Listen to Elton John discuss his “dear friendship” with Eminem in preview of new Beats 1 radio show

The artist discussed the unlikely alliance on his 'Rocket Hour' show, which airs in full tomorrow (October 18)

Elton John has spoken about how he considers Eminem to be “a dear friend” of his.

John hosts a semi-regular show on Apple’s Beats 1 station, titled the ‘Rocket Hour’. The show, which debuted in July 2015, will air once again tomorrow (October 18), and, ahead of the airing, a number of preview clips from the new episode have been shared by Apple.

While discussing fellow Beats 1 contributor Drake‘s recent claim that Eminem was “the greatest rapper of all time”, the veteran musician was keen to agree with the Toronto rapper’s high praise.


“Eminem just did a show in which Drake introduced him in Detroit as ‘the greatest rapper of all time,'” John said. “It’s very hard to disagree with that. I love him, and he’s a dear friend.”

John will also show his appreciation for both Lana Del Rey and Crystal Castles during the show. Calling Del Rey “a really great girl [who] I love very much,” John also praised Crystal Castles’ most recent album, ‘Amnesty (I)’. “It’s a really interesting album, full of surprises and not your normal record. I like it very much.”

Listen to the clips in question below.


Last week, the 69-year-old announced that he will soon publish a “no-holds-barred” autobiography, although a release date has yet to be confirmed.

“I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person,” John said in a statement that accompanied the announcement. “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.”