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Elton's New York Visit Consisted of TV Tapings And a Charity Evening

Thursday 10 February 2011 @ 17:31 - GMT

Elton appeared on the February 9 episode of the Late Show With David Letterman and told the host that he and Leon Russell would be doing more dates in 2011.

After talking about his hero and new baby, Elton returned, with Leon, to perform Hey Ahab from The Union album.

The Rocket Man also was seen on this morning's Today Show as well as on Regis and Kelly. He discussed the problems in making Gnomeo and Juliet on the former, but did not take the stage. On Regis and Kelly, Elton sang Crocodile Rock. He also mentioned  appearing at the latest amFAR gala and having trouble hitting his original high notes during That's What Friends Are For. 

The song had been released as an AIDS charity single in the eighties. Elton, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick sang it again at last night's event held at Cipriani Wall Street, and some footage of this can be seen at

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=795.

The singers entertained 750 guests, including Rosie O'Donnell, Iman, Kenneth Cole, Richard Gere, Al Roker, and Alan Cumming, who dined on chilled lobster and filet of beef.

Former President Bill Clinton, actress Elizabeth Taylor and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg were honoured with the organisation's annual Awards of Courage for their leadership in the fight against AIDS.

Taylor did not attend, so Elton accepted her accolade on her behalf.