Biden will host Trump favorite Elton John at the White House on Friday for night to ‘celebrate the unifying and healing power of music and honor everyday history makers’
- Joe and Jill Biden will host Elton John on Friday night for a concert on the South Lawn of the White House
- John will headline an event entitled ‘A Night When Hope and History Rhyme’
- It will celebrate the healing power of music and commend the work of John
- Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, was a huge Elton John fan
- He asked John to play at his inauguration but singer declined
While the current first couple are fans, Biden’s predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, long considered John a personal friend and was reported to be ‘obsessed’ with him. John declined to play at Trump’s inauguration.
Now John will perform for a commander in chief when he headline s‘A Night When Hope and History Rhyme’ that will celebrate the healing power of music and commend the life and work of the singer.
The audience will include teachers, nurses, frontline workers, mental health advocates, students, and LGBTQ+ advocates, the White House said.
Biden and John have met before when both men appeared on Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show in November 2017. Biden was vice president at the time.
Elton John will headline a concert for Joe and Jill Biden on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday night
Joe Biden and Elton John have met before; both men appeared on Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show in November 2017 (above)
The concert comes as the White House increases its events schedule – and the number of guests it will host – as the country moves on from the covid pandemic.
Musician James Taylor played at the White House last week for a celebration of the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. Thousands of guests crowded the South Lawn for the event.
But it’s Donald Trump who has long been obsessed with Elton John.
Trump even saw the singer’s music as key to U.S. relations with North Korea. He had an autographed CD with John’s song ‘Rocket Man’ delivered to Kim Jung Un after the two men met in Singapore meeting in 2018.
He had used the song as a nickname for Kim.
Trump also tried to get John to play at his 2017 inauguration, according to the New York Times.
The singer declined.
‘Thank you so much for the extremely kind invitation to play at your inauguration,’ John wrote, according to the Times. ‘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. Please accept my apologies.’
John had played at Trump’s third wedding in 2005 to Melania Knauss.
‘Tiny Dancer,’ one of John’s most well-known songs, was a staple at Trump campaign rallies even as the singer expressed reservations about it.
‘I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign,’ John told The Guardian in 2016. ‘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.
Donald Trump is a huge Elton John fan; Trump, John and then Melania Knauss are seen together at the 12th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party; John played at Donald and Melania’s wedding
And Trump bragged about all the Elton John records he’d broken, comparing attendance at his campaign rallies with attendance at Elton John concerts held in the same venue.
‘Great news! Tonight, we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena in Manchester, New Hampshire!’ Trump tweeted in August 2019.
And, at an event in Montana during his presidency, Trump said: ‘I have broken more Elton John records. He seems to have a lot of records.’
‘And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No, we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record.’