Asked if he finds it upsetting to be embarking on his final tour, the songwriter replied: “No. I've been in the back of a van since I was 16. I love performing... but I'll still be creating, I'll be doing records, I'll be writing movie scores and doing more musicals — it's not an end to me being creative, it's just an end to me schlepping!”
On Wednesday, Elton spoke with Extra’s Mark Wright, who asked him what his kids know about their celebrity dad.
Elton responded, "They know what I do. They know I'm famous. They come and see a show, as they did last week here in Vegas, and they got very excited, and then they went home and it's all about football. They are mad about football — all they think about is football. They love my music and they love what I do, but they are not intertwined with it.”
Elton has been busy producing the upcoming animated feature Sherlock Gnomes, starring James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, for which he wrote a song for his friend Mary J. Blige.
Elton said, “It's so fantastic that we got her to do it because now she's nominated for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Mudbound’ and I always thought she could be a great actress... In fact, the song was written and the words for her were very, very close to home because she just finished a relationship with her husband. So she did it in about 10 minutes... I'm so glad she did it because we've been friends — Mary and I — for a long, long time.”