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Trump Adviser Says Elton John to Play at Inauguration; Singer Denies It

Trump Adviser Says Elton John to Play at Inauguration; Singer Denies It

(AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:02 AM

Is Elton John going to perform his greatest hits at the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president?

It depends who you ask.

A key member of the president-elect's transition team says the beloved pop superstar has been tapped to play at the January 20th ceremony.

"Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for inauguration," billionaire investment guru Anthony Scaramucci said on the BBC's "HardTALK" program. "He will be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance."

Not so fast, a representative for John says.

"Elton will not be performing at Trump's inauguration," the spokesperson told the New York Post.

If John did ring in Trump's first day in the White House, it would likely ruffle the feathers of Trump's deeply conservative supporters as the singer-songwriter is a longtime champion of gay rights, including same-sex marriage.

John — whose hits include "Rocket Man," "Philadelphia Freedom," "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)" and "The Bitch is Back" — was one of the first major pop stars to come out as gay and is wed to Canadian film producer David Furnish, whose movies include "Gnomeo & Juliet."

In 1997, John famously played at Princess Diana's funeral service, tweaking the words of his Marilyn Monroe tribute "Candle in the Wind" to refer to the beloved royal who tragically died in a car crash.

John was not thrilled with Trump during the raucous 2016 presidential campaign, bristling that the billionaire real-estate tycoon was playing some of his hits at campaign appearances without authorization.

"I don't really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign," John told London's Guardian newspaper.

"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 f***** Nugent? Or one of those f***** country stars? They'll do it for you."

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Is Elton John going to perform his greatest hits at the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president? It depends who you ask.
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