On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Jimmy welcomed Elton John, who sat down for a chat before closing the show by playing the single “Looking Up” from Sir Elton’s upcoming album, Wonderful Crazy Night.
His wild days long behind him, Elton explains that his latest collaboration with songwriter Bernie Taupin finds the music legend in a great place. “If someone said to me ten years ago that I’d be sitting in Los Angeles in my house…with two children, I’d have said you put acid in my drink,” Elton quipped before calling the past few years, “the best ride possible.”
“Everything in my life that’s happened to me has been for a good reason,” the star says, summing up: “My..bad behavior got me sober, my sobriety got me my husband, my husband then got me my two children, and everything’s been fantastic. I can’t complain.”
Elton then talked about his 49-year-history with Taupin, explaining their working relationship might be odd for some, but what’s not broken doesn’t need fixing. “You know, when I first started writing with Bernie, it was exactly the same as it is now. I would get a lyric, I would go away and write the melody and play it for him. That’s never changed. It’s the same thing now. It’s as exciting now as it was then.”
In their now-32-record history, the star explained there was only one song for which he wrote the melody before Taupin put pen to paper: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the hit 1976 collaboration with Kiki Dee.
“It’s strange, but it works,” Elton said of his relationship with Bernie, “so I don’t question it.”