Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road. Hello, White House. Biden invites Elton John to perform
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President Joe Biden will host musician Elton John for a performance on the South Lawn of the White House Friday for an event called “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme.”
The president and first lady Jill Biden will also offer remarks.
John, billed by the administration as a “music legend and global humanitarian,” will perform in celebration of the “healing and unifying power of music,” the White House said in a statement.
The administration has also invited a group of people they have termed “everyday history-makers”: teachers, nurses, mental health advocates and other front-line workers.
Elton John said no to Trump’s inauguration
John, a British citizen, previously performed at a White House state dinner during the Clinton administration — but declined an invitation to perform at Trump’s 2017 inauguration and Friday’s performance could come as a thumb in the eye for the former president.
“I have given it at lot of thought, and as a British National I don’t feel that it’s appropriate for me to play at the inauguration of an American President,” John told Trump’s inaugural team in an email, according to the New York Times. “Please accept my apologies.”
John had previously performed at one of Trump’s wedding ceremonies and his music is a fixture at Trump’s rallies.
Memorably, the singer’s 1971 multi-platinum hit “Tiny Dancer” boomed behind Trump as he learned that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.
WATCH: Trump hears from a reporter that Justice Ginsburg has died.
“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time.”
“She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman…I’m sad to hear that.” pic.twitter.com/5Na3vHzP7f
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) September 19, 2020
The title for Friday’s event, “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” is drawn from Seamus Heaney’s poem “The Cure of Troy.” It’s often quoted by Biden, including when he accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
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