Apple Music celebrates 300 episodes and 6 years of Elton John’s Rocket Hour, one of the oldest radio shows to air on Apple Music radio, with a multi-day celebration featuring special interviews and programming on Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music. TV, before the historical episode.
Elton recalled some of his favorite moments from his years doing Rocket Hour when talking about his radio show.
“What it’s brought me is it’s brought me into contact with so many great new artists who’ve become friends. It’s kept me so up to date with what’s going on,” Elton began.
“In fact, I think I look better now than I did six years ago when I started it. So it’s like, good music makes you look younger. I don’t know. But it’s just, I’ve had such a great time and I’m indebted to you and to Apple for asking me to do this because it’s a dream.
“And every week we find something new and something great to talk about. I’m 74 now. And I just think I’m just as excited now as I was when I was a kid buying records with my record tokens.”
Elton John has expressed his love for listening to young pop artists, saying Lorde, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and Canal Tres among others, “blew my mind” when he first heard them.
“And I love old music and it just, it’s fantastic,” Elton said.
“But when you hear someone young and someone who’s doing something for the first time, like when I played Lorde on the show for the first time when she was 16 or something, whatever. Or I played Billie Eilish or Channel Tres, or Rina Sawayama, or Dua Lipa.
“It’s wonderful because you think, ‘God they’re 16 or 17… 15 years of age. How do they do that?’ And so it’s just it keeps me animated and it keeps me so happy.
“Music makes you happy. And in the last few years, it’s not been a particularly wonderful political climate to go through. Then we’ve had a pandemic, and we’ve had a lot of violence and racial problems.”
John recently marked 300 episodes of his “Rocket Hour” show on Apple Music with an interview with Zane Lowe, where John said he saw the show as an opportunity to be exposed to new music.
You can watch the full show below: