Elton John just wanted to say hi and thank you…with beautiful MUSIC, y’all.
Elton played for about 70 minutes to a crowd of a couple thousand onlookers in what used to be the city’s Tower Records store, in gratitude for the city annually hosting his Academy Awards viewing party that raises money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The thing was announced the night before to avoid overcrowding, though the place was packed by noon, when the thing was set to start.
Announced by West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath, John and his five-member band performed on a full stage erected in what once was the Tower Records parking lot. “I could have probably bought Los Angeles for the money I spent in Tower Records,” he said with a broad smile from his bench at a Yamaha concert grand piano.
John played hits including “Bennie and the Jets,” “Rocket Man,” “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which he performed in duet with the show’s only guest, Lady Gaga. He also played new stuff from his new album, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” including the title track, the ballad “A Good Heart” and a love song, “Blue Wonderful.”
According to the LA times, spokesman for the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department said the event “went smoothly. There were no problems.”
A little Elton before Oscar? Not too shabby.