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Sir Rod Stewart falls out with Sir Elton John after criticising his latest tour

Sir Rod Stewart falls out with Sir Elton John after criticising his latest tour as a ‘money grabbing’ exercise

  • Sir Rod and Sir Elton have had what might be called a competitive relationship 
  • Sir Rod said Rocketman did not compare favourably to Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Said Bohemian Rhapsody was ‘great’ but Rocketman hadn’t ‘quite lived up to it’

They have been friends and chart rivals for more than half a century but now Rod Stewart and Elton John have fallen out – over the Rocketman star’s ‘money-grabbing’ farewell tour

They have been friends and chart rivals for more than half a century but now Rod Stewart and Elton John have fallen out – over the Rocketman star’s ‘money-grabbing’ farewell tour.

Sir Rod, 74, revealed the pair’s rift during a radio interview, saying: ‘I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. We’ve had a spat.’

Asked why they had clashed, the Maggie May singer responded: ‘Because I criticised his tour as being money-grabbing.’

Not content to leave it at that, Sir Rod attacked the Elton biopic Rocketman, saying it did not compare favourably to the Freddie Mercury film Bohemian Rhapsody.

He described the Oscar-winning movie as a ‘great rock ’n’ roll film’ but said witheringly of Rocketman: ‘I don’t think this quite lived up to it.’ He also called some of the dancing ‘a bit Mamma Mia’.

Sir Rod and Sir Elton, 72, have long had what might be called a competitive relationship, with the pair taking potshots at each other at regular intervals over the decades.

They became friends in the 1970s and Elton soon proved he was alright for fighting when, after seeing Rod had placed a banner outside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas reading ‘Blondes have more fun’, matched him with one over the road stating: ‘But brunettes make more money.’

In 1985, two years after they appeared in a joint interview saying they were ‘actually very good friends’, Elton got a sniper to shoot down huge football-shaped balloons advertising a gig for Rod, which had been floating above Earls Court in London.

So apparently affectionate were they that the veterans even had pet names for each other – Elton was Sharon to Stewart’s Phyllis.

But that might just have been a friendly facade.

Sir Rod, 74, revealed the pair’s rift during a radio interview, saying: ‘I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. We’ve had a spat.’ Pictured: Elton John and Rod Stewart after a London concert in 1978

Sir Rod, 74, revealed the pair’s rift during a radio interview, saying: ‘I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. We’ve had a spat.’ Pictured: Elton John and Rod Stewart after a London concert in 1978

When Elton was knighted in 1998, Rod responded: ‘Sharon’s been knighted. I don’t know why I haven’t been… I do my bit for charity.’

It took another 18 years for his contributions to be recognised in the honours list.

Their latest disagreement has been brewing for some time.

Last year Rod told an American chat show that he thought his rival’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour ‘stinks of selling tickets’ and ‘is not rock ’n’ roll’. He revealed: ‘I did email her [Elton] and said, “What, again dear?” And I didn’t hear anything back.’

But Rod’s carping might be due to him not being number one – in cash terms at least.

While he is worth an estimated £190 million, Elton’s wealth is said to be £320 million.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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