Elton John covers Rolling Stone and talks Billy Joel, helping Eminem with rehab, and working with Kanye West ….
Elton John did a great interview with Rolling Stone magazine this month. Aside from covering the issue, Elton John sat down with the editors and did a interview where he talked about working with Kanye West, helping Eminem get sober, and Billy Joel’s “fancy” rehab treatment center.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
On helping Eminem:
Rolling Stone:You’ve helped Eminem on his path to sobriety
Elton John: I love him. I don’t see much of Marshall, but we speak alot. He’s really worked very hard (at sobriety), and its changed him so much. I just saw a picture of him in a magazine, and he looks like a 17 year old boy. I’m so happy for him.
Rolling Stone: What do you guys talk about?
Elton John: We have such a laugh. We call each other cunts. I ask him how he’s doing and tell him how proud I am of him. He’s got a great sense of humor. When David and I had our civil partnership , he sent us a present. In a case, were two diamond cock rings. So there’s a homophobe for you (laughs).
On Lady Gaga:
Rolling Stone: Do you see yourself in Lady Gaga?
Elton John: Theres about five years you have when you can do no wrong, and you work on adrenaline. That was me from ’70- ’75. we did two albums a year, at least, seperate singles, B sides, radio and TV interviews, touring, and it was never work. It was just joyous, at the peak of creativity. Its a magic time.
Thats what Gaga’s going through. Ive heard her new album. Its amazing. The first single, “Born This Way,” is the anthem thats going to obliterate “I Will Survive.” I cant think of how huge its going to be.
On Billy Joel staying in fancy rehab clinics:
Elton John: Everytime Billy Joel has gone to rehab, they’ve been rehab light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes where they have TV’s.
On working with Kanye West:
Elton John: I still love pop charts, and I still love pop music, but I dont have to try to compete. Being on the Kanye West record is enough for me.