Elton John Will Not Cancel Upcoming Moscow Concert
Elton John has vowed to keep an upcoming performance in Moscow on schedule, despite calls and pressure for him to boycott Russia and cancel his show over the country's war on gays.
He wants to make another album with the same producer, T-Bone Burnett, which leads him to talk about his other unfulfilled ambitions. He's always wanted to play in front of the Pyramids of Giza, "but they banned me from going there a couple of years ago because I'm gay". It wasn't the first time his sexuality proved an issue: a church in Tobago organised a protest against his appearance there, while he received threats from an Islamic group when he played in Morocco.
"I'm supposed to be going to Moscow in December," he says. "I've got to go. And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go."
Last week, Cher said that she turned down an opportunity to perform at the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, citing Russia's anti-gay law as the reason. What do you think about Elton's decision that the show must go on?