Elton John may have just performed his last stadium concert, but he’s definitely not done sharing his musical talent with the world. The superstar graced New York’s Fifth Avenue with his presence on November 22, briefly pausing traffic to deliver a performance of “Your Song” as Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual Christmas window displays were unveiled behind him. His husband David Furnish and their two sons, 11-year-old Zachary and 9-year-old Elijah, also took to the stage to greet the audience alongside him.
As he sang, a giant web of festive lights changed color overhead as the store’s iconic six festively themed windows opened, officially ushering in the most festive time of the year. After his performance, brilliant fireworks shot from the roof of the department store in time with recordings of John’s “Step into Christmas”, “Cold Heart Pnau Remix”, “Your Song” and “Merry Christmas”.
John’s performance was part of an ongoing partnership between Saks and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which includes a $1 million donation on behalf of the business to the foundation’s Rocket Fund. Their partnership also includes a collection curated by Saks and John that includes contributions from the likes of Gucci and Versace.
“I boldly express myself through my music and personal style, and Saks Fifth Avenue shares the same values. We see this time and time again in their world famous window displays and curated designer collections,” John tells POPSUGAR. “Through this collaboration with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, I want others to feel safe expressing their own spirit and find joy in giving love to others by giving back. If we accept people as they are and what they are, the world will be a much, much better place.”
Just two days earlier, the 75-year-old musician gave his official farewell concert at Dodgers Stadium in LA. Ahead of the November 20 event, which was filmed for a Disney+ special, a number of celebrities appeared in a video honoring the star – including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, both of whom thanked the musician for his continued friendship and support. “Thank you for being the friend you were to my mom, thank you for being our friend, thank you for being a friend to our kids,” Harry says in the clip. “We just want to say congratulations and just say we’re so proud of you, so grateful we got to see you on your farewell tour as well,” adds Markle.
While the farewell concert marked the end of John’s stadium touring days and his official retirement, it certainly doesn’t mean he will stop performing, as exemplified by his surprise Saks performance. As his voice sounded as clear and strong as ever on the high notes of “Your Song,” one thing is clear—John’s music, style, and compassion are all gifts that always pass on.
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