“I look at Miley Cyrus and I see a meltdown waiting to happen,” John told The Australian. “And she’s so young! But she’s got two records in the top 20, so who is going to stop her?
“Maybe it’s a British thing, but I can spot a car crash before it happens.
“I was in my dressing room in Las Vegas when they announced that Michael Jackson was playing 50 dates at the O2. I turned to my agent and said: ‘He won’t do a single one of those.’
“I could tell you he was going to die. He’d been doing drugs for so long, he’d been a mess for so long – and I’ve known Michael since he was 12 or 13 – that it was never going to happen.”
“Everyone was saying it was going to be great and I was saying, ‘Hello? Are you looking at the real thing here?’”
Elton John’s new album, The Diving Board, is out now in the UK and debuts in the US tomorrow (September 17).