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Elton's Videotaped Message Played at Opening of Banksy's Hotel

Written by Chief Editor.

A legendary composer performed via a video message at the opening of Banksy's new hotel in Palestine on Saturday.

Elton said, “It’s my great pleasure to be playing in Palestine this evening. Please know that you are not alone. You are not forgotten."

He explained that he would have loved to have been at the opening in person, but joked that "there wasn’t any room at the inn."

The Walled Off Hotel is Banksy's vision of a hotel along the wall Israel built in the occupied West Bank.

The project blends the artist's trademark style — a trickster's eye for trompe l'oeil and a political cartoonist's ear for satire — into more traditional hotel amenities such as food, drinks and well-appointed rooms.

The establishment will begin taking reservations on March 11.