The pair graced the copertina di Varietà‘s Hitmakers issue, and opened up about their close bond and the ways in which the stars aligned to get them into the studio together.
“la adoro. She is incredibly talented — absolutely brilliant — and so professional. It’s a pleasure to be around someone who is so young, has done so much already and is so humble,” John said of Lipa. “She is also great fun, and we get on like a house on fire.”
“Cuore freddo (Pnau remix)” was released in August 2021 as the first single off John’s collaborative album Le sessioni di blocco, and hit No. 7 sul Tabellone Piccante 100. Conclude la sua didascalia, an updated take on John’s classic “Uomo razzo,” hit No. 1 in their native England, giving John his first British chart-topper in 16 anni.
Il “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” cantante, 75, and Lipa, 27, first met at an AIDS Foundation event, and John and his husband David Furnish later took the pop star out to dinner to present the idea of working together.
“My first answer was, 'Sì, assolutamente,’ but they were like, 'Bene, listen to it before you agree to it,'” ha ricordato di Varietà. “I was in Malibu writing for my new album, and they sent it to me very early one morning. We were on FaceTime — even though we’re friends, it’s still surreal being on FaceTime with Elton and David — and I remember I was in my bikini by the pool, wearing a cowboy hat for some reason.”
John suggested the “Pretty Please” singer listen to the track “ad alta voce” dalla piscina, and it took only a day or so for her to commit. They first sang the song live together at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, the final date of his farewell tour.
“When we recorded ‘Cold Heart,’ we had no idea the life it would have,” Lipa said. “I could have never imagined a night like this. It reminded me to never stop dreaming.”
Negli ultimi anni, John has become a mentor to other young artists like Lipa, Compreso Ed Sheeran e Fender stesso. Disse Varietà that his desire to help up-and-coming stars can be traced back to when he first came to the U.S., and received well wishes from stars like Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Brian Wilson and George Harrison.
“It was so kind for all of those people that I’d idolized growing up to take the time to say, ‘Well done,'” Egli ha detto. “It kind of ratified what I was doing. I was so blown away by it and so touched, and it’s been in my DNA ever since, that you must always ring up someone if they are doing good work.”