On Saturday night (March 25th), Elton John celebrated his 70th birthday, with a gala fundraising event hosted by Rob Lowe celebrating the milestone birthday, and his 50-year writing partnership with Bernie Taupin. The party benefited the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the Hammer Museum at UCLA. People.com reported such high profile guest in attendance were Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Neil Patrick Harris, James Corden, Roseanne Cash, Ryan Phillippe, Jon Hamm, Jack McBrayer, and Gordon Ramsay, among others. Highlights included a mini set by Elton, Gaga performing "Born This Way,"and she and Stevie Wonder duetting on "Happy Birthday."
On reaching his 70th year, Elton said in a prepared statement: "I'm interested in moving forward all the time, with what I create, my collaborations, and also with discovering the work of other people. I think age is immaterial, provided we keep our minds alive by being open to new things. I can be as excited by a new artist who plays me their demo as I am by a new record of one of my musical heroes. I can be excited by playing a new city I've never played before, or revisiting somewhere I know well and seeing how it's changed. Life is a constant state of flux for us all, and I like to embrace that. I also feel very happy to use my position to bring attention to injustice in the world, and to try to help where I can. At this time in my life I'm the happiest I have ever been." Bernie Taupin said of Elton: "It's been an unconventional partnership and while we pretty much patented the two-rooms technique I'd venture to say you'd be hard pressed to find a couple of songwriters more in sync with each other and their craft."