October 21, 2019
Veteran singer-songwriter Elton John recounts the story of how he once heeded Stevie Wonder's brazen request that he let him drive his snowmobile. He also disclosed the name of the one singer he has never considered a "rival."
John was a guest during the Tuesday episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" where he animatedly promoted his new memoir, "Me."
The session was an enjoyable one for John as well as Kimmel as the former spiced up the exchange with numerous jokes, including one about legendary soul singer, Stevie Wonder.
John has lived a full life, and so has many stories to tell, but it is perhaps that particular tale about him and Stevie that has piqued curiosity.
According to John, he was at the Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado, cooking up some new music when Stevie openly voiced his desire to ride a snowmobile.
"There was thick snow, and Stevie wanted to go out in the snowmobile."
Stevie, who marked his 69th birthday a few months ago, has lived a greater fraction of his life without eyesight.
The lifelong condition, which started when Stevie was just an infant, reportedly developed as a complication of an eye disorder called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).
The danger of going on a solo ride on the snowmobile was apparent, but John found it a hilarious one as he explained that he decided to face the situation as one where it would mean one less competitor for him.
"We thought, 'OK, that's another rival gone."
"That's him out of the way."
Obviously having fun while reminiscing, John laughingly named some other rentable musicians that were next on his list of competitors to get rid of.
The award-winning singer quipped:
"We just needed to get Phil Collins and Rod Stewart up there!"
The hilarious tale is just one out of the many contained in John's new book, "Me."
he memoir has the father of two relating notable personal stories and comedic encounters he's had so far, including one with fellow musician, Bob Dylan, whom he revealed he never considered a rival because he is "way above me."