Elton John Says Thank You to West Hollywood With Free Concert; Lady Gaga Joins for Duet

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Elton John returned to a site in West Hollywood on Saturday that once was a regular stop whenever the British rock star came to Los Angeles: the former home of the city’s Tower Records store, where he gave a free concert as a thank-you to the community.

Elton John performs live on the Sunset Strip, on Feb. 27, 2016, as a thank you to the City of West Hollywood for their support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AOL)

Elton John performs live on the Sunset Strip, on Feb. 27, 2016, as a thank you to the City of West Hollywood for their support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AOL)

John, 66, played for about 70 minutes to a crowd of a couple thousand onlookers in gratitude for the city annually hosting his Academy Awards viewing party that raises money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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.

The concert, which began at noon, was announced only the night before to avoid overcrowding, a spokeswoman for the singer said. As it was, the five-time Grammy Award winner had no trouble filling the space in front of the stage set up for him and his band.

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