Elton John

Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden [DVD]

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Elton John celebrated his 60th birthday and made his record-setting 60th appearance at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2007, with a special concert lasting three hours and 18 minutes on this two-DVD set, and featuring 33 songs. Among these songs were rarely performed album tracks such as "Where to Now St. Peter?," "Holiday Inn," and "Roy Rogers," along with the expected hits. John appeared with his usual band, augmented on many numbers by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. David Mallet, director of the video, also directed John's 2000 One Night Only Madison Square Garden concert for a TV special and home video, and as on that film, he shows a fondness for shots of individual audience members interspersed with the goings-on on-stage. Unlike that previous show, however, the shots here frequently provide glimpses of the many celebrities who attended, as Bill Clinton, Brian Wilson, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Rosie O'Donnell, Eric Idle, Michael Caine, and Kiefer Sutherland flit by before the viewer begins to lose track of the all familiar faces, mixed in with unfamiliar ones dancing and singing along, some dressed up in approximations of early Elton John stage outfits. The concert is broken into two sections, with the first hour or so on the first DVD and the last couple on the second. The second half begins with a presentation of a banner marking the occasion by Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, with John's longtime lyric partner Bernie Taupin even making a rare stage appearance to pay tribute. That interlude aside, however, John is all business in this show, presenting a lengthy summary of his musical career. The DVD's extras give an even broader sense of that career, delving into the video archives for a couple of hours' worth of vintage performances dating back to the early 1970s, some of them previously "untransmitted." This material will be especially welcome to fans who can trace the development of John's music, costumes, and hairstyles.

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