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Elton John will perform at the White House on Friday : NPR


Elton John attends the ‘Rocketman’ photocall during the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France.

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Elton John will perform at the White House on Friday : NPR

Elton John attends the ‘Rocketman’ photocall during the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France.

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President Joe Biden will host musician Elton John for a performance on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday for an event called “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme.”

President and First Lady Jill Biden will also offer remarks.

John, billed by the administration as a “music legend and global humanitarian,” will perform to celebrate the “healing and unifying power of music,” the White House said in a statement.

The administration also invited a group of people it called “everyday story makers”: teachers, nurses, mental health advocates and other frontline workers.

Elton John said no to Trump’s inauguration

John, a British citizen, has previously performed at a White House state dinner during the Clinton administration – but declined an invitation to perform at Trump’s 2017 inauguration and the performance of Friday could be a thumbs-up for the former president.

“I’ve thought about it a lot, and as a British national, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to play the inauguration of an American president,” John told Trump’s inaugural team in an e-mail, depending on the New York Times. “Please accept my excuses.”

John had previously performed at one of Trump’s wedding ceremonies and his music is an integral part of Trump’s gatherings.

Memorably, the singer’s multi-platinum 1971 hit “Tiny Dancer” exploded behind Trump when he learned that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.

The title of Friday’s event, “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” is taken from Seamus Heaney’s poem “The Cure of Troy.” He is often quoted by Biden, including when he accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.



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