Elton John says Rod Stewart has a 'f***ing cheek' in feud latest

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2 min read
Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart. Sir Elton John has chosen to wear an emerald cut yellow diamond stud and an 42 ct emerald cut yellow diamond ring, as well as the Jumbo Happy Spirit pendant set with diamonds. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Chopard )
Sir Elton John and Sir Rod Stewart have not spoken for two years. (Getty Images)

Sir Elton John has shone some light on why his friendly rivalry with Sir Rod Stewart turned sour.

Sir Rod, 75, recently revealed the pair had not spoken in two years because 73-year-old Sir Elton “had the hump” with him about comments he made about his farewell tour.

Now Sir Elton has devoted an entire chapter of the paperback version of his autobiography Me to their feud.

The old friends stopped talking after Sir Rod said Sir Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour was “not rock ‘n’ roll”.

Read more: Rod Stewart claims Elton John snubbed his efforts to end their feud

Sir Elton writes: "I certainly didn’t feel like I needed a lecture on the feral spirit of rock and roll from someone who’d spent most of the last decade crooning his way through the Great American Songbook and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

Watch: Rod Stewart insists Elton John snubbed him when he tried to end their feud

He added: “What’s more, I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.”

The Rocket Man singer claims after months of being angry with Sir Rod for his comments he calmed down, sent him a message saying they had “known each other far too long to fall out over something like that”.

But he received a message from Sir Rod's manager claiming the Maggie May singer was on "constant vocal rest" between shows so was unable to speak on the phone.

Sir Elton pointed out that it didn’t stop Sir Rod appearing on more chat shows and claims he has never heard back from him.

Read more: Rod Stewart says Elton John farewell tour 'stinks' and is 'dishonest'

Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart during The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's 7th "Grand Slam for Children" Fundraiser - Show at The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Sir Elton John and Sir Rod Stewart are old friends. (Getty Images)

Last week Sir Rod claimed he had reached out to Sir Elton recently in an email, but that his attempts to make peace had been snubbed.

It all began in 2018 when Sir Elton announced he was embarking on three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Pop superstars Rod Stewart and Elton John make it up back stage at Olympic tonight just before Rod went on stage for the third night of his series of London concerts. December 1976 76-07532-005 (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Rod Stewart and Elton John have been friends for almost 50 years. (Getty Images)

Sir Rod said on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen: “If I retire, I won’t make an announcement. I’ll just fade away. I don’t think this is a big deal, it stinks of selling tickets...

“It’s dishonest. It’s not rock and roll.”

Watch: Elton John loves staying home and playing boardgames