John's hope of eroding stigmas has led him into some deeply unlikely alliances. After he agreed to perform at Limbaugh's wedding in 2010, the two men bonded over music and formed a friendship, despite Limbaugh's conservative views.
"He sends me the loveliest e-mails," John says. "What I get from Rush privately and what I get from Rush publicly are two different things. I'm just trying to break him down."
Elton is publicizing a new book, Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS. He's doing an interview with Matt Lauer this morning on Today, which I'll add to this post when the video shows up.
UPDATE: Lauer's interview with Elton, AFTER THE JUMP…