Elton John set to perform at The White House for a special celebratory event

Legendary British singer Elton John is gearing up to perform at the event 'When Hope and History Rhyme'

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Elton John attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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Elton John is set to take part in a huge performance at the White House during the special event 'When Hope and History Rhyme'.

Elton, who recently revealed the heartbreaking reason Britney Spears had ‘fear’ over Hold Me Closer collaboration, has just wrapped up his farewell tour of the US, making his performance at the White House a poignant finale.

The singer will perform in front of guests on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, according to an exclusive invite that went out this week, Deadline (opens in new tab) reports.

This will be one of the first performances to take place at the White House since Covid-19 restrictions were eased, but guest will still be required to carry out tests before the event, the news outlet reports.

While Elton is expected to carry on performances well into 2023, after he wraps up his world tour in Sweden, he's set to take a break from music. 

Once his Farewell Yellow Brick tour finishes in July 2023, Elton is planning a "hiatus" to focus on other ventures. He told hosts on the Hits Radio Breakfast show, "After next year when I finish in Stockholm, I'll go on a bit of a hiatus and figure out what I'm going to do next." 

While it sounds like Elton isn't planning to release any new music any time soon, his last track, Hold Me Closer, a duet with Britney Spears, was an instant hit, debuting at No 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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But it wasn't an easy road to the success of the duet, with the singer admitting that there were some nerves before Britney and Elton's collaboration.

"We had to get her to approve what she did," he revealed to the Guardian (opens in new tab). "She’s been away so long – there’s a lot of fear there because she’s been betrayed so many times and she hasn’t really been in the public eye officially for so long." 

But Britney needn't have worried, as Elton went on to give her performance a glowing review.

"Everyone was saying they don’t think she can sing anymore," he said. "But I said, she was brilliant when she started so I think she can. And she did it, and I was so thrilled with what she did." 

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