Elton John has taken to his social media platforms to announce his long-awaited memoir will be published this coming October. Elton posted, “My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and I’m now ready to tell you my story, in my own words. My first and only official autobiography will be released October 2019.” Elton co-wrote the still-untitled tome with music journalist Alexis Petridis.
Back in 2016, Elton spoke about the memoir to Rolling Stone, explaining, “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person. I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs. As I look back, I realize what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living. I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world — and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes.”
The pre-order page on the Macmillan.com website, features a blurb about the autobiography, which reads: “Coming in October 2019, the first and only official autobiography of a much-loved global icon. A multiple Grammy-winning legend and flamboyant superstar, Elton is the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time. Fans have been eagerly waiting for him to tell his story. Now the wait is (almost) over.”
Elton, who's currently in the midst of a three-year farewell tour, told us that his live career is far different than nearly every one of his peers in terms of sweat and actual miles logged across the decades: “I've been working constantly. I'm not this person who does tours, like, every couple of years. I've been on the road every year since I made it in 1970 — apart from one year when I got sober, I took a year off — I've been a constant working musician. I don't often play big cities, I go out and play middle cities; little places — Montana, Vermont. All those kind of places, which I wanna go to and play to people that normally can't get a chance to see me. But this is a 300-date tour. In the press today in England, of course they say that I'm retiring because of ill-health and if you're going to do 300 shows, you're not in ill-health. And I thought the time is right to say thank you to all my fans around the world. It doesn't mean to say that I'm still not going to be creative, but I'm not going to travel anymore.”
Elton John performs tomorrow night (March 12th) in Raleigh, North Carolina at PNC Arena.
The Elton biopic, Rocketman, which was written by Lee Hall and directed by Dexter Fletcher, opens on May 31st.