Elton John is not going to be your enabler quietly. Despite his participation in the tours that keep the Piano Man flush with cash more than fifteen years after his last pop album, John would rather see Billy Joel back in rehab than back on the road. “[Billy]’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light,” he told Rolling Stone in a new cover interview. “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.”
Though the pair have toured regularly as co-headliner since 1994, Joel had to deny rumors that he canceled a Summer 2010 jaunt, and John was seen mouthing “Thank God” when Billy made it through a notorious 2002 Madison Square Garden show complete with on-stage rants about the military (following shows were canceled). Despite his public friendship with ex-wives Christie Brinkley and Katie Lee, it sounds like this friend of Joel’s is tired of keeping up appearances. Billy has already responded that “Elton is just being Elton,” but will he actually listen?
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