Hot On the Web This Wednesday: Elton John’s never been one for hand-holding and his approach to interventions isn’t for the faint of heart either. (Someone get this guy a reality show!) “The Rocket Man” is courting controversy after calling out pal Billy Joel on his alcoholism in an interview with the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Sure, Billy’s checked into rehab twice — once in 2002 and again in 2005 — to battle his addiction to booze, but Elton says those were no better than vacations to Club Med. The Brit, whose waged his own war against addiction — and won, is calling on his chum to check into a facility that fosters accountability and get serious about sobriety.
“At the end of the day, he’s coasting. I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy’s a conundrum. We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism,” Elton explains.
“He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. 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.”