Elton Turns 60 With 60th Performance

NEW YORK (March 24, 2007) — Pop legend Elton John will celebrate his 60th birthday with a record-extending 60th performance at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

“There are very few artists that could even think of setting a record like this, let alone achieve it,” said Jay Marciano, president of MSG Entertainment.

The concert will be recorded and broadcast April 5 as a two-hour special on MyNetworkTV, a mini-network on Fox stations.

John has owned the record for most performances at the Garden since October 2001. Previously, the Grateful Dead held the record, playing there 52 times.

The singer recently announced he would make his back catalog of more than 30 albums released over 40 years available for digital download, a move that also coincided with his birthday, as well as the release of a new compilation album, “Rocket Man.”

The newly digitized albums include John’s 1969 debut, “Empty Sky,” and perennial favorites such as “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.” The tracks, more than 400 in all, will be available for download starting Monday.

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