Elton John playing at Emperor Cheeto’s inaugural concert? Yeah, no. Despite a transition team member’s statement to the contrary, Anthony Scaramucci said on HARDTalk in the U.K.
“This’ll be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro gay-rights stance. Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the Mall for the inauguration.”
But the singer’s New York rep disagreed, telling London’s Times on Wednesday,
“Elton will not be performing. There is no truth to this at all.”
Trump used John’s music against his wishes during his campaign rallies, so it’s not a big surprise that the Rocket Man won’t be playing for the president-elect on Jan. 20. In February, before Trump became the nominee, John tried to distance himself from U.S. politics.
But John played at a Hillary Clinton fundraising event along with Katy Perry and Audra Day at Radio City that I attended (it was the first & only time I’ve seen Elton live) He performed again just last month at a big-ticket event and according to the Hollywood Reporter, he referred to Trump as a “barbarian,” while lavishing praise on the former secretary of state. About Trump’s inaugural, he said…
“I’m British. I’ve met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me. It’s nothing personal. His political views are his own, mine are very different, I’m not a Republican in a million years.
Why not ask Ted fucking Nugent? Or one of those fucking country stars? They’ll do it for you.”
Paging, Blake Shelton…
— BBC HARDtalk (@BBCHARDtalk) November 22, 2016
(via L.A. Times)