Elton John develops rock-spoof sitcom for ABC. He calls the comedy, about an aging rocker like himself and his peers, an ''upmarket 'Spinal Tap''

By Gary Susman
November 04, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Elton John: Jennifer Graylock/AP

Note to aging rockers: Elton John hopes you don’t mind, he hopes you don’t mind, that he’s put down in words, how absurd your lives are. Variety reports that John is developing a sitcom for ABC inspired by the pampered lives of himself and his peers. The main character, John says, will be mixture of himself and other ”male divas” — contemporaries like Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Freddy Mercury, and David Bowie. ”It’s not about me, but about everybody we’ve encountered over the past 30 years,” John said. ”We’ve met every star and seen every misbehavior. And it’s about the people around the star, who have to put up with them. It’s an upmarket Spinal Tap.”

The show will be a collaboration among John, his business manager Bob Halley (who came up with the idea after years of attending to John’s needs on the road), Desperate Housewives producer Michael Edelstein, Sex and the City writer Cindy Chupack, and songwriter Bruce Roberts. ”I think it will be one of the funniest things on TV in a while,” John said. ”I like being a team player and being within this team. All five people are extremely funny — except Bruce Roberts.”

Roberts and John have written a back catalog of tunes for their character, songs meant to be his hits from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. One of the songs, ”Him and Us,” appears on John’s new album, Peachtree Road, which will be released on Tuesday.