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Video: Elton John at His "Most Personal" in "Tantrums and Tiaras"

November 25, 2008 6:25 PM ET

The new DVD documentary Tantrums and Tiaras (out today) offers an all-access pass behind the scenes of Elton John's 1995 world tour. Directed by his parter David Furnish, Tantrums and Tiaras follows John around the world during his trek for the multi-platinum Made in England and shows him as both a professional perfectionist and a goofy jokester both on stage and off. Click above for highlights from the DVD, including live footage of "I'm Still Standing."

 

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

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