A Date to Remember and to Celebrate Anew!
Sir Elton John owns a five-decade career with over 300 million records sold and thirty albums recorded. He has charted more than fifty Top 40 hits with at least one song on the Billboard Top 100 for thirty-one straight years from 1970-2000. While his ode to Princess Diana, 1997’s reworking of Candle in the Wind, may have been top seller with over 33 million copies sold worldwide, Philadelphia Freedom, penned for Billie Jean King’s culturally resonant Philadelphia-based tennis team, is perhaps the one that comes to mind for most Philadelphians. That title has a particularly Philadelphia story—and that story connects to our January guest artist, the wonderful Rufus Wainwright.
The Philly POPS, Sir Elton John, and Rufus Wainwright share a special honor: performing on Independence Day in Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation, at July 4, 2005’s Philadelphia Freedom Concert. The benefit concert raised considerable funs for HIV/AIDS education and treatment organizations – a cause close to the hearts of both Elton and Rufus. The Philly POPS orchestra actually performed on-stage with Elton John that night!
“We began adding new acts to the line-up, which now consisted of Sir Elton John, Patti LaBelle, Bryan Adams, and then we were delighted that Elton brought Rufus Wainwright on board… We now had our orchestra with the Philly POPS, our legendary ensemble made up of musicians who played orchestral versions of a variety of musical genres. PGN has been a proud partner of the POPS ever since.”
- Mark Segal, publisher of Philadelphia Gay News and concert organizer of the July 4, 2005 Philadelphia Freedom Concert on the Parkway
Both artists continue to dazzle their fans artistically; both continue to generously devote their time and passion to meaningful initiatives. In fact, Elton John has called Rufus Wainwright “the greatest songwriter on the planet.”
Celebrate their inspirational legacies with a very special 2PACK offer to see both 2017-2018 shows!