The Disney Channel (Sun., June 11, 9 p.m. ET)
In this concert, taped at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last fall, John takes to the stage sheathed in a gleaming red plastic suit. By his standards, that’s understated. So is the show, which delves for the most part into the less-visited precincts of John’s repertoire. Accompanied only by his piano, some subtle taped augmentation and percussionist Ray Cooper, Elton delivers simple, penetrating renditions of his anthems from “Your Song” to “Daniel” to his most recent single, “Believe.” He even rearranges “Crocodile Rock” as a ballad. The spare setting showcases John’s voice, a wonderfully nimble instrument that has often gotten lost in the mad shuffle of his flamboyant showmanship. The concert was a benefit for John’s AIDS Foundation, a connection excised from this Disney special.