Elton John: Billy Joel Needs Rehab

Former touring partner needs to get help, tough love
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 8:21 AM CST
Elton John, left, and Billy Joel bow to the crowd at the beginning of their concert at Foxborough Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, July 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – Today’s out-of-left-field celebrity comment: Elton John says his former touring partner Billy Joel needs to “do something better” with his life. Specifically, John tells Rolling Stone that Joel’s "alcoholism" caused them to cancel many tours, and that the Piano Man needs to take rehab more seriously. "Every time he goes to rehab they've been light," he says. The AP notes that Joel spent two weeks in a rehab center in Connecticut in 2002, and another month in a California facility in 2005.

Joel will “hate” him for the comments, the Rocket Man acknowledges, but it doesn’t matter because John thinks his old buddy needs some 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." Click for more, including exactly what John thinks Joel should be doing while in rehab. Or click here for John's thoughts on Rush Limbaugh, Lady Gaga, and Eminem.

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