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16 October 2019 09:49

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Sir Elton John reveals his huge disappointment at the remake of The Lion King

Pop legend Sir Elton John has told of his disappointment with the photorealistic remake of the hugely popular Lion King. Elton, 72, composed the numbers for the hit animated musical in the nineties. The star dished to GQ: "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. The soundtrack hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. I wish I'd been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn't really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect.

I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on withe The Lion King stage musical." Discussing what it takes to be a true music star, Elton said: "To be a star, you have to be a star for a long time and you have to do that by being a live performer. Elton John has seen Disney's 2019 photorealistic remake of The Lion King – and he's not a fan. The singer, who composed and performed songs for the original 1994 animated film, has called the remake a "huge disappointment". Although John returned to the studio to help adapt classics like 'Circle Of Life' and 'Hakuna Matata' for the new soundtrack, the singer believed that the live-action adaptation "messed the music up", he told British GQ in a new interview published October 14. "Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn't have the same impact," John said.

John also cited the new soundtrack's lack of commercial impact: "The soundtrack hasn't had nearly the same impact on the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the best-selling album of the year. "I wish I'd been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn't really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. However, the singer said that he was glad that the "right spirit" continues to "live on with the Lion King stage musical". John is currently promoting his new memoir, Me, which hit store shelves yesterday (October 15). He may have started out singing cover versions on cheap compilation albums, but Elton John went on to become the fifth highest-selling recording artist of all time.

Writing in his new autobiography, Me, Elton admits he spent his whole career "trying to show my father what I'm made of". "Although he didn't really come to the shows or write me a letter to say, 'well done', I don't think he knew how to," he explains. Both his parents were musically inclined - Stanley was a trumpet player with the Bob Miller band, while his mother, Sheila, would bring home new records every week on pay day. "Then Elvis Presley arrived on the scene and revolutionised things musically and socially, and then the 60s happened and all hell broke loose". "So when I changed my name and became Elton John, I just went off like an Exocet missile, and I had a great time.

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The story has been told a thousand times: The miraculous meeting with lyricist Bernie Taupin, a blue-touch-paper appearance at LA's Troubador club, and an unbeatable run of hit albums. Between 1970 and 1975, there were 11 in all, an astonishingly productive purple patch that generated classic singles like Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Tiny Dancer and Rocket Man - the latter of which unexpectedly turned Elton into a sex symbol. "He's going to be one of rock's biggest and most important stars," said the LA Times. He kept his word: The singer has now been clean for 29 years, during which time he's revitalised his career, married film producer David Furnish, written the hit soundtrack to the Lion King, launched the stage version of Billy Elliot and become father to two children, Zachary and Elijah. "I said to Bernie, 'I'm going around the world for three years, why don't I write? "You know, I wrote the whole of the Captain Fantastic album on the SS France, sailing from Southampton to New York, and I didn't have a tape recorder. "And I said, 'I'd like to go back and do that, instead of going into the studio and writing on the spot'. Like her, Elton would delve deep into his back catalogue, prioritising lesser-played cuts like Amoreena, Come Down In Time and Original Sin over fan favourites like Your Song or Rocket Man. In 1994, lives were changed forever when "Circle of Life" from The Lion King was shared with the world. The song was composed by Sir Elton John who later offered up a pop version of the soundtrack hit, and for decades its been embedded in the minds of Disney animated film fans worldwide. Twenty-five years later we've received an offering of a live-action, star-studded remake, and although the film has gone on to gross over one billion dollars at the box office, Sir Elton John still isn't impressed. The entertainment icon sat down with GQ and spoke about music, and when he was asked to share his thoughts on the new The Lion King film, he didn't mince words. "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn't have the same impact," he said. The soundtrack hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success." He also shared that he wanted to be more involved in the music-making process, but he was shunned from doing so. "I wish I'd been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn't really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect," he added. I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical." Sir Elton keeps his ear to the ground when it comes to rising artists from various genres, and he's quite knowledgable about what's currently trending on the charts. You can't be a star just by making records," he said. Elton John admits Disney's new live-action remake of "The Lion King" failed to live up to his expectations — because he doesn't think the film got the music right. Despite composing and singing the iconic songs in the 1994 original and reworking the songs (and even writing a new one) for the 2019 version, he was less than satisfied by what he saw onscreen. RELATED: Elton John Sings 'Circle Of Life' With 'The Lion King"s Broadway Cast For 20th Anniversary "The new version of 'The Lion King' was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up," he told the magazine. "Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn't have the same impact." According to Sir Elton, the original's "magic and joy were lost," which he says is borne out by the poor chart performance of the movie's soundtrack. RELATED: Sir Elton John Reunites With Tim Rice For 'The Lion King' Remake Soundtrack "The soundtrack hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year," he continued. "The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success." "I wish I'd been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn't really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect," he explains.