The two have worked together on the new album, The Union, which will release October 19, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sir Elton John and Russell's first single, "If It Wasn't for Bad," is out now, available digitally. The Union features the piano work of Mr John and Mr Russell in a sort of dueling pianos as they work a list of R&B, soul, gospel, pop, country, and rock tunes.
The two will hit the stage on the upcoming tour with their own bands, which includes guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Bob Birch, percussionist John Mahon, keyboardist Kim Bullard and drummer Nigel Olsson for Elton with bassist Jack Wessel, guitarist Chris Simmons, drummer Brandon Holder and guitarist Beau Charron supporting Russell.
For now, the Palladium date is the only concert date announced on the upcoming “Union” tour. We expect more dates to be announced shortly.
ELTON JOHN / LEON RUSSELL UNION Tour Itinerary-
16 Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
19 Beacon Theatre, NYC, NY
24 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA (Bridge School Benefit concert)
28 - London, United Kingdom - The Roundhouse
3 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
5 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena
6 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
12 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
13 Fort Worth, TX Convention Center / Arena
20 Daytona Beach, FL Ocean Center
21 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center