From Keith Richards to Stevie Nicks, “sex, drugs and rock and roll” has been the war cry for many musicians and in a new interview with Matt Lauer, Elton John admits that it was for him, too.

The conversation, which will be featured on NBC’s “Today” in two parts airing Tuesday and Wednesday July 17 and 18, revolves around John’s first-ever memoir, “Love Is The Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS,” which hits store shelves on July 17.

The musician, who has long been an AIDS activist and has raised over $275 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) which he founded in 1992, speaks candidly with Lauer about the guilt he feels for being “consumed” by drugs while the AIDS epidemic ravaged the gay community around him in the early 80’s.

John says:

via Elton John On ‘Today’ With Matt Lauer: Rocker Talks AIDS, Coming Out, Fatherhood.