On a more serious note, the piano player explained that the fight against AIDS is a personal cause to him because he has lost about 60 friends to the disease.
”I was affected during the 80s when it was first happening, and I was a drug addict and an alcoholic at the time. And I maybe did a couple of benefits and I made a record with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight. That’s all I did. I did diddly squat. When I got sober, I wanted to make up for lost time. I wasn’t there in the 80s when I needed to be. I lost a lot of friends in the 80s, who I didn’t really do much to help, even though I was in the thick of it and a gay man. So it’s been an incredible effect on my life when you lose that amount of people,” he said.
In the past two decades, the Elton John Aids Foundation has raised more than $300 million worldwide to support programs fighting against HIV and AIDS.