Nick Littlemore too busy chilling with Elton John to call Luke Steele

It was just last week that ITM reported on Empire Of The Sun ringleader Luke Steele’s dismay at performing the project’s debut live shows at Parklife without his partner in crazy Nick Littlemore. Although the news had been out for sometime that Littlemore would be off recording the next Pnau record while the good ship Empire set sail on its maiden journey, it was interesting to hear Steele’s thoughts on Littlemore’s departure, explaining that he hadn’t heard from the Pnau wiz for “five months” and flying solo with EOTS felt as though Littlemore had indeed “left him with the baby”.

In light of Empire Of The Sun’s massive success on the first leg of the Parklife tour (check the first photos here on ITM) the absent Dad himself, Nick Littlemore, has spoken out with his side of the story, explaining that he’s just been too busy swanning around the globe to get in touch with his beleaguered bandmate.

“I was recording in Atlanta and swimming with my phone in my pocket,” he explained to the NME about not giving Steele a call. “I’ve never managed to replace it”.

Dodgy excuses aside, Littlemore went on to divulge about what else has been keeping him busy, revealing that beyond the Empire Of The Sun realm, the producer has a slew of projects in the works.

“I’ve been working with Cirque du Soleil in Montreal and writing and recording the next Pnau album in London, Atlanta and New York with Peter Mayes,” he said. Littlemore also spoke at length about the band’s work with Elton John on the record, explaining what role the iconic piano man would play on the record. “We’re making a studio album with Elton John co-writing on some tracks. We met Elton in Australia and his manager has now become our manager.”

Littlemore also added that as well as having new Pnau material on the cards for 2010, he and Mayes area planning to re-enter the live arena with shows across the US later this year. “We’re fully in recording mode and will be playing New York, Miami and Mexico in November…which will be huge.”

Thanks for the update Nick! Is a homecoming tour (and possible make-up with Steele) too much to hope for?