Elton John on Janet Jackson’s Recent Tour: ‘I’d Rather Go See a Drag Queen’

Elton John in 2015
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Elton John doesn't bite his tongue when it comes to voicing his opinion about music. Years ago he beefed with Madonna and eventually apologized for the harsh words he had for her, but now he's on the attack again—but with a different focus.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, John had a few unkind words to say about Janet Jackson and the recent praises she received about her tour. But he did say nice things about Madonna.


“I say what I feel,” John explained. “I probably went too far with Madonna [publicly calling her out for lip-synching], and I got very personal and I wrote her—she was very gracious. … You know, [f—king] music magazines writing a review of Janet Jackson saying, ‘This is the greatest show—four and a half stars.’ It’s [f—king lip-synched]! Hello! That’s not a show! I’d rather go and see a drag queen. [F—k] off.”

Well, that’s coming from John, who sits behind a piano and doesn't dance during a show. I'd like to see him sing and dance at the same time, too.

Seems as though in his old age, John is turning into a true Petty Murphy. I'm sure Jackson is sitting somewhere being unbothered by his coments. 

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