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Elton John Kicks Off Three-Year Las Vegas Residency at Caesars Palace

Elton John Las Vegas Million Dollar Piano - H 2011
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The legendary musician returns to Sin City with a new show titled “The Million Dollar Piano”

Elton John hit the stage at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for the first performance of his latest run in Las Vegas. The show is one of 16 currently scheduled through October, with a second series slated to begin in February, Reuters reports.

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Titled “Million Dollar Piano,” the show includes such hits as “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and The Jets,” and even “Circle of Life,” from Disney’s The Lion King, which is currently enjoying a wildly successful second-run at the Box Office.

“This isn’t like the old days,” John said during the performance, according to the AP. “It’s going to be certainly different from anything you’ve seen from me before, as was ‘The Red Piano’” -- the name of his previous Caesars show.

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In addition to John’s glitzy wardrobe, the piano itself stole the show by lighting up in a variety of colors, reflective of each song. At one point, John joked that Blossom (named for jazz singer Blossom Dearie) even contained an aquarium, while the instrument’s LED screens displayed a soothing seascape.

John was reportedly joined for the performance by band members Davey Johnston on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and percussionist Ray Cooper in a special guest appearance. 

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John is currently in talks to be the subject of a new biopic titled Rocketman, with Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish signed on to produce.