LAS VEGAS, NV—
Elton John has long been known as a crowd pleaser, and he is once again giving audiences what they want. The flamboyant, piano-playing rocker announced on Monday he will be retuning to his quasi “artist in residence” role at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.
John has signed a three-year commitment to perform his “Million Dollar Piano” show at The Coliseum at Caesars beginning in September. No word yet on how many shows he will play over that span, but it is likely it will be 75—the same as the first contract he originally signed with the venue back in October 2003, though the run was later extended to five years due to high audience demand.
John’s previous engagement with Caesars was his multimedia spectacular “The Red Piano,” which included massive props and LED video montages that were created by David LaChapelle, who was also the show’s director. When first built, the video screen was billed as being the largest and brightest ever created.
John had originally shared performances with the venue’s other star attraction, Celine Dion—with the two alternating dates to allow for rest. He played the show a total of 234 times in North America and 15 times in Europe—as he worked in several tours of his spectacle between his Vegas commitments. He played his final show at Caesars on April 22, 2009.
Tickets for Million Dollar Piano’s first 16 shows go on sale April 25.