This morning news began floating around the web that Elton John would play in Washington, D.C., on January 20, as Motley Cru frontman Vince Neil had been ousted from the presidential inauguration. However, the Daily Beast reported that John’s publicist this morning said there are no such plans.
The BBC reported that Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump’s transition team and vice chair of the presidential inaugural committee, told the network’s Stephen Sackur that “Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for Inauguration.”
According to the New York Post, Scaramucci, who is a founder and co-manager of the hedge fund SkyBridge Capital, said Trump will be the first president to “enter the White House with a pro-gay rights stance.” He added that “Mr. Trump is going to be more about what’s right or wrong for the American people as opposed to left or right.”
Elton John has been an LGBT icon since he came out as homosexual in 1988. His AllMusic profile states that the artist had a top 40 single ever year between 1970 and 1996. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in February 1998.
John has been married to filmmaker David Furnish since 2014, the year that gay marriage became legal in the United Kingdom. The musician said during the campaign season that he didn’t want Trump playing his songs at rallies, telling The Guardian, “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.”