This year’s most eagerly anticipated soundtrack is released today: Elton John’s epic musical fantasy ‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’.
Released in celebration of Rocket Pictures, MARV Films and Paramount Pictures’ release in UK cinemas now, it sees celebrated producer and composer Giles Martin re-interpreting and re-imagining Elton’s iconic hits, tailoring the music specifically to support the narrative of the upcoming major motion picture, with a truly show stopping vocal performance from lead actor Taron Egerton.
To celebrate the release of ‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’, previously unseen footage from Elton’s legendary Dodger Stadium shows has been unveiled for the first time. Taking place over an Autumn weekend in 1975, the performances saw Elton play two shows to over 110,000 people in two marathon sets of flying piano stools, baseball bats and unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll abandon. The riotous performance of ‘The Bitch Is Back’ (watch above), sees Elton joined on stage by Tennis superstar Billie Jean King. He was the first musical act to perform there since The Beatles nine years earlier, and at that time these were the largest concert events ever by a single artist, cementing Elton’s place at the very top of his game. The performance from Dodger Stadium was recently recreated to stunning effect by Taron Egerton in the epic musical fantasy ‘Rocketman’. Watch Taron’s performance of ‘Rocket Man’ below.
‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’, a brand new song written especially for ROCKETMAN by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and performed by Elton and Taron Egerton, was premiered earlier this month. Listen here.
‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ is co-produced by Giles Martin and Greg Kurstin, and was recorded at London’s AIR Studios and Echo Studio, Los Angeles. Taron’s interpretation of ‘Rocket Man’, and Elton and Taron’s ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again)’ are both available to stream now.
Tasked with taking Elton’s unparalleled back catalogue and reimagining it to fit the film’s narrative, Giles Martin worked closely with the filmmakers, supervising all of the music for the production and pulling a vocal masterclass from Taron in the studio. From transforming ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’ into an epic ensemble piece, to morphing ‘I Want Love’ into a heart-breaking moment of conflict around little Reggie’s family meal, each track has been sculpted to form a unique part of the narrative of this most incredible of stories. The soundtrack also contains a brand new Elton John and Bernie Taupin composition ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ performed by Elton and Taron Egerton. The album is produced by Giles Martin (except (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ co-produced by Giles Martin and Greg Kurstin). Executive Album Producers are Elton John, David Furnish, Matthew Vaughn and Dexter Fletcher.
Paramount Pictures presents, in association with New Republic Pictures, A Marv Films/Rocket Pictures production ROCKETMAN, an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Released in cinemas around the world from 22nd May, the film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s then manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother. ROCKETMAN was directed by Dexter Fletcher, written by Lee Hall and produced by Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling and David Reid.
‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’ is out today on Virgin EMI Records / Universal Music Group.