Elton John has tough words for Billy Joel: “We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism.”
Elton John and Billy Joel have had wildly successful tours together over the years and I can tell you that they are one heckuva duo! I saw them together in San Diego in the mid-90s and it remains one of my favorite concerts ever.
But I have a feeling we won’t be seeing these two touring any time soon after Elton’s remarks this week saying Billy is an alcoholic in need of some tough rehab.
At the end of the day, he’s coasting,” Elton tells Rolling Stone. “I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me. … Billy’s a conundrum. We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism.”
Added Elton: “He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light,” the singer told the mag. “When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love.”
Joel responded earlier today: “I’ve worked with Elton for such a long time and I’ve enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him,” Joel told Gossip Cop. “Elton is just being Elton.”