See Elton John's Resilient 'I'm Still Standing' on 'Colbert'

Elton John pounded through an irrepressible version of “I’m Still Standing” on The Late Show on Monday. The track, originally a hit in 1983, appears on John’s career-spanning new compilation Diamonds

John slammed the piano with his usual flair, occasionally taking a break from barking the defiant vocals to gesticulate and point above the crowd. The singer was assisted by a brawny band who shouted “oohs” and “ahs” in the background. “Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did,” John sang. “Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid.”

John also sat for an interview with Colbert, during which he discussed fatherhood – “the best thing that ever happened to me” – and remembered meeting his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin. “I was in a terrible band, not a terrible band, but a mediocre band, and I was getting fed up playing to people who were eating fish and chips,” John remembered. “I saw an advertisement from a record company that said, ‘singers and songwriters wanted’ … I was very chubby, I was shy, I wasn’t the lead singer, I was just the piano player in the band, but I was so fed up.” John told the label that he couldn’t write lyrics, and by chance he ended up working with Taupin.