As EJW readers are likely aware, the Rocket Man appeared by video at a virtual fundraiser on Saturday.
This was on behalf of Hillsides, a Southern California mental health and foster care agency.
Hundreds tuned in, and over $470,000 was raised. That was thanks in part to the auction. Three of Elton's bandmates contributed: There were 30-minute virtual meet and greets with Davey Johnstone and John Mahon (two separate experiences) as well as a signed drumhead from Nigel Olsson.
There were also performances. Davey and John covered Sting's Fragile and also joined Heart's Nancy Wilson for a rendition of Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.
Highlights, including Elton's message (30:48 into the recording) and the aforementioned performances (towards the end) are at the