elton said. "You're probably the furthest thing away from Christianity there is."
It's not just the LGBT stigma. Elton, David and other activists fear Trump will cut funding to PEPFAR, the U.S. initiative, established under President George W. Bush, to fight HIV worldwide. In October 2015, Trump was asked if he would "commit to doubling the number of people" receiving treatment through PEPFAR. "Yes, I believe so strongly in that and we're going to lead the way," he answered. Some activists remain skeptical.
Trump has said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, a move that would make it harder for people with HIV to get the care they need. Only around 13% of people with HIV have private health insurance, and around 24% aren't covered at all, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
"We've set a target of 2030 to end AIDS, and we know we can do it, but we can't take our foot off the accelerator," David said. "And if people start cutting their funding now and if they start pulling back, it's going to actually set a lot of the progress that we made backwards."
In Trump's campaign strategy, "I haven't heard one hopeful word," Elton said. Currently, Trump has no official HIV policy.
Earlier in the day, Elton had spoken at the conference about HIV among adolescents. In his speech, he vowed to fight the HIV epidemic until he dies — though hopefully, it won't take that long. "They're predicting 2030 — I hope beforehand," Elton said.
Medically and scientifically, we have all the tools we need, as Charlize Theron pointed out. The next step is conquering the stigma surrounding HIV — not just of the disease itself, but of the groups of people disproportionately affected by it. "We have to beat the stigma," Elton said. "The way to reduce stigma is to make sure that everyone feels loved and included. And we have to make them feel that HIV is not a shameful disease."
Kiki Dee has had (and is still having) an amazing singing career stretching back to 1963, after eventually hitting bigger than big in the 1970s with such huge hits as ‘Amoureuse‘ and the world wide #1 hit duet with Elton John ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart‘.
Join Kiki Dee as she discusses her musical journey right up to the present day.
Elton: LGBT people must be part of AIDS fight
Wednesday, July 20 2016
Elton hosted a press conference at the 21st World Aids Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa, July 20, 2016. Elton said that leaving LGBT people behind in the fight against AIDS will only increase the spread of the disease.
The global AIDS conference in South Africa has also attracted philanthropist Bill Gates, actress Charlize Theron and Britain's Prince Harry.
Africa is the continent hardest hit by the epidemic, but the subject of homosexuality is taboo in many African countries. "With these countries sometimes, it may take 50 years. But I guarantee it will change," Elton said.
He said he wants to ensure that LGBT people are protected if they are denied medical treatment or arrested.
Elton John and Prince Harry to host special session at 2016 International AIDS Conference
Friday, July 15 2016
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the International AIDS Conference (IAC) announced that Elton and Prince Harry of Wales will host a youth-focused special session at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
The session will address the HIV epidemic among adolescents with a particular emphasis on the impact stigma and discrimination have on youth. Elton and Prince Harry will be joined by Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and a panel of young advocates who will describe what is and what is not working for the HIV response among young people, and what must change to truly address the needs of youth with HIV. EJAF will also announce the first recipient of The LGBT Fund, a $10 million partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“Today, HIV/AIDS is a treatable disease and no longer the death sentence it was ten years ago, but we cannot grow complacent in our fight to eradicate it completely. If our efforts wane, anti-viral drug resistance will resurface, transmission rates will again rise, and this disease, which knows no boundaries, will once again become a ruthless pandemic with disastrous and far-reaching consequences,” said Elton. “Many LGBT people and youth around the world still don’t have access to life-saving treatment and face high cases of stigma and discrimination. I look forward to working with Prince Harry and other world leaders to help make our dream of an AIDS-free world a reality.”
Responding to the AIDS crisis in Africa has been a key priority for the Foundation and has focused primarily on youth and LGBT people. In 2015, EJAF established ‘Young Survivors’ – a fundraising campaign to save the lives of young people living with HIV in selected African cities. Since launching this campaign, EJAF has invested more than $3.42 million to support projects in 5 locations, including: Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Kisumu (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia) and Beira (Mozambique). In 2014, EJAF and PEPFAR awarded $7 million to Health4Men, a South African-based program that provides free and confidential health care for men who have sex with men.
