On Monday night (November 5th) Elton John addressed the attendees at the annual fall gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. Rolling Stone reported that Elton — on an off-night from his proposed three-year-“Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour — spoke frankly about the current State of the Union, while recalling how he was welcomed with open arms by America upon first coming here in 1970. He told the crowd, “I worry about the future of this country. If you don’t show another human respect, then that person is going to be ostracized, he’s going to be angry, he’s going to lash out. And I feel that in this country, sooner or later, people are going to lash out because they’re getting sick and tired of it — and I don’t want that to happen.”

Elton spoke about the late, great Aretha Franklin who has appeared at the 2017 EJAF benefit held at Manhattan’s Gothic Cathedral of St. John, telling the audience, “You don’t see greatness like that very often, and we will never see it again. I honestly didn’t know how she could possibly perform in the physical condition I saw her in. And she did perform. She raised the roof. And I think it’s because she was inspired by being in the cathedral. She went to church. She went back to where she came from and she raised the roof, and she sang, and she played, and she made us all weep. She gave us the performance of a lifetime.”

Having received every conceivable accolade as a world-class singer-songwriter-performer, we asked Elton John what continues to inspire him: “It's always about tomorrow and not the past. It's lovely to go and to look back, but I'm a person who looks forward. I'm more interested in what's going to happen next. I value the past and my career, and sometimes when I go back. I think, 'Oh, that's pretty good'– but I'm all about what's going to happen next.” at New York's Madison Square Garden

Source: Pulse of Radio