Elton John Launching Six-Part ‘Classic Concert Series’ on YouTube Friday 7/3 with ‘Live At The Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 1976’



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Sir Elton John has unveiled plans for an official weekly archival concert series, which will premiere on his YouTube channel this Friday, July 3 with the first installment of the six-part series.

The Classic Concert Series will find the legendary singer/cultural icon diving into the vaults for vintage performances from throughout his career. The first show on the schedule is Live At The Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 1976, which will go “live” on Elton’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT on Friday, July 3.

Per a statement, it’s also a fundraising opportunity supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund:

The Elton John: Classic Concert Series is running in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund to continue HIV prevention and care for the most vulnerable people around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 37 million people living with HIV around the world and we cannot lose the gains we’ve made to end the AIDS epidemic during this time. Please consider donating via the blue Donate button if you can. Thank you. To find out more, visit www.ejaf.org

Said Elton John in a statement:

“My Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund helps frontline partners prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities. We cannot jeopardize HIV testing and care during this time or else the results could be disastrous for the 37.5 million people living with HIV. So, I’m really happy to connect this YouTube Concert series to benefit our Foundation’s urgent COVID response.”

Here’s a preview of the first show:

More on this show in particular:

Recorded as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Popular Music on 17th September 1976, Live at the Playhouse Theatre gives fans an exhilarating view of Elton at the height of his ‘70s popularity, having just enjoyed his first UK #1 single with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. This electrifying solo performance kicks off with Skyline Pigeon (taken from Empty Sky) before ending with a riotous version of Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting). The setlist rips through classic after classic, including Rocket Man, Daniel and Bennie and the Jets. It was also the first time Elton performed Don’t Go Breaking My Heart solo. Climbing on his piano and stomping his way through this virtuoso performance, Elton leaves every ounce of himself on the stage, in a classic concert that was to be the last time he would perform a full show for another 7 months.

It’ll all go live at this link on Friday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHYo2aaxEM4

Following Friday’s debut, the concert series will continue each Saturday for the next several weeks:


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