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Elton has told GQ‘s Dylan Jones that he found the new version of The Lion King to be very disappointing.

I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost. The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success. I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

Elton also was asked about his memoirs, and why he decided this was the time to release them.

He replied: ”I’m 72 years old and I thought it was a good time to reflect on my life as it’s in pretty good shape now. I’m doing the farewell tour; Rocketman has come out, so it made sense to follow all that with the book.

”I didn’t want to do a book when I was 30 or 40, because it wouldn’t have been as honest as it is now. This is the time in my life in which I’m the happiest, when I feel most contented.

”Originally the book was going to be written by [the journalist] Ingrid Sischy, who unfortunately passed away; it would have been a much more analytical book and it wouldn’t have been so humorous and personal. I modelled it on The Moon’s A Balloon by David Niven as I thought that was such a great book. It was full of information, full of his personal memoirs and also incredibly funny. There’s been so much humour in my life, and I wanted to reflect that. When I started thinking about my life I thought, “Oh, my God, how did I do all this?” From a boy in Pinner with no idea of becoming who I became.”

There’s a good deal more, including what Elton thinks of England nowadays. To read, click on ”music” after going to this link: