Legendary English singer Sir Elton John is commemorating his 70th birthday in style, but he’s not quite sure how.
The “Candle in the Wind” singer spoke with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe about what it means to hit the big seven-zero. “ I always celebrate my birthday,” John admitted. “I’m not a birthday-fob. Some people don’t like birthdays, they don’t like celebrating, they don’t want to know about them, and I’ve always enjoyed mine birthday. And I look forward to them.”
“70 sounds so archaic doesn’t it. When I was growing up, 70 sounded like the end of the world,” he continued. “But things have changed, you’re only as old as you feel inside. There are days where physically I’m not feeling a s great as I possibly could but that just goes with the territory and I think the older you get bits start to fall off and you have to be fine tuned a bit more. As far as my inner self I feel great.”
The eight-time Grammy-winner doesn’t quite know what to expect on the big day. “It’s a big secret to me… It’s nice to celebrate things. Life is fabulous. Life is fantastic and I like to celebrate things. The 50th and the 60th were big extravaganzas. One in London, one in New York.”
And the big party on Saturday, March 25 will help a pair of great causes! “Everything that’s raised on the night goes to the Hammond Museum and the Elton John AIDS Foundation because Bernie is an artist as well as a song writer and the arts are so important to all of us as we grew up, every part of the arts.”
John reflected on a great many things during the interview, including the controversy surrounding his performance of “Stan” with Eminem at the Grammys — the latter of whom was criticized for his homophobic lyrics. “I’m always a supporter of the people that are getting trashed, ” the singer explained.
“For me Eminem was never homophobic. I listened to the whole of the Marshall Mathers album when I drove to a show in South Hampton and I was floored by it. And I thought how could anyone think this is… he’s just writing about the way things are. Not how he thinks but the way things are.”
The sentiment is one he also felt towards the legendary Axel Rose. “Never in a million years did I think he was homophobic. So I did things. I did the MTV Music Awards with him and the Guns N’ Roses and I did the Grammys with Marshall and I became very big friends with Marshall. I’ll fight for anyone who is misunderstood and misrepresented by the idiots out there.”