On December 24, 1974 Elton John played Hammersmith Odeon in London. An hour’s worth of footage from the Christmas Eve concert was featured on the legendary U.K. television program Old Grey Whistle Test and serves as today’s Sunday Cinema selection.
The professionally-shot video below starts off with a funky take on “Bennie & The Jets,” before a double shot of Beatles covers in “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” Elton then works through big hits “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” “Honky Cat,” “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” and “Crocodile Rock.” From there, the set includes “The Bitch Is Back,” “Your Song” and a timely version of “White Christmas” featuring Rod Stewart and Gary Glitter. Watch Elton John’s 1974 Christmas Party:
Set: Bennie And The Jets, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, I Saw Her Standing There, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Honky Cat, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), Crocodile Rock, The Bitch Is Back, Your Song, White Christmas (With Gary Glitter and Rod Stewart)