Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Elton Played Wedding as an "Olive Branch Offer"

Add Elton John to those who were not expecting him to get an invite to Rush Limbaugh's wedding.

"To put it in Elton's exact words, when he got the invitation, he was 'a little surprised,' " his partner David Furnish told PEOPLE on Sunday at the Tony Awards in New York. "And then, when it turned out to be a genuinely sincere invitation ... Elton said, 'Life is about building bridges, not walls.' "

John also saw it as another opportunity, in his words, "to go where people wouldn't expect me to go."
"And maybe if I can make a great impression," Furnish quoted him as saying, "people might change their perspectives on life."

Furnish was in Europe and couldn't attend the wedding. But John told him it was a beautiful event and Limbaugh and his bride "were incredibly gracious and very welcoming and very sweet and very appreciative."

"Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks: 'I suppose you all wonder why I'm here tonight?' " says Furnish. "But ultimately, it's a bit like an olive branch, I guess."

By all accounts, John and the couple got along well. "I wasn't there, but from everything Elton told me, he said Rush and his bride were incredibly charming and welcoming. And they have said they want to come and have dinner with us in England, if they pass through in their travels."

The tentative offer was welcomed. "We have to bring the world together, not apart," said Furnish, who produced Next Fall with Sir Elton on Broadway.



Jess said...

That's a very good article. Wish more people would do this, instead of criticizing people for doing something out of their political views. I applaud Elton's actions, some people were against Elton accepting an award from President Bush, I see the same with Limbaugh.

davidinIowa said...

Cheers to Elton for playing the gig. cheers to his extended hand, uniting and trying to help people see something differently.
Now, can Mr. Limbaugh learn from this gracious and brave example?
Tune in and listen.

davidinIowa said...

Cheers to Elton for playing this gig, for helping to shed light, and uniting instead of dividing. Now we'll see if Mr. Limbaugh carries the same motive. Tune in and see.