The actor playing Elton John, Taron Egerton, has recorded a version of Elton John’s classic track “Rocket Man” for use in the soundtrack to the upcoming Elton biopic of the same name.
The film has been described as a “musical fantasy” by director Dexter Fletcher, and it follows Elton John’s “transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into an international superstar.”
Elton said in a press release: “It was so important that the music I composed and recorded had to be sung by Taron. I wanted his interpretation of me, through Bernie [Taupin]’s lyrics and my music – not just acting. I left Taron in the hands of [producer and composer] Giles Martin, who I trusted implicitly because he’s brilliant.
“I didn’t want to be in Taron’s shadows, watching over the process. I trusted them to do what they needed to do, artistically, and, listening back, I’ve been astonished with the results. Getting the music right was the most important thing, as the songs in the film are integral to the story.”
‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’ will be released on May 24th via Virgin EMI. This will follow on two days after the film’s official release, and as you might expect, the soundtrack will feature some of the star’s biggest hits reinterpreted and reimagined by Giles Martin and sung by Egerton.
Elton trust in Egerton is total, for the soundtrack, a brand new song called “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” has been written by John and long term songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and the track will feature both John and Egerton.
Check out the full track-listing for ‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’below:
‘The Bitch Is Back (Introduction)’
‘I Want Love’ ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’
‘Thank You For All Your Loving’
‘Rock & Roll Madonna – Interlude’
‘Take Me To The Pilot’
‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’
‘Pinball Wizard – Interlude’
‘Bennie And The Jets’
‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down – Interlude’
‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’
‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’
‘I’m Still Standing’
‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’