Elton John awarded with France’s top honor, the Legion d’Honneur.
Elton John was recently awarded France’s highest civilian honor this week. During the French leg of his farewell tour, the French presidency said. The Legion d’Honneur award was presented to the 72-year-old megastar by French President Emmanuel Macron. The ceremony took place at the Elysee Palace in the French capital on Friday.
During his speech he told how important the battle against AIDS was to him. He said, “Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years. And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d’Honneur.”
The singer’s life is captured in the Rocketman biopic that featured at Cannes film festival last month. He received a standing ovation at the festival. His impressive career lasted for five decades. The British performer has used his stardom to promote gay rights and AIDS. People expected him to use this occasion to talk about his Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
In 1992, Elton John set up his own Elton John AIDS foundation. It was just months after his friend Freddy Mercury died of the disease. It has since raised more than $400 million (357 million euros) for the cause.
The current President of the French Republic is Emmanuel Macron and his office praised Elton John as a “piano virtuoso, melodic genius and a true showman” who was also “one of the first gay artists to have the courage to say it and to give voice to the LGBT community in the media.”
Last year, the famous showman announced he would retire after a final global tour, saying he wanted to spend more time with his children. “I’m not Cher,” he said during the announcement, referencing the Believe singer’s habit of returning to live work following supposed ‘farewell’ tours, “This is the end.”
Elton has titled his final tour the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Beginning in the US last September, he will be retiring after the massive three-year world tour that will end in 2021. Its UK dates will take place in 2019 and 2020, with tickets going on sale in September of this year. However, people will see him performing in Lille on Tuesday before taking the show to Paris on Thursday followed by an appearance in Bordeaux and Nimes.
Rocketman stars Taron Egerton.
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