Sir Elton John has unveiled plans to release an ambitious new album later this year, describing it as 'the most adult' release of his 40-year career.
The 65-year old star has once again joined forces with long-term song writing collaborator Bernie Taupin for 30th studio album 'The Diving Board', but it will only be his second without the backing of his regular band – the first being 1979 release 'Victims of Love.'
Elton in action (WENN)
The 13 track LP – his first since 'The Captain & the Kid' in 2006 – has been scheduled for release in September, with Elton calling it 'the most piano-orientated of my career.' '
'The Diving Board' is understood to embrace a mixture of styles including blues, gospel, jazz, pop, waltz and brass band music, and the singer admits it comprises 'everything I love about American music.'
Elsewhere Elton has been pencilled in to headline this year's Bestival on the Isle of Wight , also in September.