Elton John shuts down Sunset Strip for free concert with surprise appearance from Lady Gaga

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Elton John just made his mark on the Sunset Strip!

The "Rocket Man" singer put on a free show on Saturday in the Tower Records parking lot in West Hollywood, Calif, shutting down the street in both directions and delighting thousands of eager fans. The show, which was live streamed on AOL.com and AOL BUILD, was put on in partnership with Elton John's Aids Foundation and was a toe-tapping kickoff to what will be a big Oscar weekend.

Elton rocked the strip playing his hits like "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Levon" and "Your Song," and added in a mix of some of his newer music from his new album, "Wonderful Crazy Night."

Throughout the afternoon the Grammy winner addressed the crowd to share his own personal stories, like the first time he came to LA to perform at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles, and how much West Hollywood has meant to him as the city welcomes him every year for his Oscar party, which benefits his AIDS Foundation. He dedicated several of his songs to his goddaughter, his manager, and of course, his fans.

The crowd went wild with every big hit, but the thousands of fans nearly imploded went Lady Gaga hit the stage. Mother Monster, who is John's children's godmother, came out to sing an emotional rendition of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."

It was a great afternoon -- and certainly one fans won't soon forget. Check out all their tweets below:

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