Sir Elton John: George Michael changed the way music videos were made | Lifestyles
Sir Elton John has claimed George Michael ‘changed’ the way music videos were made.
The Wham! The star died on Christmas Day in 2016 aged 53 from heart disease and will be remembered as part of the new documentary ‘George Michael: Freedom Uncut’ – which will explore the story of his iconic ‘Freedom! ’90s’ video – and music legend Elton John claimed the video was a game-changer in music history.
Speaking in a teaser clip for the documentary, he said, “It completely changed the way videos were made. The video said it all. It was genius and it was a groundbreaking thing.”
The global event hits cinemas later in June 2022 and features appearances from a host of other famous faces including Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden, Tony Bennett, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell.
Model Naomi, 52, appeared in the music video alongside her fellow models and revealed George begged her to do the video to ensure other stars would follow.
She said: “George introduced him to me in LA and his exact words were ‘You’re the leader of the gang and unless you say yes the rest of the girls won’t.’ “”
Freedom! The “90” music video – which was directed by David Fincher and has been remastered in 4K as part of the celebrations – will be released in its uncut form ahead of the feature in cinemas around the world on June 22.
Following the event, George’s third studio album “Older” will be reissued on vinyl on July 8 as part of a box set that also includes an Upper vinyl, an essay telling the stories behind the album, and never-before-seen photos.