by Stephen Kelly, GuySpy Pop Culture Blog
Sir Elton John will be performing double duty on the April 2 edition of Saturday Night Live when he hosts and performs as musical guest with Leon Russell. It will be Elton’s first SNL appearance thirty years.
His last SNL appearance came in 1982 in an episode hosted by Johnny Cash where he performed the songs “Empty Sky” and “Ball and Chain.”
The announcement came Sunday at John’s Oscar viewing party that benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation held annually in Los Angeles. At the party, a VIP package for two to SNL’s April 2 show and cast after party went to a winner with a $75,000 auction bid.
These are busy times for the seemingly ageless Elton. He and his partner David Furnish became parents late last year, and “Gnomeo and Juliet,” the movie they co-produced, finished first at the box office this weekend after three weeks of being in release. Elton wrote the music for the film.
The singer is also reportedly working on a biopic on his life with ‘Billy Elliot’ partner Lee Hall and a stage version of George Orwell’s classic “Animal Farm.”
“I’d just like to make a really great film about my life story,” says John of the proposed film. “Obviously, it’s not going to be your normal, run-of-the-mill film because my life has been kind of crazy — and I think it’s important to do a kind of surrealistic take on my life.”
He adds, “It will be more of a fantasy, ‘Moulin Rouge’ type of stuff. My life’s been so surreal from buying a football club to God knows what.”
John has also performed a song with Glee’s Matthew Morrison to be featured on the latter’s upcoming solo album. Speaking last week at a gay marriage fundraiser, John was enthusiastic about working with Morrison.
“I just did it! It’s a duet,” he told Parade Magazine. “It’s a medley of ‘Mona Lisas and Madhatters’ going into ‘Rocket Man.’ It’s great, really fantastic. He sings great on it.”
As if that weren’t enough, Gleeks will be pleased to hear that EJ is this close to appearing on the hit Fox show. Reports say that John and series creator Ryan Murphy have met to discuss the possibility of a possible appearance by the legendary singer.
John has already expressed his desire to appear on an upcoming episode. “I love ‘Glee!'” he said. “I would love to be on ‘Glee,’ but you have to be asked to be on ‘Glee.'”