Elton John explained why he feels compelled to try and help musicians who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.
Appears on The Jonathan Ross Show, to air tomorrow night (Friday, December 4) on ITV, the musician said he gets emotional thinking about Rocket Man, the 2019 film includes descriptions of his own struggles with addiction.
“I got a lot of support when I was sick and [in] he said. “You support your friends through thick and thin. I was greatly supported as I made it through the fragile ending and I will never forget that.”
He said he recently spoke to “two or three” artists and asked for their support: “They’re doing great, doing great.”
“I am a recovering alcoholic. [You learn to] Spread the word and help people when you can,” he said. “You wake them up and give them a little support. That’s what happened to me… people were so nice to me.”
In the same way, John also said he uses Rocket time radio show on Apple Music to “update new artists” and also give them a platform, after he was championed by older artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond early in his career.
“All of these people are heroes to me and very good to me,” he said. “That kind of verification means a lot to you. [You think], ‘If they think I’m fine, I might be fine’.
“That taught me to say, ‘Listen if it happens to you, you have to give it back to someone else when you get older.’ That’s part of who I am. “
Among John’s mentors was the English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, with whom he just released a new holiday song, “Merry Christmas”. He has also recently collaborated with Years and Years and Rina Sawaya.
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The Jonathan Ross Program airs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on ITV.
If you or someone you know is suffering from alcoholism you can secretly call the national alcohol helpline Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 or visit the NHS website here for information on the programs available to you.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/elton-john-addiction-rehab-support-b1969139.html Elton John says his struggle with addiction makes him want to help other musicians: ‘You learn to get the message across’