Elton John In Concert

Legendary artist Elton John returns to the stage in a concert that includes his greatest hits and songs from his new album, "The Diving Board." The concert was filmed on September 11, 2013 at BBC’s famous Radio Theatre in the heart of West London.

“We will be exploring all options legally and factually and make a decision about anything at a later time.” Jackson’s lawyers depicted the company as being more concerned with the profits a successful concert run could generate than the singer’s well-being. Brian Panish, lawyer for Jackson’s mother, urged the jury to find that defendant AEG Live LLC and Jackson shared responsibility for hiring Murray, who is serving a prison sentence. AEG Live contends it was pressured by Jackson to hire Murray as his personal physician. Attorneys for the promoter argued that Jackson and Murray deceived the promoter by concealing that Jackson, who complained of chronic insomnia, was receiving the anesthetic propofol nightly in his home as a sleep aid. Panish urged the jury to find that AEG hired Murray without considering whether he was fit for the job. “Propofol might not be the best idea,” Panish said. “But if you have a competent doctor, you’re not going to die.” Panish contended that AEG executives including CEO Randy Phillips and co-CEO Paul Gongaware disdained Jackson and pointed to an e-mail in which an AEG attorney referred to Jackson as “the freak.” “They’re a money-making machine,” Panish said. “All they care about is how much money is this freak going to make for them.” Both executives were initially named as defendants but were dismissed from the case during the trial. Panish showed jurors details of a contract that was drafted by AEG Live but only signed by Murray. He said it proved that AEG wanted to control the doctor. AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam told jurors that Jackson insisted on hiring Murray despite objections from AEG Live. The company told Jackson there were great doctors in London, where his concerts would be held, but the singer insisted, Putnam said.

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We are thrilled to bring PBS viewers this fantastic concert special from one of the worlds great entertainers, said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming . Elton Johns songs are iconic and timeless, and his enormous appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds is a tribute to his singular genius. Produced by T-Bone Burnett , “The Diving Board” is Elton Johns first solo studio album in seven years, and features 12 new songs written with longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin , as well as three piano interludes composed by John. Its the simplest and most piano-driven record Ive ever made, John told BBC Radio 2 in an interview on September 11, 2013, the day of the concert. Taped before an audience of 300 fans selected to win tickets from over 79,000 hopefuls, “Elton John In Concert” includes these and other performances: Bennie and the Jets, Tiny Dancer, Home Again, Oscar Wilde Gets Out, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Levon, Rocket Man, I’m Still Standing, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) and Your Song. Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE , is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, John has played more than 3,000 concerts worldwide. John is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles . He has had 56 top 40 singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles. Elton John is on Facebook , and you can follow @eltonjohndotcom on Twitter. This program is part of our TV Membership Campaign. Support quality programming you depend on from KPBS. Join or renew today!

Concert hall celebrates 10th anniversary

In late November, 14 members of USC Thornton Symphony will partner with the Colburn School and the L.A. Philharmonic for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. James Conlon will conduct War Requiem by Britten as a part of the Britten 100/LA celebration at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and again at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. USC Thornton Symphony orchestra manager Josh Roach is excited to work with Conlon. Its a great opportunity for the students to work with a world-class conductor, James Conlon, gain exposure to one of the great choral-orchestral repertoire pieces of the 20th century, and perform in two fantastic venues: Disney and Segerstrom, Roach said. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be playing this concert as a part of their Sounds About Town series, one of their many concert series of the season. Another event that is sure to excite is the Tchaikovskyfest. An eight-part concert series, Tchaikovskyfest will include various educational events in Los Angeles and end with a grand finale with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. With larger-than-life intensity, music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct Tchaikovsky symphonies with the L.A. Philharmonic. As a young boy, I discovered Tchaikovsky through great recordings and he has had a very special place in my heart ever since, Dudamel said. In light of the L.A. Philharmonics 2012 Mahler Project, the orchestra will collaborate with partner orchestra Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the work of Tchaikovsky during their series beginning in February 2014. On top of a star-studded season, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is going a step further and is offering $10 tickets for select concerts throughout the season. Some of the selected dates include an All-Beethoven concert, an organ recital by Hector Oliver and a special Halloween treat: live organ accompaniment to the film The Phantom of the Opera.

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