Elton has been appearing on TV to promote his Diamonds collection of hits. But he also has been talking about more serious subjects.
On the Today Show
, he recalled seeing footage of a shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, and hundreds injured. He said the reports made him go cold. "It was like a war."
But when he returned to the city, he was heartened by what saw.
"I find the human spirit incredibly moving," he remarked. "As a performer that's what you get. You know, there was a feeling of unity."
Elton also stopped by the Late Show, where he performed I'm Still Standing and Crocodile Rock, and sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert. He discussed fatherhood – "the best thing that ever happened to me" – and remembered meeting his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.
"I was in a terrible band, not a terrible band, but a mediocre band, and I was getting fed up playing to people who were eating fish and chips," Elton recollected. "I saw an advertisement from a record company that said, 'singers and songwriters wanted' ... I was very chubby, I was shy, I wasn't the lead singer, I was just the piano player in the band, but I was so fed up."
Elton told the label that he couldn't write lyrics, and that led to his meeting - and working with - Taupin.
And in England, on ITV's Lorraine, Sir Elton spoke about his favourite songs, his many different looks, and coming out as a gay man.