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Elton John: Not only still standing at 75 – but rocking a world tour

The pop icon has recorded some of the greatest songs of the 20th and 21st centuries. But his excessive lifestyle and toxic relationship with his mother would have baffled even Freud

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Elton John with his mother Sheila and stepfather Fred Farebrother at their apartment, London 1971. Photo: John Olson

Elton John with his mother Sheila and stepfather Fred Farebrother at their apartment, London 1971. Photo: John Olson

Elton John on stage. Photo: Jonathan Bachman

Elton John on stage. Photo: Jonathan Bachman

Elton John on the red carpet. Photo: Ian West

Elton John on the red carpet. Photo: Ian West

Elton John is ready to rock again

Elton John is ready to rock again

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Elton John with his mother Sheila and stepfather Fred Farebrother at their apartment, London 1971. Photo: John Olson

Backstage at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, in August 1996, before his band Oasis went on, Noel Gallagher explained there was nothing libellous in the News of the World writing that he spends £4,000 a week on cocaine.

It’s hardly defamation of character, is it?” he said to me at the time. “We take drugs.” But not nearly as much as a 75-year-old superstar who plays the same stadium in Cork in little over a month from now...


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