Elton John and Leon Russell together onstage for BBC Electric Proms in October

Sir Elton John is set to appear alongside legendary US singer-songwriter Leon Russell at the BBC Electric Proms in October.

The duo will perform live – at separate pianos – on Thursday, October 28 at London’s Roundhouse. The set will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, with highlights from the concert forming the centre piece of A Night In With Sir Elton John on BBC Two on October 30. The “night in” will also include behind-the-scenes footage from the Roundhouse gig and a new documentary about Sir Elton’s life and music.

Sir Elton – who has sold over 250 million records in a career spanning four decades – is expected to play classic tracks from his back catalogue. He will also perform new songs from his forthcoming studio album with Leon Russell, The Union, which will be released by Mercury Records on October 25.

“I’m delighted to be kicking off this year’s BBC Electric Proms,” says Sir Elton, “particularly as I’ll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes. The performance will feature other very special guests and some memorable moments.”

Leon Russell, now 68, collaborated with Sir Elton in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was also responsible for classic songs such as ‘Delta Lady’ (a huge hit for Joe Cocker in 1969) and The Carpenters’ Grammy-nominated hit ‘Superstar’ in 1971.

The Elton John/Leon Russell album, The Union, features guest appearances by Brian Wilson, Booker T, Don Was and Neil Young. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett and is accompanied by documentary footage shot by filmmaker Cameron Crowe.

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