The Los Angeles Dodgers made a $1 million donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation last night during the penultimate show of its final North American tour.
John was the attraction for three sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium, which ended tonight, supposedly ending the 75-year-old’s North American touring days (he’ll still be doing European dates, and we’ve already taken vows of retirement before heard).
John gave a heartfelt thank you to Los Angeles on Saturday night. He acknowledged that his career in Los Angeles took off, thanks to a magical night at the Troubadour. He credited former Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn for capturing that show, and also cited his iconic 1975 date at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium as one of the reasons he ended his Los Angeles run on the same day. wanted to end location.
“I am excited to play my three final shows of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in the US at Dodger Stadium, an iconic venue that has meant so much to me and my career,” he said in a statement.
Dodgers chairman and principal owner Mark Walter and tennis legend, activist and Dodgers co-owner Billie Jean King joined John on stage to present the donation during Saturday’s show.
“In addition to the obvious impact and joy of his music, Elton has been a social leader in advancing LGBTQ acceptance and equality and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation,” Walter said. “We at the Dodgers share Elton’s commitment to community, equality and service and are pleased to support the foundation’s work. Billie Jean and I thank Elton for all he has achieved and congratulate him on his iconic career.”
The Elton John AIDS Foundation was founded in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS organizations in the world. The Foundation’s mission is simple: to end the AIDS epidemic.