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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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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…