Elton John: 'My new album is my most exciting record in a long time'

The Rocket Man talks up his new record 'The Diving Board'

Elton John has promised that his new album is his "most exciting" record in a long time.

Talking to Rolling Stone, The Rocket Man revealed that he hadn't initially been excited about working on the new LP, which is titled 'The Diving Board' and is set for release this autumn, but was now "psyched" about the album.

Speaking about the sound of the album, he described it as:
The most exciting solo record I've done in a long, long time.

He also revealed that he had been so unenthusiastic about the initial recording sessions on the LP, which is the follow-up to his 2010 effort 'The Union', that he had ignored a set of lyrics given to him by long-term cohort Bernie Taupin. "I was due to go back into the studio, but I didn't know whether I wanted to go back in so quickly," he said. "I was on holiday and didn't even look at them [the lyrics]."

He went on to add: "It just came flooding out. Quickest record I've ever made. I'm as psyched about it as I was with 'The Union'. As I said with 'The Union', I had to go back to go forward, and it's the same with this record."

Elton John is set to tour the UK this summer, with the singer recently announcing that he will become the first artist play a gig at Tower Festival Headland, a new seated venue near Blackpool Tower on the Lancashire town's seafront, on June 16.

He will play:

Taunton Somerset Country Cricket Club (June 3)
Harrogate Great Yorkshire Showground (5)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (7)
Chesterfield B2NET Stadium (9)
Falkirk Stadium (10)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (13)
Birmingham LG Arena (15)
Blackpool Tower Festival Headland (16)


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Earlier this year, John reignited his war of words with Madonna after telling the singer to "lip-sync good" ahead of her Super Bowl halftime show on February 5. This followed comments from John's civil partner David Furnish, who described Madonna's Golden Globes victory as a "fluke", although he later claimed that the spat had been "blown way out of proportion".
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