Greta Van Fleet has been invited to perform with Elton John at the legendary star’s annual charity Oscars viewing party this Sunday (March 4th). Elton personally phoned the Michigan-based band last month to invite them to play at the event, which he has hosted to raise money for his AIDS foundation since 1993. It’s now been confirmed that the up-and-coming rock quartet will jam with Elton as well.
Guitarist Jake Kiszka told Loudwire about getting the invitation, “It was about 10:00 a.m. and management calls and says, ‘Hey boys, you have a call coming from England in a little while.’ So we pick up the phone (and he says), ‘Hey boys, it’s Elton.’ It was actually Elton John on the phone!” Kiszka added, “I remember seeing The Lion King when I was really young and being affected by ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight.’ I remember listening to Elton John in the car.”
- The band members are bringing their mothers to the event. Greta Van Fleet will reportedly play for about an hour, with John joining them for the last few songs.
- Kiszka said they’re “talking about” playing “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” as well as some songs from Elton’s breakthrough 1970 self-titled album.
- Elton reportedly told the band that they were “the best rock ‘n’ roll I’ve heard in 20 f**king years!'”
- The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party has been held every year in Los Angeles since 1993. The party is hosted by Elton and the AIDS Foundation, and is one of the most high-profile parties in the Hollywood film industry. It raises money for the foundation fund via ticket sales and a celebrity auction.