ROARING BACK

A STAR FOR 25 YEARS, CLEAN AND SOBER FOR THREE, ELTON JOHN RIDES HIS LION KING SMASH TO NEW HEIGHTS

HE'S A GAME LAD, SO WHEN ELTON John was asked to write songs for The Lion King, he said why not. In a career that began 30 years ago with the band Bluesology and thus spans most of the rock era, John had worked and lived in the grand and sordid rock-star tradition: written hundreds of songs, sold albums in the hundred millions, cavorted onstage in tuxes and plumes, dared to announce his bisexuality, endured rehab for alcoholism, cocaine addiction, bulimia. Nothing human was alien to him. But as he began the task of composing melodies to Tim Rice's words for...

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