His music blared across stadiums for countless Donald Trump rallies, but Elton John won’t be participating in the president-elect’s inauguration, a representative for the famed singer said Wednesday.
‘Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,’ the rep said, according to the New York Post.
A transition adviser to Trump had claimed Tuesday that the famed ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Your Song’ musician would be a featured part of ceremonies surrounding the January 20 event.
‘Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for inauguration,’ said Anthony Scaramucci, who is also a member of the presidential inaugural committee.
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Scaramucci made the statement as he defended his and Trump’s record on gay rights in an interview with BBC’s ‘HARDtalk.’
‘I’m also a gay rights advocate,’ he said. ‘I’m for marriage equality. And by the way, this’ll be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance.’
President Obama also has long supported gay rights, although his position ‘evolved’ to supporting marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
John’s music had a prominent role in Trump’s rally playlist, with hits like ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘Tiny Dancer,’ and ‘Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding’ in constant rotation.
‘I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign,’ John told Britain’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***ing Nugent? Or one of those fucking country stars? They’ll do it for you.’
His publicist said during the campaign: ‘Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton.’
President Obama – who packed the White House on Tuesday with celebrities including Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday while bestowing Medals of Freedom – set the bar high for the inauguration.
Beyonce performed at his 2013 inauguration, although she caused an international sensation when it was revealed she lip-synced the National Anthem in cold weather.
There has been no official announcement from Elton John’s camp or the presidential inaugural committee about entertainment for the inauguration, which is expected to draw thousands of supporters as well as protesters to Washington on January 20.
John backed Hillary Clinton during the campaign, and said ‘We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian,’ the Post noted in a report on the possible performance.
John reportedly once gave Trump piano lessons.