Rod Stewart says Elton John farewell tour 'stinks' and is 'dishonest'

Mike P Williams
·Contributor

Sir Rod Stewart has blasted Sir Elton John’s extravagant farewell tour, branding it ‘dishonest’.

Speaking on US chat show Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the singer, 73, blasted the Rocket Man icon, 70, after he announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour that’ll span three years and cover an incredible 300 dates.

He deemed Elton’s last ever tour insincere, saying he got in touch: ‘I did email her [Elton] and said, “What, again dear?” And I didn’t hear anything back!’

Speaking to host Andy Cohen, 49, Stewart called Elton ‘dishonest’, saying: ‘If I retire, I won’t make an announcement. I’ll just fade away. I don’t think this is a big deal, it stinks of selling tickets.’

Sir Rod has some honest words for Sir Elton. (PA)
Sir Rod has some honest words for Sir Elton. (PA)

Fellow guest and music legend Cyndi Lauper, 64, piped up on the matter, defending the Candle in the Wind songwriter, claiming she thought it was ‘not a bad idea’. To which Stewart replied: ‘It’s dishonest. It’s not rock and roll.’

He later spoke about the moment Elton recently became irate after fans got too close to his piano whilst performing: ‘I don’t mind it,’ he said. ‘I love people coming up on stage, it’s a laugh. But can see why he was p***ed off with it.’

‘I’ve had people come on stage and nearly had my teeth knocked out!’

At the end of January, the music icon announced that he was quitting the touring scene with a three-year farewell tour. It was an event in itself, with a live performance from New York and an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper to mark the occasion.

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