EJAF and PEPFAR will also host a press conference on Wednesday, July 20th to formally announce the first grantee of their joint LGBT Fund. This fund, launched in 2015, will support non-governmental organizations in multiple countries in Sub Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and will provide information and services to the LGBT community. The announcement of the inaugural recipient also comes one year after Sir Elton’s historic testimony before the U.S. Foreign Operations Appropriations Committee.
“We are proud to partner with PEPFAR for the joint LGBT Fund to increase our support for Africa’s LGBT community,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “Today, an estimated 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV worldwide do not even know they have the virus. Approximately 68 percent of new infections are in sub-Saharan Africa. International support in the global fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS is crucial as millions of people around the world still lack access to life-saving prevention, care and treatment.”
Bright Light Bright Light talks making mixtapes for Elton John
Friday, July 15 2016
After Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas, who goes by the moniker Bright Light Bright Light, burst onto the U.K. music scene in 2012 with his debut solo album, he signed with Rocket Music Management, a company co-founded by one of his heroes, Elton John.
The arrangement ultimately didn't work out and the two parted ways professionally, but they remained friends. So for Bright Light Bright Light's new solo album, Choreography – out July 15, 2016 – Thomas asked Elton if he'd like to sing on the track"All in the Name."
"Playing a song that I’d written with my hero is mind-blowing," Thomas explains to Rolling Stone. "He sang on my record and then took me on tour. Originally it was seven dates, and it went really well, so he extended it and it ended up being 55."
Choreography, Bright Light Bright Light's third album, draws inspiration from Eighties and Nineties movies (in fact, the project's name refers to a line from Gremlins) and features a throwback electropop style that will feel immediately familiar to fans of Wham! or Pet Shop Boys. When Thomas got the opportunity to promote Choreography by performing live on U.K's super-popular Graham Norton Show, he asked John if he'd be interested in joining him. "He said yes, and we got to go on the show together," Thomas says. "It was an insanely A-list cast of Jodi Foster, Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and there's, like, me!"
The pair's friendship continues, and Thomas says he made two mixtapes for Elton's recent birthday: one labeled "greatest hits," the other "greatest shits," which included "really, really awful bargain-bin artists ... with reggae ballads, B sides and terrible remixes.
"[Elton] rang me: 'Oh, my God, it's amazing,'" Thomas says. "It was a lot of fun to put together and it’s insane to think that Elton has heard them. ... He's the biggest music fan in the world."
Elton’s Annual Charity tennis match returning to Las Vegas
Friday, July 15 2016
Elton‘s annual WTT Smash Hits charity tennis match is returning to Las Vegas for the second year in a row. The match, which he co-hosts with tennis legend Billie Jean King, will be coming back to Caesars Palace on October 10, 2016.
“It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to Caesars Palace for some more amazing tennis,” Elton says in a statement.
He adds, “This family-friendly event helps to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, advocacy, treatment, and care services. I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”
Joining Elton and Billie this year are tennis stars John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on July 18, 2016 through WTTSmashHits.com or AXS.com.
Last year, the tournament raised more than $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Elton John and band performed in Porto on July 14, 2016
Friday, July 15 2016
Fan report by Julio, from La Coruña, Spain.
It was an excellent summer evening. People began slowly to enter the Festival Mares Vivas venue in Portugal to be located at the top front of the stage. After a brief performances of Foy Vance and Kelis, Elton and the band appeared promptly at 21:00.
Elton was in a good mood. He congratulated Portugal for its victory in the European Football Championship and said he loved Porto, and is thinking to back on tour soon.
I really liked that he played two songs from the "Wonderful Crazy Night" album, especially "A Good Heart", where he made a special emotion.
The "Rocket Man" intro was amazing, with pieces from "Sixty Years On" and "Take Me To The Pilot". In addition, the new version of "Candle In The Wind" starting with Elton solo piano and the band joining, was wonderful.
Notably, "I'm Still Standing" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" have new videos for he background screen.
