Elton John is one of a list of notable British musicians that have declined to perform at the Coronation concert for King Charles III.
The special event honoring King Charles III’s ascending to the throne is set to take place on May 7. The Daily Mail, citing U.K’s The Sun, reports Sir Elton turned down the invite to perform at the concert due to his ongoing touring schedule. Additionally, Harry Styles, a reunited Spice Girls and Robbie Williams were also invited to perform but turned down their invitation. “Busy schedules” were cited as their reason for not performing.
Believe it or not, more artists were invited to perform at the Coronation concert only to decline. Per OK! magazine, Adele and Ed Sheeran were both invited to perform, and both pop stars declined. The outlet noted, “[The King] was very keen that they were part of the concert.”
It added, ” … There is a team set up to get the talent signed up so they approached the two of them, but got replies saying that they were unavailable, which was a massive disappointment. They are titans of the showbiz industry and are quintessentially British but also known across the globe. It’s such a shame.”
King Charles III’s Coronation concert may end up being finalized right up to May 7. Of course, news of all of the declined invites has certainly raised plenty of eyebrows. However, comedian/writer Rohita Kadambi pointed out something rather obvious regarding this news. She wrote on Twitter, “Did he really think Elton ‘Candle in the Wind’ John would perform? Be so f-cking for real, Charlie.”
Whether or not Sir Elton’s friendship with the late Princess Diana played into his decision is anyone’s guess. Nonetheless, it’s hard imagining is not.