The 'Rocket Man' superstar is renowned for being inspired by Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in his early career to help shape his sound, before the two became fast friends. However, they then fell out over some somewhat controversial comments made by Bowie in an interview.
“David and I were not the best of friends towards the end," Sir Elton told The Evening Standard. "We started out being really good friends. We used to hang out together with Marc Bolan, going to gay clubs, but I think we just drifted apart."
He continud: “He once called me “rock’n’roll’s token queen” in an interview with Rolling Stone, which I thought was a bit snooty. He wasn’t my cup of tea. No; I wasn’t his cup of tea.”
However, Sir Elton did pay tribute to Bowie and the way that he handled his final months, adding:
“But the dignified way he handled his death, I mean, thank God. I knew he’d had a heart attack on stage in Berlin years ago, but not about the cancer. Everyone else take note of this: Bowie couldn’t have staged a better death. It was classy”.
Speaking of the impact of the news when he first heard it, Sir Elton said: “I was in Los Angeles, asleep. It was 3am and the phone rang. It was David [Furnish, Elton’s partner of 23 years and now husband]. I immediately panicked, as when you get a phone call at three o’clock in the morning you think something is wrong.
“I thought of the kids, something has happened to the kids. And David said, ‘I thought I better let you know, David Bowie has died’. And I was shocked… I couldn’t go back to sleep”.
Elton John's new album, Wonderful Crazy Night, is out now. His upcoming tour dates are below. For tickets and information, visit here.
Fri June 10 2016 - LINCOLN Showground
Sat June 11 2016 - LEICESTER County Cricket Ground
Tue June 14 2016 - LIVERPOOL Liverpool Echo Arena
Sun June 19 2016 - EXETER Westpoint
Sun June 26 2016 - WOODSTOCK Blenheim Palace
Wed July 06 2016 - HENLEY ON THAMES River and Rowing Museum
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