In the 70s and 80s, I ran a football club in England and I had done a lot of benefits for other people, Sir Elton explained. I saw the hotel rooms and the planes. Im not stupid. I thought, How are they going to have any money left over?
We kept it small, we kept our eye on the ball, he added. My mantra was, Do not waste money.
The singer's latest EJAF fundraiser took place on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street.
The evening included a live auction during which Lily Safra snapped up a pair of Andy Warhol cow prints for $44,000, while Brooke Shields opted for a $20,000 portrait session with Jean-Philippe Delhomme.
Lunch with the emcee, Anderson Cooper, went for $44,000, and a vacation package in Tuscany for $38,000.
Around 10 p.m., the lights dimmed and Stevie Nicks took the stage. She offered a rousing, hour-long set of material both old and new, and dedicated Soldier's Angel to the host's AIDS efforts.