January 20, 2017

Elton John’s concert raises $3 million to battle Prop. 8

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Elton John gave a private concert last night in Beverly Hills and it wasn’t for Rush Limbaugh! (Still can’t seem to be able to wrap my head around that one, sorry. But onward!)

The music icon and new dad performed a 16-song concert at Ron Burkle’s estate which included “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Levon” and raised $3 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights which is challenging Proposition 8 in federal court.

Among the celebrity guests were Adam Lambert, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Marisa Tomei, Rob Reiner, Jason Mraz, J.J. Abrams, David Geffen and Dustin Lance Black. David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the famous lawyers who took on Proposition 8 in federal court, were also in attendance.”

The New York Times reports: The makeshift concert hall for Sir John was an elaborate tent, lined with curtains and backlit with soft lighting. There were about 500 assigned chairs, two video screens and a mini-camera perched on the right side of the keyboard, offering viewers high-definition proof that even at age 63, this is one versatile pianist. The screens were almost not necessary; there was no bad seats in this house.

“As a gay man, I think I have it all: I have a wonderful career, I have my health, I have a partner of 17 years, and I have a son,” he said. “But I don’t have the respect of the church or politicians who say I’m less worthy because I’m gay.”

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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One Comment

  • February 7, 2011 | Permalink |

    Um, wouldn’t this concert had been more beneficial TWO YEARS AGO? Back then, Elton John was saying, “Gay people shouldn’t be asking for marriage.” Now, he’s jumping on the band wagon (after the fact)… trying to act the hero?! Screw You, Elton.

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