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Elton John & Taron Egerton Deliver Surprise Performance at 'Rocketman: Live in Concert'!

Jamie Bell, Taron Egerton, Elton John and Bernie Taupin happily pose backstage together while attending Rocketman: Live in Concert held at the Greek Theatre on Thursday (October 17) in Los Angeles.

Following a screening of Rocketman, in which the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra played live to the film, the film’s subject and star – Elton and Taron – hit the stage for an encore performance of “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” the film’s original song.

Also in attendance to show their support were Jamie‘s wife Kate Mara, director Dexter Fletcher, co-star Bryce Dallas Howard and music producer Giles Martin.

Elton John closed the evening with another performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me,” with John at the piano and Egerton on vocals.

READ MORE: Elton John Tells ‘Kimmel’ He Let Stevie Wonder Drive His Snowmobile!

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Elton John Tells 'Kimmel' He Let Stevie Wonder Drive His Snowmobile!

Elton John paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night (October 15) and revealed that he once allowed the famously blind Stevie Wonder to drive his snowmobile.

The 72-year-old entertainer brought up the story while discussing his new memoir “Me,” and sharing some of the funny moments from his life that he’s included in the book.

“We thought okay, that’s another rival gone,” Elton joked about Stevie Wonder getting behind the snowmobile by himself. “That’s him out the way. Just needed to get Phil Collins, Rod Stewart up there!”

Elton also talked about touring since he was 17, wanting to be home with his kids, playing charades at Neil Diamond‘s house with Bob Dylan, being a technophobe, not owning a cell phone, his love of paper shredding, and he weighs in on the shoe color debate.

READ MORE: Elton John Says ‘The Lion King’ Remake Was a ‘Huge Disappointment’!

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Elton John Says 'The Lion King' Remake Was a 'Huge Disappointment'

Elton John isn’t happy with how The Lion King remake experience turned out for him.

The “Yellow Brick Singer” singer opened up in an interview for British GQ‘s latest issue.

Elton worked on the original animated film soundtrack, and was involved in reworking the songs for the new version of the film. He also wrote a new song for the official remake’s soundtrack.

“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact,” he said.

“The magic and joy were lost. The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success. I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

READ MORE: Elton John Explains Why He’s Grateful For ‘Years of Sex & Drugs’

Elton John Explains Why He's Grateful For 'Years of Sex & Drugs'

Elton John strikes a pose on the cover of GQ Hype, available online now.

Here’s what the 72-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On why he decided to write a memoir now: “It’s the right time. I’m 72 years old and I thought it was a good time to reflect on my life as it’s in pretty good shape now. I’m doing the farewell tour, Rocketman has come out, so it made sense to follow all that with the book. I didn’t want to do a book when I was 30 or 40, because it wouldn’t have been as honest as it is now. This is the time in my life in which I’m the happiest, when I feel most contented.”

On his “excessive years”: “If I hadn’t gone through what I did then I wouldn’t have become the person I am now. So in a way, I’m grateful for those years of sex and drugs, although I despise looking back on them. I had a good time at the beginning, but at the end it was just awful. But if I hadn’t have gone through them, I wouldn’t be sitting here having the great life I have now. I would have never met David [Furnish]. I would never have had children. I spent 16 years getting fucked up and 29 years getting better.

On being a star: “To be a star, you have to be a star for a long time and you have to do that by being a live performer. You can’t be a star just by making records. That’s not going to happen. To be a star, you have to last for 50 years. You have to be a Barbra Streisand. You have to be a Paul McCartney. You have to be Sting. You have to be Fleetwood Mac. You have to be The Who. Christine And The Queens, in my opinion, is a huge star, but she hasn’t cracked it yet commercially. The only real star at the moment is Lady Gaga. She could have a career like Barbra Streisand if she wanted to. She’s got the ambition, she’s got the talent coming out of every pore of her body, so it’s up to her whether she wants it and I think she does want it.”

To see the full interview from Elton John, visit gq-magazine.co.uk.

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Elton John Praises Prince Harry & Meghan Markle for Their Fight Against Tabloid Press

Elton John is commending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their fight against the British tabloid media.

During a new interview, the 72-year-old music icon addressed the royal couple for deciding to take a legal stand against the British media.

“They were very upset that their phones had been hacked,” Elton shared with NPR. “I said, ‘Listen, you take the appropriate action you want to take. You have to know that when you take appropriate action like this, there are going to be consequences and people are not going to like it. But if you feel like you have an injustice…’ “

Elton continued: “I’ve always lived my life fighting injustice with the press. I like the press, there’s a need for the press, but sometimes they step out of their bounds. And hacking phones is not acceptable. If you phone is hacked, you’ve got to take action because the press cannot do that. So I have to say, ‘Bravo.’”

Earlier in the month, Prince Harry criticized British tabloids for their “ruthless campaign” against his wife amid a lawsuit against The Mail for publishing a private letter Meghan wrote to her father.

READ MORE: Hillary Clinton Defends Meghan Markle Regarding British Tabloid Treatment

Elton John Recalls the Moment He First Started Using Cocaine

Elton John is looking back at his life ahead of the release of his new memoir “Me” and he’s opening up about his struggles with addiction.

The 72-year-old entertainer opened up to NBC’s Harry Smith about the moment he first encountered cocaine.

“I saw someone doing cocaine and I said, ‘Well, what is he doing?’ and he said, ‘Well, it makes you feel free,’” Elton said. “And I thought, ‘Hmm, I was always on the outside looking in as far as, like, school and I was never a member of the gang, or whatever. So, I thought, ‘I’m going to try that.’”

“I liked it because I could talk,” he continued. “I was very shy, so I thought, ‘This is the drug that has opened me up. I can converse, I can be verbose.’”

Elton abused the drug for ten years until his friend Ryan White died from AIDS in April 1990. He became sober six months later and soon after launched the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

“When he died, being there in Indianapolis,” Elton said. “Coming back to the hotel and complaining about the wallpaper, the décor in the room, and thinking, ‘You are the most ungrateful little bastard. You complain about everything. This boy has never complained about contracting HIV and AIDS from a blood transfusion. He’s never complained, he’s only encouraged people…You are a piece of sh*t.’ And that’s what I felt about myself.”