Elton John dedicated his track 'Your Song' to his late mother at his first concert since her death
The 70-year-old performed the touching rendition of his 1970 ballad in Hamburg on Tuesday night and spoke about his mum’s role in its creation.
Explaining why he chose this song over other hits from his extensive catalogue, Sir Elton told the crowd: “I was thinking how I can pay tribute to her tonight and what song I should choose.
“Well, this next song I wrote at her house or her apartment. I can remember every single minute of writing this song with Bernie. So this is a song I want to dedicate to her.
"And it has taken me from nowhere to somewhere. So thank you, mum.”
Sir Elton John pays emotional tribute to 'lovely' Chester Bennington
Sir Elton John pays heartbreaking tribute after his mum passes away
Sheila’s death clearly came as a surprise to Sir Elton, who shortly afterwards revealed in a social media post: “So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe, Mum. Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton.”
Sheila’s death came just a year after she and Sir Elton had ended their nine-year feud.
Their almost ten year-long rift was reportedly because Sheila refused to cut off contact with two of her son’s friends Bob Halley and John Reid after he fell out with them.
DRINK TO THAT: Frank Bruno is fronting a pub-based campaign against seasonal loneliness
Frank Bruno's bid to tackle loneliness
Former boxing champion Frank Bruno is launching a campaign to tackle loneliness over Christmas by offering vulnerable people free lunches to encourage them to socialise.
The 56-year-old mental health campaigner has teamed up with Heineken and charities Opening Doors and Sound Minds for their Brewing Good Cheer campaign, which will see 50 lunches put on by pubs across the country.
Frank, who has fought his own battle with mental health issues, co-hosted a lunch at the White Horse pub in Brixton, south London, where he explained the campaign to us.
“Christmas brings people feelings of happiness but the Christmas songs and festivities can also be a reminder of loneliness,” he said.
"It is important to have places for these people to turn to and a place to find other people to spend time with.”
For more information visit neighbourly.com/brewinggood
Sarah Brightman performed at the Royal Christmas Gala in Berlin
Sarah Brightman takes the stage at Christmas Gala
Sir Elton wasn’t the only British singer taking to the stage in Germany, with Sarah Brightman performing at the Royal Christmas Gala in Berlin.
The 57-year-old soprano wore a red dress embellished with silver and crystals and a sparkly peacock-style headband for her performance.
Sarah is remembered fondly in Germany for her 1996 duet with Andrea Bocelli Time To Say Goodbye which became the biggest selling single of all time there.
Kate Garraway has become fixated with cosmetic surgery amid turning 50
Kate Garraway tempted to go under the knife
Kate Garraway says turning 50 made her so self-conscious she became fixated with cosmetic surgery.
“I did get a bit obsessed with plastic surgery but I’m not saying I never would,” admits the GMB host, who hit the half-century milestone in May.
“I haven’t tried Botox but I’ve done chemical peels and a course of treatments to strengthen facial muscles.”
Kate adds to Woman: “What woman doesn’t pull her face up to see how much younger she used to look?
“There is always a moment when you look in the mirror and although you have full war paint and blow-dried hair, you realise you don’t look the way you used to any more.”
She still looks pretty good from where we’re standing!
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Dame Barbara Windsor insisted she wants to return to EastEnders
Will Dame Barbara Windsor return to EastEnders?
Having played Peggy Mitchell for more than twenty years Dame Barbara Windsor admits she still hankers for a return to EastEnders in spite of the early starts.
“I have to say every now and again I think, ‘I used to get up at 6am.’
“Sometimes I think, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I was to get up at 6am and put my face on and go to work?’”,the 80-year-old told said at cancer research charity Bloodwise’s annual Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
“My life is different now. I have slowed down and I am enjoying things.
“I help a lot of charities. My business now is charity work.”