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Sir Elton John dedicates his iconic song to the late George Michael


Sir Elton John dedicated his iconic song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to the late George Michael during his British Summer Time set on Friday night.

The star, 75, introducing the track – which found a second wave of success in 1991 as a live cover version between Sir Elton and Michael –  saying he ‘misses’ the singer.

George was found dead in bed in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day 2016 by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. A post-mortem later found the cause of death to be heart disease.

Emotional: Sir Elton John dedicated his iconic song Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me to the late George Michael during his British Summer Time set on Friday night

Emotional: Sir Elton John dedicated his iconic song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to the late George Michael during his British Summer Time set on Friday night

Introducing the track an emotional Elton said: ‘I miss him, and we all miss him, and we miss his visage. So, George, I love you and I miss you – here we go.’ 

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me was initially written by Sir Elton and his long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin and released in 1974.

Elsewhere, ahead of his set Sir Elton paid tribute to the work of the frontline NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Explaining that they ‘did the most amazing job’, the music icon shared his admiration for the key workers as he spoke ahead of his performance. 

Friends: The star, 75, introducing the track - which found a second wave of success in 1991 as a live cover version between Sir Elton and Michael - saying he 'misses' the singer (pictured together in 2011)

Friends: The star, 75, introducing the track – which found a second wave of success in 1991 as a live cover version between Sir Elton and Michael – saying he ‘misses’ the singer (pictured together in 2011)

He also gave a nod to the NHS with the Augmented Reality powered performance, which showed a cartoon Elton performing in a hospital, surrounded by doctors and nurses.

Speaking ahead of the show about the healthcare workers during the pandemic, Elton explained: ‘They did the most amazing job, under the most extraordinary, awful circumstances.

‘I mean, it just came out of nowhere. And the hours they worked, the conditions they worked in, the grief they must have suffered by seeing so many people die and suffering. 

Sad: George was found dead in bed in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day 2016 by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. A post-mortem later found the cause of death to be heart disease

Sad: George was found dead in bed in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day 2016 by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. A post-mortem later found the cause of death to be heart disease

‘People couldn’t see their loved ones. But the front line workers, you can’t really say enough about them because you don’t really know the mental stuff that they suffered as well, apart from the exhaustion from treating people – the mental effects it had on people,’ continued Elton.

Explaining that it wasn’t so bad for him as he didn’t have to leave the house, other than for the dentist, Elton described NHS workers as ‘extraordinary’ and admitted that ‘without them we wouldn’t have come through it’.

And during the performance, Elton had teamed with Vodafone for an Augmented Reality feature, which is an interactive experience of a real-world environment – enhancing the performance with computer-generated perceptual information.

Kind: Elsewhere, ahead of his set Sir Elton paid tribute to the work of the frontline NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic

Kind: Elsewhere, ahead of his set Sir Elton paid tribute to the work of the frontline NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic 

For one feature, the app showed a cartoon Elton falling through the stage and into an operation room – surrounded by doctors and nurses as he continued to perform.

The festival was delighted to see Elton as he performed his uplifting hit I’m Still Standing, as NHS workers in the crowd explained their joy and relation to the song.

One, named Adam Barnard, shared: ‘I think there isn’t really a better representation for how a lot of us will be feeling than the lyrics to that song.’

Glitterati: Elton wore a white jacket with large black lapels and a dazzling bejewelled trim for one section of the performance

Glitterati: Elton wore a white jacket with large black lapels and a dazzling bejewelled trim for one section of the performance

‘To see my colleagues and teammates go through what they’ve gone through in the past couple of years and what they’ve given up has been really phenomenal,’ added another of the NHS’s staff, Sara Spearpoint.

Sir Elton put on an animated display as he took to the stage at the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival in London on Friday.

The singer was seen whipping the crowd into a frenzy as he jumped to his feet and waved his arms in the air next to his piano.

Pop star Elton wore a white jacket with large black lapels and a dazzling bejewelled trim, before switching into an eye-catching silk robe. 

Greatest Showman! Sir Elton also put on an animated display in a vibrant jacket as he took to the stage at the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival in London on Friday

Greatest Showman! Sir Elton also put on an animated display in a vibrant jacket as he took to the stage at the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival in London on Friday

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