Elton John, Leon Russell release 'Bad' single

Duo's 'Union' album due Oct. 19, tour planned for 2011

Elton John and Leon Russell have issued the first single from their forthcoming collaborative album, "The Union," due Oct. 19 on Decca Records.

Titled "If It Wasn't for Bad," the song features vocals from both musical legends as well as John on piano.

Produced by T-Bone Burnett, "The Union" is John and Russell's first collaboration since 1970. In July, John said the album was an attempt to move away from pop music and "be mature" with his work, and that he hopes the disc brings more exposure to Russell's solo recording career.

The pair also worked with songwriter Bernie Taupin and brought in Neil Young and Brian Wilson to guest on the album. John said he plans to tour with Russell next year as well.