Billy Joel Responds To Elton John's Rehab Slamhttp://ca.news.yahoo.com/billy-joel-responds-elton-johns-rehab-slam-20110202-134401-612.html
Billy Joel is shrugging off Elton John's recent remarks about his rehab history.
The legendary rock 'n' roller told Access Hollywood in a statement on Wednesday that he isn't angry at Elton John for claiming in the newest issue of Rolling Stone magazine that the "New York State of Mind" singer needs "tough love."
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"I've worked with Elton for such a long time and I've enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him," Joel told Access . "Elton is just being Elton."
John made headlines on Wednesday night when Rolling Stone published his comments about the piano man.
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"At the end of the day, he's coasting," John told the mag. "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy's a conundrum. We've had so many canceled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism."
In July 2009, the duo postponed two shows in upstate New York as Joel battled flu-like symptoms. Later, in early November 2009, five concerts were canceled because John was sickened with the flu and by an E. coli infection. A few weeks later, Joel was the reason for a single concert cancellation, for unspecified "medical reasons."
Speaking to Rolling Stone for the magazine's latest issue, John went on to characterize Joel's previous rehab stints as "light."
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"He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they've been light," John said. "When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love."
As for someone whose rehab stints he respects, John had high praise for rapper Eminem.
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"He's worked really hard at sobriety and it's changed him so much," John said.
Another star he enthused over in the new interview, unrelated to stints in rehab, was his pal Lady Gaga.
"I've heard her new album," John said of the pop star's upcoming May 23 album, "Born This Way." "It's amazing. The first single, 'Born This Way,' is the anthem that's going to obliterate 'I Will Survive.' I can't think of how huge it's going to be."
Billy Joel Shrugs Off Elton John Comments on Rehabhttp://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20030404-10391698.html
(Credit: Getty)NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Billy Joel says he has such affection for his old touring partner Elton John that he's going to ignore the British rocker's comments that Joel needs rehab.
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In an interview for the Feb. 17 edition of Rolling Stone, John says Joel needs to do "something better with his life"' and get serious about rehab. He also said that the pair had to cancel many tour dates because of Joel's illnesses and "alcoholism."
In a statement released Wednesday, Joel says, "Elton is just being Elton."
While John predicted Joel would "hate" him for his comments, the 61-year-old Grammy winning piano man says he's enjoyed his relationship with John so much he's not going to let the comments change his affection for him.
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