Elton John had Rod Stewart concert advert ‘shot down’ during decade-long feud
Sir Elton John and Sir Rod Stewart have known each other for around 50 years, having first been neighbours in the 1970s. Over the years the pair have poked fun at each other as “frenemies”. And now Ed Sheeran, who’s releasing a Christmas single with the Rocketman singer later this year, has shared a moment from the height of the rivalry.
Speaking on Absolute Radio, Sheeran was asked who he would ask for help if there was a body in the boot of his car.
The 30-year-old said: “Elton, definitely Elton. I heard a story about Elton which I loved.
“He has this decade long beef, rivalry, friendship, love with Rod Stewart and they always do stuff to annoy each other.
“Rod had a huge blimp of his shows that said like ‘Rod Stewart coming to …”
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He added: “And Elton just rung up one of his East end mates to go and shoot it down with a shotgun. And then called Rod and was like ‘Look out your window’. Such a good story.”
The Rocketman singer actually recorded the incident in his autobiography Me, and it turns out that some of the details in Sheeran’s recounting are slightly different. To read the book extract click here.
More recently the two knights had quit the falling-out in 2018 after the Maggie May singer said on US TV that the Rocketman legend was “money-grabbing” when launching a 300-date farewell tour. He added that it was “dishonest” and that it “stinks of selling tickets.”
However, the 76-year-old has since apologised to Elton and the two are friends again.
Speaking on The Harry Redknapp Show podcast in January, Rod, blaming being given too much alcohol before the US chat show comments, said: “I say to my kids, ‘A man apologises, go and apologise to your mother’. We’ve just made up as friends again, me and Elton.
“We’ve always been fierce enemies, as you know, through the years, but it’s always been at a playful level.
“But we had the worst row, like a married couple. It went on forever. I was a bit spiteful when he announced his tour. I regret it, I really do regret it. So we’re mates again now. I do love him.”
Before making up, Elton addressed Rod’s comments in his autobiography and didn’t hold back.
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Elton wrote in Me: “I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour. I had no idea what I’d done to upset him so much, which was ironic, given the hours I’d put in over the years deliberately trying to annoy him.”
The pair, who call each other Sharon and Phyllis, both have upcoming tours.
Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour continues from January and goes on until July 2023, with ticket available here. While Rod Stewart’s UK tour has been announced for 2022 and tickets can be purchased here.
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