That Heartfelt Time Rob Zombie Met Elton John

Rob Zombie may make a heavy-metal racket, but one of his heroes since childhood has been Elton John. He never thought he’d get the chance to meet the “Rocket Man” singer, but his luck changed in 2011 when he was inducting Alice Cooper into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Before Cooper arrived, he found himself in a hall with his idol. “I’d just talked to Bette Midler, who’d come up to me and said, ‘I like your pants,'” Zombie tells Rolling Stone of the fateful day. “And I saw Elton John, like, waving. I was like, ‘Who are you waving at?’ He was waving at me. And he came running over and gave me a hug. And he was, like, super nice. And I was like, ‘This is was so cool.'”

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