With a crowd of about 20,000 fans cheering, Sir Elton John celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday by rocking Madison Square Garden for the 60th time. The pop icon’s birthday concert included a surprise introduction by former president Bill Clinton, and featured special appearances by Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg.
The concert featured a wide range of John’s catalog of music – including hits like “Rocket Man,” “Bennie And The Jets” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” John ended the three-hour show with on emotional highlight with “Your Song.”
John dedicated “Something About The Way You Look Tonight” to his partner David Furnish and also gave tribute to John Lennon. Lennon had joined John on the Garden stage during a concert in November 1974 – which turned out to be Lennon’s last performance before he was shot and killed.
During the concert, other celebrities spotted at the event included Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Keifer Sutherland, Jon Bon Jovi, Lulu and Michael Caine. The birthday bash will be 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.