Despite Elton John’s now four-year residency in Las Vegas, you might say he’s more of a rarity than a common sight on the stage at Caesars Palace. On Monday, March 23, he celebrates his 100th show, meaning he performs at The Colosseum around 25 times a year.
Now the rocket man made it a little bit easier to catch one of his shows with his $1.4-million piano. John added 11 more dates in October to see him perform songs such as “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart,” “Tiny Dancer” (go ahead and sing along), “Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters,” “Crocodile Rock” and the aforementioned “Rocket Man.”
And, yes, despite the title “The Million Dollar Piano,” Blossom, as she’s called, cost more in the neighborhood of $1.4 million. The custom Yamaha shows off flashy videos on 68 LED screens and even recognizes the song he’s playing and can name it, along with the album it was released on.
After his shows, John might be spotted at Fizz Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, the swanky champagne bar where his husband David Furnish is the creative director. The couple donated artwork from their personal collection covering 20 photographers including Steven Klein, David LaChapelle and Mario Testino. A green room in the back of the chichi lounge leads out to the back of The Colosseum, making clandestine appearances easy.
John returns Oct. 13-14, 16-17, 20-21, 23-24, 26 and 30-31. He also has dates through the end of March and into April.
John’s first five-year residency at Caesars Palace, dubbed “The Red Piano,” featured 241 shows that ended in April 2009.
Tickets range in price from $55 to $250.
Tickets: The Colosseum, (800) 745-3000