A magnificent show. Elton still standing!
Following is the complete set list of the Porto show on July 14, 2016:
The Bitch Is Back
Benny And The Jets
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
A Good Heart
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Burn Down the Mission
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
All The Young Girls Love Alice
I'm Still Standing
Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll)
Connie Hillman exits Elton John organization
Wednesday, July 13 2016
Music industry veteran Connie Pappas Hillmann has parted with the Elton John organization after over four decades.
She will assume the role of VP of Bar None Music, Inc., the management and publishing entity for her husband Chris Hillmann. She will also continue at the helm of Constant Communication Corp., the company she founded in 1982 as the production enterprise for all of Elton John North America tours. The company will now continue to diversify its business activities, which include the expansion of her collegiate lecture series on women in today's music industry.
For the last 43 years, Connie Hillmann served in various capacities within the Elton John corporate structure and has played an integral role in the rock star's domestic career activities. She began as EVP of The Rocket Record Company in 1973. Most recently, she served as North American tour producer since 1982, which included co-production of all the "Face to Face" tours with Elton and Billy Joel from 1994 through 2010.
For the past 13 years, she was VP of the Elton John Charitable Fund and served on the board of the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Hillmann began her career working for Elton John's agent, Howard Rose, and was just 24 when she moved on to the recording side as EVP of Rocket Records, joining Elton's former manager John Reid. She was appointed EVP of John Reid Enterprises, co-managing Elton, Bernie Taupin, Queen, KIki Dee and Carole Bayer Sager.
Her notable accomplishments at JRE included the co-production of Elton's Troubadour Benefit Concert in 1974 and his historic concert at Dodger Stadium in 1975. She was appointed VP of Rocket Music publishing company and Poptropolis Enterprises, overseeing television development for the Hudson Brothers.
Clean Bandit in awe of Elton John
Sunday, July 10 2016
Clean Bandit's new album will feature Elton John and they were impressed by his piano playing skills when they recorded together.
The 'Rather Be' hitmakers have joined forces with the legendary singer on a song for their forthcoming second album and have admitted they're in awe of his talent because he's just so quick and thorough.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, cellist Grace Chatto said: "There's loads of really diverse singers on the next album actually. There are different singers on every track. One of my favourites is Labyrinth. That was a really amazing experience and then another but very different singer is Sir Elton John. We've been making a few songs with him. He's lovely and just so quick. As soon as we got in the studio he just didn't stop playing piano - even when he was talking to us he was still composing at the same time."
And, although they've managed to secure a number of collaborations for the forthcoming LP, the group - consisting of Grace, Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson and Neil Amin-Smith - don't know when their second album will be released because they're still playing around with different cuts.
The blonde beauty explained: "We're still kind of finishing it off. It's nearly done but at the moment we're focusing on the new single that's gonna come out after 'Tears'.
Elton releases video for "A Good Heart"
Friday, July 8 2016
Directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, the video is centered around a specially-shot performance of the song, and is the first time Elton has appeared in one of his own videos for 11 years, reports eltonjohn.com.
In the video Elton wears a “Love Bravery” pin badge from his & Lady Gaga’s limited edition range of inspirational clothing and accessories, produced to inspire compassion and combat prejudice. The range is available online at macys.com and at Macy’s stores in the US as part of their American Icons campaign. Now through to August 31, 2016, use the code LOVE at the check-out, and save 25% off Love Bravery merchandise at Macy’s stores and on macys.com.
A special website www.lovebravery.com has been set up to promote the message of compassion and positivity. The website features a video where Elton and Lady Gaga discuss this subject along with a mechanic which shows how often negative messages are posted on social media.
"Wonderful Crazy Year" - 2nd Quarter of Results
Friday, July 8 2016
Now the "Wonderful Crazy Year" fan survey is in it's 22nd week - again time to bring you some results, this time from the second quarter of surveys.
This time we will publish only two lists, the average scores for albums and individual recordings.
