During an episode of
Elton John's online radio show,
Rocket Man, he took time out to talk about his good friend, the late-
George Michael, according to
Rolling Stone. George Michael died on Christmas Day at the age of 53, and over the years he and Elton performed numerous times together, until Michael's substance abuse issues put a wedge between the two. Elton reflected on happier times, saying, "Not only was he a good friend, but he was probably one of the most brilliant songwriters this country's ever produced, and certainly one of the best vocalists ever. One of the best in the world." Her recalled performing with Michael on June 28th, 1986 during
Wham's finale at Wembley Stadium: "I played at the last Wham! concert dressed as Ronald McDonald for some reason at Wembley Stadium and I bought him a 3-wheeler car, with him and
Andy (Ridgeley), and I put their names on the front of it and put some fairy dice it was a real clapped out thing."
During the broadcast, Elton played several of George Michael's signature hits, including "Outside" and "Freedom '90." Prior to spinning "One More Try," Elton said: "I don't get jealous of many songs, but I'm jealous of this song." Elton went on to say: "I just want to remember him for his wonderful music and his kindness, which people are commenting on. He was the kindest, most generous man, and did it without wanting any publicity. I've seen him being so kind to so many people. I'll miss him so much for his music but more than anything for his humanity."
Elton John, who first started recording in the 1960's, is truly a rock legend who can say they have "been there-- done that" to the extreme: "Rock n' roll has given me an incredible life. What I did along the way, I was going, y'know, 'Well, if there's drugs, I'm gonna do them. I'm gonna play the whole game.' And that's a dangerous game to play because you might not come put the other side -- and very nearly didn't. I think that's one of my personality traits; I'm a complete addict in anything I do. I do things in excess to everything -- and I admit that. I would love to be a minimalist. And I look in magazines and I see minimalist homes and I say, 'Oh, this is so great. This is aesthetically so beautiful' -- but I just can't" (laughs)