Pop star Elton John will celebrate his 60th birthday with style on Sunday by performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the 60th time in his long musical career. The birthday bash will be taped and then aired on April 5th during a two-hour special on MyNetworkTV – a mini-network on Fox.
Since October 2001, John has held a record for the most performances at the legendary Garden. Rock icons the Grateful Dead had held the record with 52 performances at the Garden.
The concert follows John`s announcement that he would make his catalog of music (more than 30 albums) available as digital downloads for the first time on March 26th. Apple`s iTunes Music Store will have the exclusive through April 30. His biggest hits will also be available as master ringtones and some of his classic videos will be commercially offered online.
John is also planning to release of his first full-length, over 75 minutes-long U.S. single-disc greatest hits album to be originally issued on CD. Newly compiled and digitally mastered, ‘Rocket Man – Number Ones’ (Island/UMe), released March 27th, spans the first three decades of the singer-songwriter’s career and in a CD+DVD version brings it up-to-date into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s fourth decade.