Fender was booked to play at Elton’s Academy Awards Viewing Party, which raised money for the Elton John Foundation.
During his set, the North Shields musician was joined on stage by Elton to perform Fender’s track ‘Will We Talk?’ from his 2019 debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.
Elton John performing Will We Talk with Sam Fender???? Proud doesn’t cut it anymore pic.twitter.com/M4Yd5VChZ3
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Speaking to Billboard about being hand-picked by Elton to perform at his party, Fender said: “It’s ridiculous. I was like, ‘Are you sure? You can have anyone you want.'”
Elton later performed a short solo set of his own, where he played such songs as ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Daniel’, ‘I’m Still Standing’ and ‘Rocketman’.
The short set rounded off a hugely successful night for Elton, who won the Oscar for Best Original Song with Bernie Taupin for the track ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ from the Elton biopic Rocketman.
“It’s been a series of unfortunate events this last month with chest infections, laryngitis and a family bereavement, and now I’ve come down again with tonsillitis,” Fender explained in a message to his fans late last month. “I’m raging, all I want to do is get back out and sing, but I just can’t.”