Arts and Entertainment Blink and you'll miss it: Medallion man Prince

Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

LETTER: Funeral song

Sir: There could be no finer funeral tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales than a specially modified "Candle in the Wind" sung by Elton John.

Television: Last Night

It was well into the morning before somebody (I think it was Lord Archer) made the obvious comparison with the death of President Kennedy. For most British citizens, though, the answer to the question of what they were doing when they heard the news would be identical - they were waking up to it, a familiar cliche of acceptance given a literal truth by the timing of her death. Those on screen had obviously had more time to absorb the tilt the dependable world had taken in the middle of the night but even they were still a little dazed. "You might not believe this," said Anne Davies on GMTV, summing up for new viewers, "but I'm afraid it is true." An hour later on the BBC Martyn Lewis also recapitulated for those who had just turned on their sets: "You are joining us for a special programme," he said, and then paused as though he couldn't quite credit what he was going to say next, "because the Princess of Wales has died."

Elton hits the old Brit road again

Elton John yesterday announced his first British tour for six years, which will take in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, two dates in Birmingham and two in London.

How the Shakers; became the lower divisions' Movers

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Football: Bury's rocket men

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Pop concerts that must dance to a different tune

Is it safe for children to attend pop concerts featuring "sexy dancing and sexy costumes"? Definitely not, says a Hong Kong urban councillor, Jennifer Chow, who is proposing a classification system, similar to that used for films, so that parents can be warned about what their children might see.

Elton to perform as the sun goes down on British rule

The magic combination of Elton John, Hong Kong's Urban Services Department and the fulfilment of the second Convention of Peking are coming together in June for celebrations to mark the handover of power in the colony. Elton is the first internationally famous star to have been firmly booked by the Urban Services Department for one of the concerts which will celebrate the transfer of power.

Fan's Eye View: No 197; Workington

There is something unique about the innocence of childhood and the naivete of early adolescence that provides you with a "taken for granted" view of the world. There were 92 teams in the Football League - and Workington were one of them.

Vic and Bob's bogus journey

On the road with Ulrika: 'Shooting Stars' conquers Cambridge. Plus, Tony Blair chooses his 'Desert Island Discs'; COMEDY

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THE EYE ON POP & JAZZ

Pop Live: Keys to your heart

The piano stool rules in Ben Folds' world, where Billy Joel jams with Nirvana. Ben Thompson sees his band play up the latest angle on the hip-to-be-square conundrum

JAZZ: Nikki Yeoh; St George's, Bristol

Solo jazz piano is an unforgiving art. Even the greats find it difficult to keep the ideas flowing through a long continuous improvisation, as with Keith Jarrett's celebrated Koln Concert, where much of the first half sounds like the work of a genius, while some of the second sounds like the work of Elton John. Yeoh (pronounced Yo) owes a sizeable debt to Jarrett; her fingers fasten on to those lilting, twanging bent-notes (adapted by Jarrett, perhaps, from Gary Burton's vibraphone technique) as surely as the master's. She even plays a Jarrett-style "Happy Birthday to You", the hackneyed tune made to resound with all the intensity of a religious experience. Elsewhere, she interpolates the chorus of the Coronation Street theme into a long improvisation that eventually emerges as a heart-stoppingly good version of "My Funny Valentine".

FA must avoid a moral crusade against Gascoigne

Despite the calls, England's coach should not make an example of his troubled midfielder, says Glenn Moore

Elton John documentary censured

A warts-and-all documentary which featured the singer Elton John unleashing a torrent of F-words about his clothes has brought a censure for the ITV company Carlton.
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