“It’s funny how life turns out, isn’t it?”
I love Elton John, and I’m really looking forward to his “fantasty biopic”, Rocketman. But holy bleep – Taron Egerton has my utmost respect for being able to do something I’d never have the ability to do; sing one of Elton’s songs in front of the man himself. I’d faint. Truly. But Egerton nails it, putting his own spin on the tune without trying to echo Sir E’s gorgeous pipes. And can I take a moment to swoon over that magnificent Captain Fantastic look Elton is slaying? It’s fabulous y’all.
This happened during an auction of Rocketman memorabilia for Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. A beautiful moment, for a beautiful cause. Give it a watch, then read on after the jump for all the details!
During the auction lot for ROCKETMAN: an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John, Alexander Gilkes welcomed to the stage actor Taron Egerton, star of the upcoming motion picture film. Following a short preview of the trailer and a round of bidding on a trip to the London premiere of the film, the audience was taken by surprise when Gilkes asked Taron to sing one of Elton John’s songs. Only agreeing to the performance if Elton played the piano, guests were brought to their feet as they watched Elton John take his position on the keys while Taron belted out the lyrics to one of his most beloved ballads, “Tiny Dancer.”
ABOUT THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION ACADEMY AWARDS® VIEWING PARTY:
The 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised over $6.3 million for the global effort to end AIDS. The gala, which took place on Sunday, February 24th, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was generously supported by Presenting Sponsors IMDb and Neuro Drinks. For more information about the Elton John AIDS Foundation, visit EJAF.org or follow @EJAF.
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