GroUp Entertainment is proud to present Two Rooms Live, a spectacular live theatre / concert experience celebrating the legendary songs of Elton John & lyricist Bernie Taupin. In a career that has spanned five decades, including fifty top-40 hits, and record sales of over 300 million, their songs have made Elton John one of the biggest and most influential artists of our time.
In 2017, Elton John and Bernie Taupin celebrated a rather stunning achievement: 50 years working together as a songwriting team.
Sir Elton John has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967. They have collaborated on more than 30 albums and sold more than 300 million records, making Elton one of the best-selling music artists in the world. They have more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles. Their 1997 single “Candle in the Wind” sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and U.S. singles charts.
For anyone who’s ever owned a radio, songs like; Your Song Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Nikita, Daniel, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word and The One have been masterfully etched into our hearts.
Without Bernie Taupin there would be no Elton John.
When I first started writing with Bernie [50 years ago this year] it was exactly the same as it is now: I would get a lyric, I would go away, and write the melody and play it to him … then the band come in and learn it and we put it down.
There are songs that, to this day, Elton thinks I’ve written about him when they’re actually about me.
If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good.
I’ve never had a writer’s block, but still I think: ‘Is it going to happen this time?’ You never know what you’re going to get; you just put your fingers on the keys and hope
I’m dealing with a guy that’s got more hooks than a tackle box.
I sat very properly in the control room. Elton walked in and said, “Are you the guy who writes the lyrics?” I said, “That would be me.” He said, “Let’s go have a cup of coffee. That was it
I never got to have a cool name. Lash La Rue. That would’ve been good
I just go to the studio and there are 24 lyrics [from Bernie Taupin] waiting for me and I look through them and see which one I want to start with, and then I try and write a song. I never, ever know what the lyrics are gonna be upfront
I just go into the studio, look at the lyrics for the first time when I put them on the piano, and go. If I haven’t got it within 40 minutes, I give up. It’s never changed, the thrill has never gone, because I don’t know what I’m going to get next.
Back in the seventies, when people were saying that “Madman Across the Water” was about Richard Nixon, I thought, That is genius. I could never have thought of that.