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RUSH: Simon Cowell, the guy from American idol, he’s out there taking shots at my buddy, Elton John. Damn straight. Last night CNN’s Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell was a guest, and they had this little discussion about Elton John.

MORGAN: Elton John gave you a bit of a wipe the other day.

COWELL: What did he say?

MORGAN: Saying that it was very hard for anything outside of mainstream music to get a hit record now.

COWELL: Well, look, this is somebody who charges, what, a million dollars a private gig, $2 million? You know, I don’t know whether he’s concerned about himself. Maybe it is. But they always bleat on that we’re not giving other people a chance and I always want to say of them, “I’ll tell you what, you just made a million dollars off your last private gig. Go and give it to a bunch of young musicians you care about, put them in the studio, go and nurture them, go and spend some time looking after them, then I’ll buy your argument.” They’re only worried about themselves.

RUSH: Whoa. Now, when was Elton John’s last known private gig? Which, by the way, led him to a Saturday Night Live host gig, first time he’s ever gotten that gig. I mean he’s performed on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest, but never before as the host. (interruption) I know Simon Cowell is a right-winger. I’m not being critical of Simon Cowell. I’m just playing the sound bite. They’re ripping into my buddy Elton John out there. The music business is tough. Really is tough.

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