Elton John Can't Wait To Retire 'Crocodile Rock' At The End Of His Tour


As any artist will tell you, the problem with having hit songs is that you have to perform them.

Even for an icon like Elton John whose repertoire is packed with pop/rock classics, one track has inevitably grown tiresome over the past five decades.

As he tells the Deeney Talks podcast, one of his earliest hits is also the one he can't wait to put to bed for good.

"The last time I have to sing 'Crocodile Rock,' I will probably throw a party," he told the show. "But people love to hear it. It was written as a kind of joke, as a pastiche, and it became a big hit and people love to sing along with it."

Released as a single in 1972, "Crocodile Rock" was one the biggest hits of John's early years, though in his eyes it hasn't held up with other early-'70s classics like "Rocketman," "Honky Cat," "Daniel" and "Your Song."

Still, as John hopes to resume his 'Farewell, Yellow Brick Road' tour after the pandemic, he says he has no plans to ditch any hits from his setlist, not even "Crocodile Rock."

"Who am I to say I am not going to play it?" John added. "I play to amuse people and to entertain people. But I have to say, when the last show is done at the end of the tour, I will never ever sing that song again."

If the tour gets back on schedule this fall, it will wrap up in 2023.

While John is planning to dedicate most of his retirement to his family, he's assured fans that he won't leave music entirely.

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