When we learned of this collaboration, we decided to visit the WNEW archives and see what we could find. Elton was a regular at NYC radio station WNEW, and Leon had visited the station as well. Check out these classic interviews!
Elton on older people enjoying contemporary music in 1976:
Elton introducing a Leon Russell song on WNEW in 1980:
Elton talking [lastfm]Beastie Boys[/lastfm] in 1988–notice “Bennie And The Jets” in the background, sung not so admirably by the Beastie Boys themselves:
Elton discussing the state of radio in 1988:
Leon Russell jamming during his visit to WNEW in 1992:
Bonus: Watch a short video on the making of Union:
Elton and Leon are taking Union on the road, so keep your eyes on tour schedules. Also watch for a coming Cameron Crowe-filmed documentary on the making of Union.
Read more about Union on Street Date.
Listen to more interviews from the vaults of WNEW.