Sir Elton John halted his major Twickenham show on Saturday night to pay tribute to his colleague and friend whom he knew for decades. “I haven’t had the chance to play Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me in England since George died,” Sir Elton told the crowd, “It is such a big part of him and a big part of me. Losing him was one of the most devastating things that had happened to me for a long long time.”
There is no doubt that Sir Elton cared about his friend. And even when he said something that might be considered as an offence (in part when he called Michael’s album disappointing and said the singer had been ‘in a strange place’) he did it only to protect George and to save him. Sir Elton saw his colleague struggling and believed it to have been connected to some addiction George Michael tried to overcome. It is not for us to make conclusions whether it was so or not, but the fact that George Michael’s death is a big loss for Sir Elton is undeniable.