Elton John Gives Back Twice, Thanks West Hollywood With Free Concert

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Elton John is a huge philanthropist. He has raised over $300 million in research for AIDS research in the past two-plus decades--much of the money stemming from an Oscars bash he holds each year in West Hollywood.

On Saturday, Elton John gave back to West Hollywood, too, thanking them for providing some of the resources that allow him to host his annual bash. In an announcement on Friday night, Elton John shared his plans for thanking West Hollywood with a free concert.

Held in the parking lot at Tower Records, not far from where the singer made his U.S. debut, he performed some of his biggest hits, including "Your Song" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," in addition to songs from his latest album, "Wonderful Crazy Night."

Fans piled into the parking lot, while many watched from the rooftops of nearby hotels. Word spread quickly that Elton John was in town, and performing for free.

A spokesman for the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department said the event “went smoothly. There were no problems.”

Elton John doesn't draw many rowdy fans.

West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath introduced Elton John just before the concert, telling the audience that over the last 24 years, his AIDS Foundation has raised more than $300 million for research and treatment.

Elton John was proud to introduce a very special guest to the stage, and the fans were thrilled to see her. Lady Gaga performed several songs with the "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" singer.

Kudos to Elton John for continuing to raise money for AIDS research. West Hollywood no doubt loves the Rocket Man for this weekend's free concert, too.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.