Elton John On His Kanye West Collaboration, And Billy Joel’s Alcoholism

Elton John On His Kanye West Collaboration, And Billy Joel’s Alcoholism (photo)

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Sir Elton John talked with Rolling Stone for their latest issue for a wide ranging conversation about his remarkable career. The Rocket Man dropped a lot of names, including Groucho Marx, Kanye West, and also decided to air some of his dear friend, Billy Joel’s dirty laundry out in public.

“We’ve had so many canceled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism,” John said, and then addressed Billy Joel directly in the interview. “I love you, Billy, and this is tough love. Billy, you have your demons and you’re not going to get rid of them at rehab light. You’ve got to be serious. People adore you, they love you and respect you. You should be able to do something better than what you’re doing now.”

Joel responded to the embarrassing comments, saying “I’ve enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him. Elton is just being Elton.”

Discussing the most unforgettable moments of his career, John cited, “Hanging out with Groucho Marx. Meeting Mae West. Neil Diamond introducing me at the Troubadour…. When George Harrison sent me a telegram saying, ‘Well done, congratulations,'” Sir John went on, “When I met Bob Dylan at the Fillmore East. He was standing on the staircase and he tells Bernie, ‘Oh, I really like the lyrics to ‘Ballad of a Well-Known Gun,’ and Bernie goes [fakes heart attack]. There’s nothing like when your heroes rubber-stamp what you’re doing.”

He also shared a precious 41-year-old memory of a late night with Neil Young. “In 1970, Neil Young came to my apartment and played the whole ‘After the Gold Rush’ album on my piano until three in the morning. How are you ever going to forget that?”

Speaking of piano, Elton John played one and sang on Kanye West’s last album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” on the track “All of the Lights.” “I ran into him in Honolulu last January,” John explained. “He’s a stone-cold genius. He’s like Miles Davis meets Frank Zappa. ‘808s & Heartbreak’ is the sexiest record since ‘What’s Going On.’ He played us the track for ‘All of the Lights’ and it was fucking amazing. It’s like, ‘Wow, this is something else.’ I mean, he sampled Bon Iver! That’s his genius. His new album is a masterpiece.” [Rolling Stone]

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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