Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning, has spoken with Elton about his career.
She said: "I've seen you in concert at least six times, and the thing that gives me pleasure is watching how much pleasure you get out of performing for us."
"I don't know how to describe it. But when you go home after the show, you don't go straight to sleep because it's so exciting," the pop legend responded. "It's the contact you have with an audience, and the joy you get back from them."
Addressing the colourful outfits he used to wear, Elton commented:
"Sitting at a piano, I wanted to be flamboyant because I wasn't Mick Jagger, I wasn't Rod Stewart, I wasn't Freddie Mercury or Marc Bolan or any of those guys. I was having so much fun."
"So, was it really your way of just standing out?"
"Yeah," Elton replied. "It was me, I was trying to be funny, I was trying to be the real me. This was the real me, the flamboyant me."
Gayle asked. "In the '70s where you just had hit after hit after hit, and you were larger than life, were you happy during that time?"
"Not really; I just sat there and I read it through and I thought, 'God, this is so great, I can't mess it up.' 'Cause it's a beautiful lyric for an 18-year-old to write. And when I played it to him, we both realised at that time, we may have a good future here. This is a good song!
"And I've sung that song practically, I'm sure, every performance that I've ever made, and it's never gotten old."
"Are there some Elton John songs that you go, 'God, I don't wanna play that again'?"
"Yeah, of course, 'Crocodile Rock' and stuff like that," he said. "But it's such a crowd-pleaser."
Elton has announced that he will be embarking on his final tour, as he wants to spend more time at home with his husband and their two sons.
"It's not a contest; I'd rather be with my boys," Elton explained.
Asked if he ever foresaw becoming a father, the 71-year-old said, "Gayle, ten years ago, if you'd have told me that this is what would be happening to me now, I'd have said, 'You put acid in my drink and this is all crazy.' No, of course not. My life has been a series of things that have happened to me, and I've just gone with it."
Also on CBS will be Elton John: I'm Still Standing--A Grammy Salute. It's to be broadcast tomorrow evening at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.