|Elton's birthday party
Sunday, March 26 2017
Elton celebrated his 70th birthday over the weekend, ringing in the big day with a fabulous Los Angeles gala on March 25, 2017 – and some top-notch headliners.
His lengthy career was honored throughout the evening at Red Studios by host Rob Lowe, as well as musical performers Lady Gaga, Ryan Adams, Roseanne Cash and Stevie Wonder.
Guests included Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Phillippe, Jon Hamm (who reunited on the red carpet with fellow 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer), Heidi Klum and Katy Perry, among others. Wonder and Gaga also led the guests in singing Happy Birthday to Elton.
The gala – which also paid tribute to Elton’s 50-year writing partnership with Bernie Taupin – benefited both the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Hammer Museum at UCLA.
Opening up to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe ahead of the bash, Elton said, “Some people don’t like birthdays, they don’t like celebrating, they don’t want to know about them, and I’ve always enjoyed my birthday.”
“Seventy sounds so archaic, doesn’t it?” Elton told Lowe. “When I was growing up, 70 sounded like the end of the world. But things have changed — you’re only as old as you feel inside.” Though Elton admitted that sometimes, his physical strength is down, he said, “My inner self I feel great.”
Ahead of the glamorous gala, Elton shared a look at his family’s private birthday celebrations at their home, where he was joined by his young sons Elijah and Zachary. In one Instagram shot, the trio can be seen gathered around a chocolate cake. The singer also shared several shots of the birthday cards he had received for his milestone day, as well as a video montage.
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