Rod Stewart calls Elton John's retirement tour 'dishonest' and 'not rock 'n' roll'

On Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, legendary rocker Rod Stewart commented on the retirement announcement of longtime friend Elton John, and it doesn’t sound like he’s into it. In an emotional interview in January, John announced he’d be retiring from touring — after a three-year, 300-show tour, that is. Stewart gave John some good-natured ribbing after the announcement. “I did email her and said, ‘What? Again, dear?’ I didn’t hear anything back,” Stewart said.

Of his retirement, John said, “My priorities have changed. I have young children.” But Stewart seemed a bit skeptical, alluding to ticket sales as being the driving force behind the move. Stewart’s current tour companion, Cindy Lauper, kind of liked the idea.

“That’s not a bad idea,” Lauper said. “We could say, ‘For the last time, we’re retiring.’ Then one more time. ‘Well, maybe the second to last time.’” Stewart’s assessment: “It’s dishonest. It’s not rock ’n’ roll.”

It’s pretty safe to say that Stewart won’t be making any grand gestures when he decides to retire.

“I have never spoken about retirement,” Stewart said. “If I do retire, I won’t make an announcement, I’ll just fade away. I don’t think it’s a big deal. ‘I’m going to retire.’ It stinks of selling tickets.”

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen  airs Sundays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. on Bravo.

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