Rod Stewart Teases Elton John's Retirement Tour: 'It's Not Rock 'N' Roll'

Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart
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Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart perform during Andre Agassi's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept. 28, 2002 in Las Vegas.

Rod Stewart has some thoughts about longtime companion Elton John's farewell tour. While visiting Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen alongside fellow legend -- and summer tourmate -- Cyndi Lauper, a fan called in asking Stewart for his opinion about John's announcement of retirement.

“I’ve never spoken about retirement," the rock star said. "If I do retire, I won’t make an announcement. I’ll just fade away...It stinks of selling tickets.”

However, Lauper weighed in to give her opposing opinion. “We could say, ‘for the last time, we’re retiring.' Then one more time. ‘Well, maybe the second to last time,'” she explained, referencing Cher's famous on-again, off-again retirement.

Stewart clapped back saying, "it's dishonest. It's not rock 'n' roll."

Cohen then inquired about the "Maggie May" singer's thoughts on a recent incident where John walked offstage in the middle of his own show in Las Vegas. According to a statement released by John, a misbehaved fan continued putting his hands on the stage piano after the singer asked him to stop.

“I don’t mind it. I love people coming up on stage. It’s a laugh,” Stewart chuckled. “But I can see why he was pissed off with it. I’ve had people come on stage while I was singing and I’ve nearly had me teeth knocked out!”

Stewart and Lauper's summer tour kicks off June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Watch a clip of the pair on Cohen below.


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