When Elton John heard information of Queen Elizabeth II’s loss of life within the U.Okay., he didn’t cancel his Thursday present in Canada. Instead, the singer devoted a efficiency of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to the royal — and eulogized her earlier than a crowd.
“She was an inspiring presence to be around,” John informed his viewers at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, as reported by Billboard. “She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a genuine, caring warmth. I’m 75. She’s been with me all my life, and I feel very sad that she won’t be with me anymore.
“But I’m glad she’s at peace, and I’m glad she’s at rest. And she deserves it. She’s worked bloody hard. I send my love to her family and her loved ones, and she will be missed. But her spirit lives on, and we celebrate her life tonight with music.”
John, who’s at present within the midst of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour, earlier paid tribute to the queen on Instagram. He wrote he was “deeply saddened to hear the news” and that the queen “has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.”
This wasn’t the primary time that John devoted a musical efficiency to a member of the British royal household. He carried out a model of “Candle in the Wind” on the 1997 funeral of Princess Diana, a pricey good friend.
The “Rocket Man” singer additionally famously chronicled witnessing Elizabeth slap Viscount Linley, her nephew.
In the 2019 memoir “Me,” John recalled watching “her approach Viscount Linley and ask him to look in on his sister, who’d been taken ill and had retired to her room.”
“When he repeatedly tried to fob her off, the Queen lightly slapped him across the face, saying ‘Don’t’ — SLAP — ‘argue’ — SLAP — ‘with’ — SLAP — ‘me’ — SLAP — ‘I’ — SLAP — ‘am’ — SLAP — ‘THE QUEEN!’” the singer recounted.
John grew to become the primary brazenly homosexual musician to be knighted by Elizabeth when he obtained the consideration in 1998 for his philanthropic and creative work. He has met with a number of members of the royal household over time.
Elizabeth died Thursday at her Scottish residence of Balmoral Citadel. She was 96.