In January 2004 Elton John assembled his band at Tree Studios and Silent Sound in Atlanta Georgia to record his twenty-seventh album, By this point the Elton John Band had solidified, with longtime associates Davey Johnstone on guitars and vocals, and Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals, joined by Bob Birch on bass and vocals, John Mahon on percussion and vocals and Guy Babylon on keyboards. By this time, the latter 3 had worked extensively with Elton.
When it opened in 1955, Tomorrowland was one of the original four cardinal realms of Disneyland. (The others were Frontierland, Fantasyland and Adventureland.) Walt Disney's plan was for this land to represent "A vista into a world of wondrous ideas signifying mans achievements."
In May 1999 I saw a movie that would profoundly change my life. That movie was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It came out at the perfect time in my life like the film's protagonist Anakin Skywalker, I was 9 years old.
In Summer 2000, in Nice, France, Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin convened at Elton's home there to address what they considered a debacle; Elton's most recent catalog LP The Big Picture. According to Elton, he'd been thinking and reading about the praise being heaped on the duo's Tumbleweed Connection, their Band-inspired third album and reappraised his career as getting away from the goal of producing sturdy songs and consistent cohesive albums. At this new millennium summit, Bernie and Elton agreed that future albums would need to be albums they would both be happy to be associated with, admitting they had spent too many years releasing albums of varying levels of quality.
Considered by Lyricist Bernie Taupin to be the worst Elton John album who has dismissed it's production as abysmally cold and technical. The Big Picture came out during a difficult time for Elton. His good friend, fashion designer Gianni Versace whom the album is dedicated to was murdered earlier in 1997 and just a few months later another Elton friend, Diana Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris. In response to Diana's death Bernie Taupin wrote new lyrics to him and Elton's 1973 classic Candle in the Wind which Elton performed at the Princesses' funeral at Westminster Abbey. He then recorded it with Producer George Martin and it was released as a single and became the best selling single of all time though Elton himself would later become quite dis-enchanted with it.
Elton John went into the studio to record his 1995 album still riding high on the success of The Lion King, including his very own Academy Award. Armed with Bernie Taupin's latest set of lyrics, Elton brought in Greg Penny, best known as k.d. lang's producer, to co-produce the album with Elton himself at George Martin's AIR Studios in London.