He delivers the message during his Global Citizen live performance in Paris
Elton John yesterday joined the Global Citizen live event around the world, performing several hits and delivering a strong message on COVID vaccination.
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The charity gigs, which aim to “unit the world to protect the planet and defeat poverty,” took place yesterday (25 September) during a 24-hour broadcast and livestream in several cities around the world.
In Paris, Sir Elton spoke to Eiffel, before sharing some heartfelt words about the coronavirus pandemic and how it is affecting people in poorer regions of the world. Treat your audience to a performance of ‘Tiny Dancer’ at the base of the tower.
“I’ve spent most of my life fighting the AIDS epidemic, and we’ve made great progress for two reasons: one, we’ve always followed the science, second, we’ve put our arms around everyone to make sure That no one should be left behind,” he said.
“These same lessons apply equally to the COVID pandemic. While most here today have been vaccinated against COVID, only four per cent are in Africa. We should not leave anyone behind.”
John urges people to donate go give one by Vaccine Equity Campaign WHO Foundation, as donations up to $1 million will be matched. “Showing this love and solidarity for others during Covid, as we have done with AIDS, is how we will build a better future,” he said.
Elsewhere during his set, he performed “Rocket Man”, “Your Song” and his new single “After All” with Charlie Puth. It was John’s last public performance before his upcoming hip operation, which he revealed he would do earlier this month when he announced the postponement of the UK and European dates of his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’.
At the New York leg of Global Citizen Live, Coldplay was the headliner, and was joined by Billie Eilish and Phineas to share a poignant rendition of ‘Fix You’.
Lorde opened the NYC leg performing the title track from her recent third album; He also shared a strong message on climate change.
Meanwhile, Elton John brought Metallica frontman James Hetfield to tears earlier this month after calling the band’s track ‘Nothing Else Matters’ “one of the best songs ever written”.