05 August, 2012Reporter: Molly Meldrum
Producer: Erin Reimer
To mark the 40-year anniversary of the release of his enduringly popular single Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time), Sir Elton John has taken the celebrations global for a world tour. He’ll return to our shores in November for a very special run of shows, some in parts of Australia he’s never been.
Before that, though, he caught up with old pal Molly Meldrum backstage on tour for a pre-show chat about fatherhood, celeb feuds and his partner David.
Friends for decades, Elton was one of the first to call after Molly’s life-threatening accident eight months ago.
“You look great! Silly cow,” were among his first words to Meldrum as they met for the interview.
Elton was very much the proud dad, brandishing an iPad with photos and video of his young son Zachary, conceived via a surrogate mother and raised by he and long-term partner David Furnish.
“When I got sober, all good things started happening to me. It’s 19 years this October we’ve been together. He’s the person I was looking for all my life but tried too hard to find,” he said of Furnish.
This sense of peace contrasted sharply with Elton’s earlier explosive behaviour, infamously captured in the warts and all 1997 documentary Tantrums and Tiaras.
Elton said he credited Molly with trying to snap him out of his past destructive behaviour.
He’s not all inner peace, though – the mere mention of Madonna’s name was met with one of Elton’s trademark caustic sprays.“She’s such a nightmare. Her career’s over...and she looks like a f***ing fairground stripper. She’s been so horrible to Gaga,” he fumed. Gaga being, of course, Lady Gaga – Zachary’s godmother. Elton admitted that, with Zachary, he hoped to right some of the wrongs of his own father.“My dad never came to see me [in concert]. That really hurt, and it still does. I just wanted him to see that I was really good, but it never happened,” he sighed.
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