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Elton’s Latest Interview Includes His Thoughts on Music And Family
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Wednesday 3
July 2013 @ 16:04
– GMT

After almost four decades in the music business, Sir Elton today condemned the profession, which has been damaged by TV and where it is hard to stay sane.

He was speaking to BBC Radio 4‘s John Wilson, and despite his own fame and fortune, warned against the pitfalls of stardom and claiming that for young musicians the industry is not all it is cracked up to be.

Unless you have got real gravitas and you have earned your corn it is going to be hard for you to stay sane, it is going to be hard for you to maintain your career and you may end up being a bitter nonentity, he said.

Luckily he only found fame at 23, said the rocker, but for young performers like Justin Bieber, 19, it is tough to deal with the limelight which prevents them from having a childhood.

Elton also believes TV and video have done a lot of damage to music.

Talent shows propel people into stardom that arent ready for it and cant sustain it. He feels they are considered only as good as their next song.

I hate people being cast aside; it breaks my heart to see people like Michelle McManus who won Pop Star, whatever it was, it is not fair.

He said that he had never watched the reality shows, pioneered by Simon Cowell, and pointed out that The Voice had never produced a hit record on either side of the pond.

Instead the programmes are all about watching the judges, and the singers are nonentities, he said.

Although the 66-year-old currently does 120 appearances a year, he says this will have to change when his sons start school, as he can’t be away from them.

Elton and his partner, David Furnish, decided to have children after seeing a young boy in an orphanage in Ukraine who they were unable to adopt because of the law.

The pair, who became one of the first couples to tie the knot in a civil ceremony on the first day it became legal, still plan to make changes to their family when gay marriage laws are passed.

I will be there on the first day it happens, Elton promised.

It is something that we have been given as gay people, a lot of gay people in the world dont even have the right to exist practically, in Uganda and places like that, in the Soviet Union.

The fact that we have been given these chances by the British Government is something thats joyous and I am very grateful for.

If this happens I will be there, I dont want a big grandiose thing, I just want to go to the registry office.

But I would like to do and to say listen, we have been given this and years ago people had to have miserable lives because they were afraid of their sexuality. Embrace it, be thankful, and set an example and say yes this is how far Britain has come as a society and I am very proud of that.

The full interview will be played on Radio 4s Front Row tonight.

Folks can also listen today at the link below,

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01c7ncz.