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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Elton John HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Gnomeo & Juliet"  photo
Gnomeo & Juliet
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Jan 21, 2011
Elton John – Gnomeo & Juliet
Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills

Q1: What was it like to go back and revisit some of your classic songs? You have such a huge collection of music. How did you decide what to use and what not to use?
EJ: Well originally it wasn't going to be all my music, but when Dick Cook at Disney Studios really got hold of this project and suggested we wrote new songs for it and it should be a whole Elton John/Bernie Taupin back catalog thing. I thought it was maybe a good idea; I'd never done that before. I enlisted the help of James Newton Howard, who's the arranger, and a very famous arranger in this town, who actually used to be in my band, so I had a great relationship with him. There was one obvious song that would fit in the movie which is "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" for the lawnmower race, and that wasn't my idea, that was – I think Kelly's idea. And from that point on I really just handed it over to James and the rest of the team to...

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