Elton John's next album is getting a name change and some new material.
In a news posting on his official website (www.berniejtaupin.com), Elton's longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin writes that, "Seeing that we're in no rush to get this record out there, we just felt the bug to get back in and cut some more material. We're pretty happy with what we've already laid down but there's always room for improvement. If you've got some good songs up your sleeve that can spice up the mix and enhance what's already there, it would be a shame not to make use of the free time."
The posting adds that "the feel and structure of the sessions will remain in harmony with the previous ones. The same musicians and the same piano, bass and drums blueprint will be maintained, with Elton's keyboards upfront and personal."
The album's title, however, has been switched from "The Diving Board" to "Voyeur," and a late May release "is still projected," according to the site. Elton is working on the album with Grammy Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett, who's likened it to the veteran hitmaker's early trio recordings.
Meanwhile, Elton will take a break from the "Voyeur" sessions to perform with a 70-piece orchestra at piano-maker Yamaha's 125th anniversary concert on January 25 at Disneyland's Hyperion Theater in Anaheim, California. The show will be streamed live over the Internet and also to the company's Disklavier instruments, whose technology allows Elton's own keystrokes to be recreated remotely in real time.