Elton John finds 'silver lining' in spending time with sons during pandemic

music news 04/05/2020

Elton John was in the midst of his farewell world tour when the coronavirus pandemic halted the travel and concert industry across the globe.

But the 'Rocketman' singer says there's a silver lining to be found in being housebound.

Speaking to Beats 1, he explains that he's "never lived like anything like this in my lifetime," but has embraced being home.

“To be honest with you, it has been great to spend this much time with my boys,” he told host Zane Lowe. 

The 73-year-old musician is isolating with husband David Furnish and sons Zachary, 9, and Elijah, 7, where they play Snakes and Ladders every weekend.

“It’s 24/7 with them and it’s been fantastic," then jokingly said, “I’m saying that after a week. Check on me in about three weeks.”

Elton did express that he is “saddest” about all the musicians and crew who live “month to month” that are suffering during this time. “I’m very lucky.”

“This is a different situation that has ever happened before. You have to be very careful. Stick with your family…cherish it while you can,” he mused. “It gives us a chance to reflect on what life is all about…coming together as one is what I hope will be the result of all of this.”

The singer, who had to cancel part of his NZ tour when he suffered walking pneumonia earlier this year, is booked to return to NZ in January 2021.