A White House press release announced that British singer Elton John would perform at the White House on Friday night.
The South Lawn will be covered with a large tent for the event, the construction of which began Monday.
There have been several months of planning for the concert, which is expected to draw approximately 2,000 guests.
The British singer will perform at the White House for a concert titled “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” sponsored by The History Channel and A&E Network. The official said that the show would air on television at a date to be determined.
As stated in the release, the event will “celebrate the unifying and healing power of music, commend the life and work of Sir Elton John, and honor the everyday history-makers in the audience, including teachers, nurses, frontline workers, mental health advocates, students, LGBTQ+ advocates, and more.”
Dr. Jill Biden and President Joe Biden will also make remarks during the evening. In addition, the White House announced that A&E Networks and The History Channel would pay for the event.
CNN reported that John’s teammates “expressed an interest on his behalf in playing again at the White House.” Bill Clinton invited John to perform at a State Dinner in 1998 for then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair
The Friday event title refers to a line in Seamus Heaney’s poem, “The Cure of Troy.” Biden frequently praises Heaney, and the President has invoked “when hope and history rhyme” several times in his political career, including his approval speech during the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
British singer John Elton shared a special connection with Biden in 2017, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”
President Biden recalled singing Elton’s songs to his son Beau during the artist’s battle with cancer.
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