New spin on Elton John hits

NEW YORK • Ed Sheeran will reinterpret Candle In The Wind, while Lady Gaga will give a new spin to Your Song.

Meanwhile, Little Big Town will fire up Rocket Man again.

The news will surely please fans of Elton John - who originally turned those songs into chart-busters and will also be honoured with a Grammy tribute concert to be broadcast on April 10.

The cover versions of his hits will fill two albums that are set to be released on April 6.

One album, Revamp, will feature artists in the pop, rock and urban genres, while the other album, Restoration, goes for a country feel.

"It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it," John was quoted as saying by trade portal Variety,

His long-time songwriting partner Bernie Taupin noted: "Because of our love of all kinds of music, we're not stuck in one genre. From day one, we borrowed from everything that's good about American music - whether it's blues, country, gospel, pop or pure rock - everything got thrown in the mix."

That diversity gets an airing on Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute, featuring stars such as Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Chris Martin and Sam Smith.

John, whose career spans five decades, recently announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour that will stretch over three years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'New spin on Elton John hits'. Print Edition | Subscribe