Elton John is to star in new TV ads marking what would have been the 40th birthday of slain journalist DANIEL PEARL.

The American war correspondent for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in February 2002.

Elton will appear in public service announcements which will air on what would have been Pearl's birthday (10OCT03) to mark the first DANIEL PEARL MUSIC DAY.

The journalist was a big fan of music education and played the violin, fiddle and mandolin. Elton was one of his musical heroes.

29/09/2003 21:04