Elton John has teamed up with John Lewis & Partners for a new Christmas commercial titled “The Boy and the Piano.” The company said in a statement, “this year’s story is about the power of a gift, and how that gift inspired, changed and influenced the course of a little boy’s life. The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.” The two-minute commercial begins with the 71-year-old John playing the piano at home, then follows him as he plays his hit song, “Your Song,” at various points in his life—in stadium arenas, private planes, recording studios, school auditoriums and other venues. Check out the heart-warming commercial in the link below.
Queen’s 1975 single “Bohemian Rhapsody” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a third time this week. This marks three separate decades that the classic song has climbed onto the charts. This rare occurrence was previously achieved by only Prince’s “1999,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and a number of seasonal songs and Christmas tracks, according to Billboard. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” was featured on Queen’s fourth album A Night at the Opera, and was first released in October 1975. It reached No. 9 in 1976, and peaked at No. 2 after the released of the movie, Wayne’s World, in 1992. Now with the release and huge success of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, it has sent the soundtrack album to No. 3, Queen’s highest chart position since 1980. Bohemian Rhapsody is currently playing in theaters now.
Limp Bizkit has been promising for years that they were going to release an album called Stampede Of The Disco Elephants, as the follow-up to 2011’s Gold Cobra. And now it seems like it’s finally happening, though perhaps with a new name. According to guitarist Wes Borland’s Instagram account, Limp Bizkit is hitting the studio this week to record. Borland said on Insta: “we would have started last Saturday but were displaced by the fires and lost some gear. Getting back on our feet and in the studio within the week.” Borland, as well singer Fred Durst, were impacted directly by the wildfires currently ravaging California. Borland’s pedalboard, two guitars, two amps, a cabinet, more pedals and other miscellaneous pieces of equipment were were lost in a house fire; and Durst shared the news that his house was lost as well.
Last month, Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, called on their fans to help create their new live music video during the band’s two-hour show on the final date of their fall U.S. headlining tour at the Palladium in Hollywood. Fans shot live footage of the concert via the Cinebody app, which was assembled by director and editor Clifton Collins to create the final video. Said Slash, “it was great to involve the fans to make this video. They did an awesome job! Having Clifton shoot as well as edit it all together was just perfect.” You can watch the video for “Mind Your Manners” in the linked article below.
Dave Grohl is doing his part to support the California firefighters trying to contain the California wildfires. On Monday night, the Foo Fighters frontman opened his kitchen to Fire Station 68 in Calabasas, California. The firehouse captioned an Instagram post: “It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl. He also treated us to some of his own @BackBeatBBQ. Thanks Dave! It was excellent!” Grohl’s Backbeat BBQ account also shared a snapshot from the night adding, “To all the @LosAngelesFireDepartment and @LACountyFD heroes we met last night… thank you. It was an honor to cook for you.” Since last week, wildfires have been rampant in the SoCal area, with it now been deemed the deadliest wildfire in history. The death toll has reached 42 with over 200 reported missing.