Friday, November 7, 2008

Elton to Write With Richard Fleeshman

He's duetted with the likes of George Michael and Kiki Dee, but now Elton John is to write songs with Manchester's very own Richard Fleeshman.

Elton personally invited 19-year-old Soapstar Superstar winner Richard to be his support act on his stadium tour over the summer - and has now arranged to meet at the end of November 2008 for a music jamming session.

It's something of a dream come true for Richard, as Sir Elton was his childhood idol and the man he credits for inspiring him to become a musician. Richard says: "Elton has been amazing, so supportive. We're going to be writing some songs together towards the end of this month. It's really nice of him to do it and we're just going to see what happens. Sometimes these things work, sometimes they don't. But, either way, it's going to be exciting.

"It's going to be amazing, because he was my hero growing up. I used to watch him and go, `I want to do that'. That was one of the reasons I wanted to learn the piano when I was so young. "We've never written together before, but he's been so supportive and lovely. It means such a lot when someone you admire so much takes an interest in you."

Former Coronation Street star Richard will also rejoin Elton for the December 2008 dates of his Red Piano tour - including two nights at the M.E.N Arena. Richard says: "I think the atmosphere will be amazing in the arena. I just can't wait. To finish on the 21st in Manchester, at the M.E.N, is pretty cool. It's coming home and it's going to be really great."

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