Added on 06-Mar-2005
Extract taken from an article in the Mail on Sunday magazine, Night and Day. It is this intrinsic Britishness that fuels Elton's passion for his latest project, a West End musical version of the award-winning movie Billy Elliot, a film that so moved Elton he had to be helped sobbing from his seat.
"I want it to be the best thing in the West End because it deserves to be," he says. "It's a great story, which is why I wanted to do it. I didn't want to do something like We Will Rock You, the Queen musical, or Tonight's The Night, the Rod Stewart musical. The people involved may all be my friends, but those shows are totally uncreative and I'd never go and see them in a million years. It's just all the greatest hits strung together with some flimsy storyline, not something I'd ever get involved in."
And there you have it. The reason why 57-year-old Elton has his detractors. Those who loathe him say he is a bitter, vain, foul-mouthed man who has made a fortune from middle-of-the-road music and who is insanely jealous of his more credible peers.