.

Elton John Regrets Past Drug Use

'I wasted such a big part of my life'

July 17, 2012 12:00 PM ET
elton john
Elton John performs in Oberhausen, Germany.
Peter Wafzig/Redferns via Getty Images

Elton John has revealed he "wasted" a big part of his life using drugs in an interview regarding the musician's upcoming memoir, Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS.

"I was a drug addict and self-absorbed," said John, who explained this was in the early Eighties, around the same time the AIDS epidemic was starting. "You know, I was having people die right, left and center around me, friends. And yet I didn't stop the life that I had, which is the terrible thing about addiction. It's that – you know, it's that bad of a disease."

During the interview, John also talked about how his lifestyle at the time made him feel unafraid of the growing AIDS epidemic: "When you take a drug and you take a drink and you mix those two together, you think you're invincible," the musician said. "I came out of this HIV-negative. I was the luckiest man in the world."

In the book, John writes, "I was consumed by cocaine, booze, and who knows what else. I apparently never got the memo that the Me generation had ended."

Though John admitted he felt some guilt about that period in his life, he added, "I'm making up for it. There is so much more to be done."

Ever the humanitarian, proceeds from sales of John's memoir will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. On September 21st he will headline an event at London's Wembley Arena that benefits the charity Peace One Day and promotes the Global Truce 2012 campaign, which hopes to "create the largest global reduction of violence ever recorded on one day."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com