Again, some of the answers had to be deleted because they were made by the same person on the same survey. No more editing has been done. Just like last time, you can get a good direction where the preference of the masses is, but the scores are not absolute.
All surveys will remain open, even the oldest ones! You can still vote and a full analysis of all survey results will be published in the end! We will gladly acquire more survey answers, so that the final results will be more realistic!
"Wonderful Crazy Year" calendar weeks 17-27
average scores for the albums:
1. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy 8,84 2. Here And There 8,33 3. Too Low For Zero 7,81 4. Rock Of The Westies 7,72 5. The Fox 7,46 6. Blue Moves 7,44 7. Jump Up! 7,19 8. The Complete Thom Bell Sessions 7,17 9. A Single Man 6,95 10. 21 At 34 6,90 11. Victim Of Love 4,43
average scores for the recordings:
1. Someone Saved My Life Tonight 9,61 2. We All Fall In Love Sometimes 9,38 3. Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny) 9,36 4. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy 9,27 Love Lies Bleeding [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 9,27 6. Tonight 9,26 7. Someone Saved My Life Tonight [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 9,25 8. I'm Still Standing 9,23 9. Curtains 9,22 Philadelphia Freedom 9,22 11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 9,19 12. Pinball Wizard [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 9,18 13. Funeral For A Friend [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 9,15 14. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 9,06 15. Better Off Dead 8,95 Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,95 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 8,95 18. Curtains [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,92 We All Fall In Love Sometimes [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,92 20. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Live With John Lennon From Here And There Disc 2] 8,88 21. I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford) 8,87 22. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues 8,86 23. Are You Ready For Love? 8,73 24. Your Song [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,71 25. Don't Go Breaking My Heart [With Kiki Dee] 8,70 26. Bitter Fingers [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,69 27. Better Off Dead [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,68 Bitter Fingers 8,68 Carla/Etude 8,68 Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time) [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,68 31. I Saw Her Standing There [Live With John Lennon From Here And There Disc 2] 8,67 32. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,64 33. Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year) 8,63 34. Skyline Pigeon [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,60 35. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket 8,59 36. Crazy Water 8,57 Tower Of Babel [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,57 38. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,56 Writing [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,56 40. Your Song [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,55 41. Song For Guy 8,54 42. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,49 43. Chloe 8,48 44. The Bitch Is Back [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,46 45. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night [Live With John Lennon From Here And There Disc 2] 8,46 46. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows [Live At Wembley Stadium 1975] 8,39 47. Candle In The Wind [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,37 48. Little Jeannie 8,31 Writing 8,31 50. Blue Eyes 8,30 Tower Of Babel 8,30 51. Elton's Song 8,22 52. Island Girl 8,21 53. Too Low For Zero 8,18 54. One Horse Town 8,16 55. The Retreat 8,14 56. Grey Seal [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,11 Take Me To The Pilot [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,11 58. Chameleon 8,10 Tell Me When The Whistle Blows 8,10 60. Crocodile Rock [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,06 61. Bennie And The Jets [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 8,05 Burn Down The Mission [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 8,05 Cage The Songbird 8,05 Sartorial Eloquence (Don't Ya Wanna Play This Game No More?) 8,05 65. Grow Some Funk Of Your Own 8,01 Love Song [Live With Lesley Duncan From Here And There Disc 1] 8,01 67. Daniel [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 7,99 Mama Can't Buy You Love 7,99 69. Border Song [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,95 70. One More Arrow 7,91 71. Bad Side Of The Moon [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,90 72. The Fox 7,88 73. Honky Cat [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,85 Kiss The Bride 7,85 75. Idol 7,79 76. Where Have All The Good Times Gone? 7,78 77. Country Comfort [Live From Here And There Disc 1] 7,77 Ego 7,77 79. Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance!) 7,76 80. Sugar On The Floor 7,75 81. Street Kids 7,74 82. Part-Time Love 7,72 83. One Day (At A Time) 7,67 84. All Quiet On The Western Front 7,66 85. Shine On Through 7,65 86. Just Like Belgium 7,61 87. You're So Static [Live From Here And There Disc 2] 7,60 88. Someone's Final Song 7,56 89. Feed Me 7,46 90. Nobody Wins 7,45 91. House Of Cards 7,44 92. Shine On Through [From The Complete Thom Bell Sessions] 7,43 93. Billy Bones And The White Bird 7,40 94. Crystal 7,38 Hard Luck Story 7,38 96. Planes 7,33 97. Strangers 7,28 98. Fanfare 7,23 99. Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future) 7,21 100. Two Rooms At The End Of The World 7,19 101. Georgia 7,18 102. Medley: Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly 7,17 103. White Lady White Powder 7,15 104. Dreamboat 7,12 105. Princess 7,12 Saint 7,12 107. Heels Of The Wind 7,06 108. Breaking Down The Barriers 7,04 109. Between Seventeen And Twenty 7,02 110. Madness 6,97 111. Three Way Love Affair 6,93 112. Return To Paradise 6,89 Shoulder Holster 6,89 Your Starter For... 6,89 115. Dear John 6,88 116. Lovesick 6,81 117. If There's A God In Heaven (What's He Waiting For?) 6,79 Where's The Shoorah? 6,79 119. Legal Boys 6,71 120. Chasing The Crown 6,69 121. It Ain't Gonna Be Easy 6,66 122. Ball And Chain 6,56 Religion 6,54 Spiteful Child 6,56 124. Out Of The Blue 6,53 125. I Don't Care 6,60 126. Earn While You Learn 6,52 127. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again 6,50 128. Give Me The Love 6,47 129. I Cry At Night 6,45 130. Theme From A Non-Existent TV Series 6,45 131. Boogie Pilgrim 6,40 132. Fascist Faces 6,36 133. Whipping Boy 6,35 134. Shooting Star 6,28 135. Nice And Slow 6,27 136. Reverie 6,19 137. Heart In The Right Place 6,09 138. Country Love Song 6,03 139. The Wide-Eyed And Laughing 5,98 140. Big Dipper 5,89 Take Me Back 5,89 141. Dear God 5,84 142. Flinstone Boy 5,77 143. Victim Of Love 5,69 144. I Am Your Robot 4,98 145. Thunder In The Night 4,63 146. Johnny B. Goode 4,43 147. Born Bad 4,25 148. Warm Love In A Cold World 4,10 149. Street Boogie 4,02 150. Spotlight 3,91
The world’s largest Fireworks Festival to be held In Montreal
Monday, July 4 2016
Every year, Montreal’s La Ronde proudly hosts the biggest fireworks festival in the world. This year there will be a special tribute to Elton John.
The International des Feux Loto-Québec is back again for its 32nd edition! The event will be taking place from July 2 to 30, 2016 and will feature some of the most legendary firework artists on the planet.
This year’s themes include: Heroes, video game characters, a musical ride, the joy of time and the wild west. There will also be a special tribute to Elton John on the final day (July 30, 2016)!
The best place to see the fireworks is of course from within La Ronde.
Celebrities pay homage to Carole King as she starts Hyde Park gig
Monday, July 4 2016
Elton John and Tom Hanks were among the famous faces who paid tribute to Carole King in a video as she came on stage to play her album "Tapestry" in its entirety for the first time ever.
The video celebrating 45 years of the album which won four Grammys was played before the 74-year-old singer songwriter came into the stage mouthing "Oh my God" to the 50,000 strong crowd as the sun set over Hyde Park in London.
Elton said: "She's the quintessential singer songwriter. I can't thank her enough because without her I would have never wanted to write songs. I always wanted to write songs like Gerry Goffin and Carole King."
Hanks added: "There wasn't a woman on the planet earth that, sometimes even your mum, who didn't take 'Tapestry' and hold the album to their heart and say this is real."
Other stars including Graham Nash, Lou Adler, James Taylor, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and David Crosby also sang King's praises before she came on stage to sing the first song of the album "I Feel The Earth Move."
King dedicated the second song "So Far Away" to her friend musician Taylor as she sang songs from the album in the order they appear.