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Monday, April 18, 2011 | 1:29 p.m.
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It wasn’t a surprise to our Twitter followers when the official announcement was made today that Sir Elton John is returning home for a new three-year run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. His new The Million Dollar Piano starts Sept. 28, with the first 16 performances through Oct. 23. Tickets go on sale next Monday, April 25. Future dates will be announced later.
I tweeted Friday the first whispers that Elton was returning to The Colosseum to share the spotlight with Celine Dion. In a statement, Elton said: “Caesars Palace is just a perfect, idyllic place to play, and the show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery. … I’m going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that’s the reason why the show is called The Million Dollar Piano.”
(It's) not like the old days -- different from anything you've seen before. I will really raise the bar. It's a fabulous piano. It will surprise a lot of people. ... I want people to leave with real emotional feelings, that they have been close to me, had fun, definitely laughed, maybe cried -- an intimate evening with me that they've never had or seen before. It will give me a way to get much closer to my fans."
He said some audience members will be permitted to leave their seats and join him onstage to sing and dance with him while he is at the megabucks piano. "I love that. I love that connection. I've never enjoyed playing live more than I have now."
“We couldn’t be more excited to once again welcome one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, Elton John, to The Colosseum,” said Gary Selesner, Caesars Palace president. “During his last residency, Elton and his talented band brought so many memorable performances to Caesars Palace. We are looking forward to more incredible moments with Elton onstage at The Colosseum and continuing our successful partnership.”
The British-born global superstar completed a highly successful five-year residency at Caesars Palace in April 2009 with the critically acclaimed The Red Piano. Originally booked for 75 shows in a three-year run, audience demand was so overwhelming that the engagement was extended to 241 shows in five years.
Elton will be accompanied by his band, which includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper. Elton performed at Andre Agassi's Grand Slam benefit at the Wynn and Justin Timberlake & Friends at Planet Hollywood last year.
I also tweeted Friday the ever-increasing rumors that Celine’s fellow Canadian superstar singer Shania Twain is close to signing a contract for a run at The Colosseum. In fact, several members of Shania’s fan club believe she’s already posed atop Caesars for a publicity photo to be released with the official announcement. It certainly is a skyline shot of Las Vegas with the songbird seated cross-legged on a floor of a roof overlooking the Strip!
We will follow that news, along with additional information that will be coming on Elton’s new show and further dates.
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