Elton John performs in the White House garden
Pop icon Elton John performed in the garden of the White House at the invitation of the Bidens. For the musician, it was an experience he describes as "icing on the cake".
At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, British pop star Sir Elton-John performed in the White House garden.
Under a festive tent roof in front of the government headquarters, the 75-year-old played on a grand piano surrounded by hundreds of invited guests on Friday evening (local time) and sang his famous song "Your Song" to start with. Elton John said at the beginning that he had performed in some beautiful places, but this was "the icing on the cake".
Bidens want to celebrate the "connecting power of music".
Biden and his wife Jill hosted the event, according to the White House, to "reveal the healing and connecting power of music"Few things have the power to bring us together like music," the first lady said. "It can make us move together on the dance floor, sing along with strangers when we hear a familiar tune. She's a voice for the feelings that we can't always define."
Joe Biden gushed that Elton John gave others a lot of hope in his musical career. "Elton John's music changed our lives," he said president and added to the pop star: "Thank you for moving the soul of our nation."
According to the White House, there were around 2,000 guests in the audience, including former First Lady Laura Bush, various cabinet members and congressmen, teachers, students, rescue workers, nurses, as well as activists and people who are campaigning against discrimination.