BREAKING NEWS Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Covid-19 has been approved in the US Full Story

Elton John refused to 'tone down' the sex and drugs in 'Rocketman'

Elton John will retire from touring — but not before a three-year worldwide mega-tour. The legendary singer tells CNN's Chloe Melas that he made the decision to spend more time with his family.

Posted: May 28, 2019 3:10 AM
Updated: May 28, 2019 3:10 AM

Elton John isn't shying away from his wild days. In fact, he said he pushed producers of "Rocketman" for an honest portrayal of his sex and cocaine-fueled days of the past.

"Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven't led a PG-13 rated life," John wrote in a piece for The Guardian. "I didn't want a film packed with drugs and sex, but equally, everyone knows I had quite a lot of both during the '70s and '80s, so there didn't seem to be much point in making a movie that implied that after every gig, I'd quietly gone back to my hotel room with only a glass of warm milk and the Gideon's Bible for company."

Prior to landing at Paramount Pictures, "Rocketman" passed through Focus Features and Walt Disney Studios.

Elton John and Taron Egerton team up for epic 'Rocket Man' duet

It took nearly two decades to get the movie made, because, the singer wrote, in addition to wanting things toned down, many producers just didn't get his vision.

"Some studios wanted us to lose the fantasy element and make a more straightforward biopic, but that was missing the point," John wrote. "Like I said, I lived in my own head a lot as a kid. And when my career took off, it took off in such a way that it almost didn't seem real to me. I wasn't an overnight success by any means -- I'd been slogging around the clubs, making records, writing songs with Bernie [Taupin] and trying to sell them to people who weren't interested for four or five years before anything big happened. But when it happened, it went off like a missile: there's a moment in 'Rocketman' when I'm playing onstage in the Troubadour club in LA and everything in the room starts levitating, me included, and honestly, that's what it felt like."

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3559311

Reported Deaths: 51794
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118923221241
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2860772783
Orange2607213982
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1102371777
Kern102627811
Fresno950151422
Sacramento929611464
Alameda802791241
Ventura77395834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55887946
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38872515
San Francisco34138398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano30024164
Merced28915395
Sonoma28004298
Imperial26855589
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15414209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
Shasta10969174
Butte10922160
El Dorado9095100
Napa899869
Sutter884597
San Benito575259
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada394074
Mendocino379643
Amador344841
Humboldt318033
Lake314140
Glenn221923
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 63°
Oroville
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 63°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 63°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 14°
Feels Like: 64°
Red Bluff
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 64°
Chico
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 63°
It was a bright and breezy Friday for northern California, however the wind has been much stronger over Modoc County where a High Wind Warning is in effect through this evening. Stronger wind and cooler air will define our weather Saturday.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events