What year did Elton write & record Lestat Demos?

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skylinepigeon
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03 Jul 2013, 04:31 #1

I've been wondering this for a while -- does anybody know what year Elton & Bernie wrote and recorded that double CD of Lestat Demos?
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03 Jul 2013, 09:28 #2

I'm guessing 2004/'05, though I'd have to lean towards either very late '04 or early '05, to be more specific...
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03 Jul 2013, 21:21 #3

Does anyone know how the timing of Lestat compared with the writing of Billy Elliott and TCATK?
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03 Jul 2013, 22:15 #4

Not certain about the exact dates, but was under the impression that PTR and Lestat were written very near the same time.  If I remember correctly, PTR had been recorded for about a year once it was finally released in late 2004.  I remember Elton mentioning something about that on "The View" while he was promoting it.
Check out this article from 2003 that implies some of the songs from Lestat were already written:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/07/theat ... -show.html

And here, which implies there was a reading of Lestat in 2003:
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/92 ... -Late-2005

And here:
http://www.luv4lestat.4t.com/catalog.html

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-ci ... _3472.html

I'm thinking he wrote a few songs for the Lestat project in early 2003 and then, later that year, recorded the two disc demo CD.  I'll ask around and find out for sure...
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04 Jul 2013, 03:26 #5

I believe there were TWO sessions for PTR - One in or around October 2003, and the other in or around January 2004... but if memory serves me right, Elton had actually cancelled the scheduled sessions with producer Patrick Leonard prior to them starting in Oct. 2003 and then just went ahead to record that album on his own (alongside Matt Still) beginning in early 2004.
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05 Jul 2013, 15:00 #6

Response from Davey on his QandA site on when PTR was recorded....



"I guess it was around 2003.
Lestat was much later, and Guy and me were the only ones involved, apart from EJ and our great engineer Matt Still."
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05 Jul 2013, 15:53 #7

The other day I happened to come across a press conference I shot that Elton did at his tennis exhibition in Boston in late September 2003, and he mentioned that he was just about done recording the demos for "Lestat", so the 2003 recording time frame sounds about right.
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05 Jul 2013, 17:05 #8

The Lestat demos were recorded very close to when Elton went into the studio for TCATK - so I think 2005. I can remember people commenting that his dramatic vocals on Lestat had spilled over too much into the TCATK sessions.

A couple of days ago, Davey was asked on his website about when PTR was recorded, and when Lestat was recorded. His answer was:

"I guess it (Peachtree) was around 2003.
Lestat was much later, and Guy and me were the only ones involved, apart from EJ and our great engineer Matt Still.
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06 Jul 2013, 05:41 #9

Thanks for all the responses.  Still sounds like there's some mixtures of opinion from 2003 - 2005.  I'm inclined to think 2003 from this collection of responses but it would be nice if there was a way to find out for certain.  Same with the Billy Elliot demos year, although I think I recall seeing that somewhere.
Also, I'm wondering if the Lestat original cast recording which was fully recorded will ever leak out somehow.
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18 Nov 2016, 15:49 #10

Billy Elliot The Musical: between January to March 2003, earlier than Lestat. elton wrote 20 songs for 2 weeks, 13 demos were recorded in fall 2004. during the 'Original Cast Recording' album.

Lestat: May 2003. elton worte 22 songs for 11 days, after Face To Face tour in 8th May 2003. also he wrote extra 2 song for Broadway Musical in Fabruary of 2006. (Right Before My Eyes and Beautiful Boy) but 18 demos were recorded in 2005. (not including 4 songs, and 2 extra song) don't know about exact dates, but i think it was somewhere in January/May/July.

Peachtree Road: January 2004. Originally elton planned to work with Patrick Leonard in September 2003, but the plan was changed and was postponed to January 2004. At the time, elton was tired for a while because he worked so quickly on Billy Elliot and Lestat. elton recorded 18 songs in January 2004. one remained unreleased. it's called "Black Cat Crossing The Peachtree Road".

The Captain And The Kid: January-April 2006. After finishing his honeymoon with David Furnish, elton started work immediately and worked in Atlanta for four months. elton recorded 11 songs.
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