inauguration 2017

No One, Elton John Included, Wants to Perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Elton John In Concert - Allentown, Pennsylvania
Duh. Photo: Lisa Lake/Getty Images

Barack Obama had Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé for his inaugurations and Donald Trump will have … well, presently, no one. After a staffer on Trump’s transition team seemingly decided to convince Elton John to play at the upcoming inauguration as part of a pro-LGBTQ stance by announcing the news as if it were already a done deal, John has reacted with a hard pass. On Wednesday, his reps swiftly denied that John will have anything to do with Trump’s big day. (Back when Trump used “Tiny Dancer” on his campaign, John also responded: “I’m not a Republican in a million years. Why not ask Ted fucking Nugent?”) Elton John becomes just the latest musician to steer clear of the event, with even Vince Neil getting the boot. But at least Trump can rest easy knowing there’s always Azealia Banks to sing him into the White House.

Elton John Is Not Playing Trump’s Inauguration