To mark World AIDS Day, today's issue of The Independent is edited by Elton.
The cover, as seen above, by one of the singer's favourite artists, carries an image which is designed to evoke the transience of life which the deadly AIDS pandemic underscores.
"I chose a rose because it's a beautiful thing, that blooms and then dies," explained Gary Hume. "I went out and bought some coloured pencils called Skin Colours of the World and drew with them on gesso and chalk."
And while the focus is on AIDS, The Independent contains other subjects as well, including Jimmy Carr's interview with the Rocket Man, focusing mostly on music, and Elton's compilation of 10 things he likes and doesn't like, as seen below.
10 things I don't like: period
Lip-synching except by drag queens
"Singers" who can't sing live
Mobile phones with cameras
Opening and closing ceremonies
10 things I like: period
The south of France