So Elton John is playing a concert this week as part of the star-studded Walmart annual festival of extravagance shareholders’ meeting. What brings the Rocket Man to Northwest Arkansas? Other than whatever it is he is getting paid to perform, it might have been the influence of his BFF Michele Burns, an outgoing Walmart director.
Burns, the former Chief Financial Officer of Delta Airlines, is the treasurer of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Back in 1994, Burns accompanied Elton to the Academy Awards, where he won a Best Original Song Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King, and got to hoist up the little gold man herself. Since there are apparently no pictures of that moment (1994, back before everything was on the internet instantaneously!), we have created a re-enactment: