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Elton John’s 3,000th performance; Jabbawockeez’s first anniversary

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Sir Elton John, pictured here at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace, celebrates his 3,000th live performance.

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Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace

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Jabbawockeez celebrate their first anniversary at Monte Carlo.

Superstar Sir Elton John celebrated his 3,000th public performance with his The Million Dollar Piano at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace over the weekend. The landmark concert punctuated a banner year for the singer, songwriter and performer, as this year also is the 40th anniversary of his Las Vegas debut. His very first show was on his 23rd birthday on March 25, 1970, at Revolution Club in London promoting his first album.

In the past 41 years, Elton’s concerts have been presented in many formats: with his band; solo; in a two-man show with percussionist Ray Cooper; duets with Billy Joel, Leon Russell and Eric Clapton; with orchestras; with choirs; and now back here with a full band, four backing vocalists and two cellists. Two of the musicians in his band, drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone, have been with Elton since the 1970s concerts.

Since 1970, Elton has played -- and replayed -- the alphabet of countries and cities, from Australia to Zurich. Elton has performed in 74 countries and today says he is seeking to increase the number. The most concerts have been in America, with 1,608 shows in every one of the 50 states. His homeland Great Britain comes next (497), followed by Australia (138), Germany (133) and Canada (102).

Breaking down the 3,000 concerts by decade, Elton performed 616 in the 1970s, 537 in the 1980s, 590 in the 1990s, an astonishing 1,064 in the 2000s and, so far, 193 in the 2010s. On two occasions, he has performed at two cities on the same day. On Sept. 18, 1971, he played in Oakland and San Diego, and July 2, 2005, he played at Live 8 in London and RDS Arena in Dublin.

After his 3,000th concert, Elton plays nine shows this month at The Colosseum and then heads out on tour for the rest of the year, with concerts in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. His touring plans for 2012 include additional Las Vegas engagements of Million Dollar Piano and summer concerts in England. Tickets for newly added shows of Million Dollar Piano are on sale for Feb. 9-18.

Jabbawockeez’s first anniversary

Just south on The Strip, Jabbawockeez celebrated the first anniversary of the group’s MÜS.I.C. at Monte Carlo and its extension to spring 2012. The America’s Best Dance Crew Season 1 winner’s show is an audio-visual story of inspiration brought to life through harmonization of sound and movement and has been hailed by critics since its debut in October 2010. The cast and crew celebrated at a private party in the hotel.

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