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Elton’s ”Face to Face” Touring Partner Responds to Latest Remarks, Although Not Face to Face
Posted by editor_usa

Friday 11
February 2011 @ 15:55

Elton said on the Today Show this week that Billy Joel “hates” him for his recent comments in the February 17, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

The Rocket Man had suggested that the Piano Man’s rehab had been ”rehab light,” and that he needed to get serious. He also said he thought Joel was ”coasting” by not writing new songs.

More recently, Elton told Matt Lauer: “He sent me a message and he’s not happy. He may want to punch my face. I understand that. I’m sorry I had to say it, but I’m saying it because I really want Billy to live a long life and be very happy. That’s all it came from.  I understand why he’s mad at me. I’m only trying to help. Maybe I should have done it privately, but I’ve been so frustrated over the years.”

Joel’s reply appears below, via a statement released by his publicist. . . .

“1. I do not hate Elton John.
2. I do not want to “punch him in the face”
3. If he wants to call me, my number is still the same.
4. Good luck with the movie.
        Billy Joel”

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