Donald Trump may not have secured the Republican nomination let alone won the Presidential election, but he has already decided he wants Sir Elton John to perform at his inauguration.
The British rock star’s hits are frequently used at Trump rallies with “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” being particular favourites.
But should he win November’s election, he may find securing Sir Elton’s services rather difficult given that the singer has made clear he has not given permission for his music to be used by the Republican front-runner.
A publicist for the singer-songwriter made clear that he was not backing the property mogul. “Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump. Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton.”
Sir Elton is one of a number of pop stars to distance themselves from the Trump campaign. Similar sentiments have been voiced by Adele , REM, Neil Young and the Rolling Stones, whose hits including “You can’t alwathem.et what you want” have been on the rally playlists.
A spokesman for the band said that their permission had neither been sought nor granted for their music to be played.
Mr Trump’s choice of Sir Elton is also likely to annoy some on the conservative religious right who will object to the singer’s homosexuality and have already lambasted the businessman for his “New York” values.
He has already come under attack from Ted Cruz, his main Republican opponent, over his opposition to North Carolina’s “bathroom law”, which requires transgender people to use lavatories based on their biological sex.
However Mr Trump has said that transgender people should be free to use whichever lavatory they felt was appropriate.
It led to a vitriolic attack add by the Cruz campaign which accused Mr Trump of not only failing to take on the “PC Police” but being one of them