“What a mess in here!”: Elton John plays goodbye at the White House
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“What a mess here!”
Elton John Says Goodbye at the White House
09/24/2022, 06:55 AM
Elton John has been on his farewell tour for four years. The pop icon is retiring in a few months. Before that, the 75-year-old played for the US president in the White House – and joked about the equipment.
British pop legend Elton John has given a concert in the garden of the White House. For about 2000 guests of honor, 75-year-old John sang world hits such as “Your Song”, “I Am Still Standing” and “Rocket Man”. The evening, themed “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme”, was hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.
It was “the icing on the cake” for him to play here, said John, who has been on a farewell tour since 2018 that is expected to end in July 2023. “What a mess here!” said John in greeting before sitting down at the piano for his 40-minute performance in a sparkly black suit and orange-tinted glasses on his face. The White House behind him was lit up, in front of it was a military orchestra in full uniform.
The US government had invited activists especially for LGBT rights, nurses and teachers to the concert. Also in attendance, according to the White House, were Afghan Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and former tennis player and activist Billie Jean King.
evening with distinction
US President Biden told John his music “changed our lives”. At the end of the performance, he awarded the singer the National Humanities Medal. “I’ve never been stunned, but now I am,” said the visibly moved John at the award ceremony, which honors the US government’s personalities whose work has advanced understanding of the humanities. John himself expressed the wish that the US would again be able to “bridge the political divide”.
John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road global farewell tour began in Pennsylvania in September 2018 and is expected to conclude in Sweden next July. The 75-year-old was named the top solo artist on Billboard’s 2019 list of the greatest musicians of all time — and third overall after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.