Shortly after the announcement that Elton John would be performing at the presidential inauguration in January, the award-winning singer and pianist refuted the claim.
In an interview Tuesday with BBC, Anthony Scaramucci, a member of President-elect Trump’s inauguration committee, said John would be performing at the event.
“Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for inauguration,” Scaramucci told the BBC.
Scaramucci went on to say that having John perform “shows our committment to gay rights.”
He added, “This will be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance.”
After hearing Scaramucci’s announcement, a spokesperson for the legendary singer was quick to set the record straight.
“Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,” the spokesman told the New York Post.
Throughout the presidential campaign, John was a supporter of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian,” John said. “She is, without a doubt, the only candidate supremely qualified to lead this great nation in these challenging times.”
Although Trump used several of the artist’s songs on the campaign trail, “Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump,” the singer’s spokesman said. “Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton.”
In February, John told the Guardian he didn’t want his music associated with an American election campaign because he is British.
He admitted he had met Trump and was treated nicely; however, they have different political views.
“I’m not a Republican in a million years,” said John.
In an earlier announcement based on a report from the New York Daily News, musician Vince Neil of the band Motley Crue said the band had been invited to perform at the inauguration, “no matter who won.”
But Neil later said that after the Republicans won the election, the band’s invitation was rescinded.
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