NEW YORK (AP) —  Elton John says Billy Joel needs to get serious about rehab and “do something better” with his life.

John makes the comments about his former touring partner in the Feb. 17 edition of Rolling Stone magazine. He tells the magazine the pair canceled many tours because of Joel’s illnesses and “alcoholism.”

He also says Joel should do rehab like he did it — with patients cleaning floors, not watching television.

John says he knows Joel is going to “hate” him for this. But he says Joel needs tough love.

Joel spent a month in a California rehab center for treatment of alcohol abuse in 2005. He spent about two weeks at a Connecticut facility in 2002.

A representative for Joel hasn’t returned an Associated Press e-mail request for comment on John’s remarks.

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Comments (6)
  1. Leonard says:

    Joel responded that Elton is addicted to the Sunglass Hut. Addicted to such a point that he has had to declare bankruptcy and have auctions in the past just to survive.

    1. jeffmiguel says:

      Right On Elton. That’s what friend do. Many people deny their problems until they hit rock bottom. Ever work in a public safety job with no procedures and support from management, staff and union….yet be told you are responsible for the lives and safety of people and property….you’ll wind up drugged out or dead..

  2. Karen says:

    What is your problem Elton John? Who asked you in the first place?

    I think you are a diva who needs attention which is why you keep putting yourself in the news lately.

    No one is paying attention to you so you need to call attention to yourself.

  3. Saber 1 says:

    With career spirralling the drain, Elton is addicted to the male gen i tals. Go away and retire like the queen you are.

  4. Dr. O says:

    I think Queen Elton has been bending over too much.

  5. Kerry says:

    I see Elton John’s point, but at the same time, an intervention with family and friends would be more effective than going to the press. Anything perceived as negative, will only make a depressive personality type even more depressed. Blabbing to the Rolling Stone was just catty.

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