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Elton John “The Million Dollar Piano”

World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Elton John returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with his critically-acclaimed show, “The Million Dollar Piano.”

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The Rocket Man has returned. Singer, songwriter and musician Elton John is back at Caesars Palace for a three-year residency, his third as a Caesars headliner.

Elton kicks off his show, The Million Dollar Piano, with “The Bitch is Back,” crowd pleaser “Bennie and the Jets” and what Elton calls one of his favorite songs, “Rocket Man.”

The focal point of the stage when Elton is singing is, of course, the piano and Elton introduces it as “the other star of my show.”

The show’s namesake instrument, created by Elton and Yamaha, is an engineering marvel that took nearly four years to make and weighs 3,200 pounds.

The piano features more than 68 LED video screens on the side of it, which create the perfect accompaniment to Elton’s greatest hits, displaying imagery that complements the songs and sometimes mirroring what’s being projected on the mammoth screen behind the Colosseum stage.

Elton said he has five pianos all over the world with different names and this one is called Blossom after jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie. The piano is so high-tech that Elton jokes it has a microwave and an aquarium under its glass top. “The only thing it doesn’t do is barbecue,” he said.

Besides the eye-catching piano, the rest of Elton’s show is visually stunning as well. The set features large golden scrolls decorated with piano keys on either side of the stage, a huge golden dog standing guard on one side, large golden Roman-inspired columns and rocket ships flying through the air. The designer, Mark Fisher, is known for his design of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and his work designing the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Although there’s a lot to look at, the show is all about the Elton’s award-winning music. He sings the big hits that everyone wants to hear including “Tiny Dancer,” “I’m Still Standing” and “Levon.” Elton is backed by a five-piece band, two cellists (who appear on several numbers) and four female background singers including Rose Stone from Sly and the Family Stone and her daughter, Lisa Stone.

After playing several numbers with the band, there’s a segment that Elton calls “the mini unplugged section of the show” where it’s just him and his million dollar piano for songs like “Your Song” and “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.”

Elton dedicates the song “Blue Eyes” to his late friend Elizabeth Taylor as images of her float across the screen and the stage is bathed in a blue hue.

The colors turn yellow for “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” while an animated trip through Elton’s life flashes on the screen behind him.

“Philadelphia Freedom” is a high energy explosion of red, white and blue lights and stars and stripes on the screen behind Elton and the screens on the piano.

The crowd gets involved on “Crocodile Rock” as live video of Elton singing is projected on the screens before the camera is turned on the audience to show video of them dancing and singing along.

The production comes to a close with “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” as Elton invites a few lucky audience members to gather on stage around the piano to dance and get an up-close look at his considerable piano playing talents.

–By Kristine McKenzie

Summer of Caesars Fireworks

As part of Caesars Palace’s 50th Anniversary “Summer of Caesars” celebration, the iconic property pays homage to its colorful history of hosting amazing daredevil action with a night jump by the Red Bull Air Force skydiving team in front of the famed resort. The daring stunt is set to take place on Sunday, July 3 at 9 p.m. during the free Independence Day Weekend Block Party and will be followed by a colossal 13 ½ minute fireworks extravaganza set directly above the hotel’s newly-reimagined Julius Tower (weather permitting).

Kicking things off at the stage built over the iconic fountains at Caesars Palace at 8 pm will be a roster of live entertainment including beloved winner of ‘American Idol” season five, Taylor Hicks, cast members from Absinthe and the UNLV “Star of Nevada” Marching Band.

Caesars Palace has a rich history of hosting suspenseful, daredevil action that dates back to 1967 when Evel Knievel attempted to jump the resort’s towering row of fountains on his famous red, white and blue motorcycle – a feat that was successfully completed years later by his son Robbie Knievel in front of a national television audience in 1989. Robbie Knievel was the first to clear the fountains and will be on hand July 3 to witness the latest thrilling stunt at Caesars Palace.

Wearing illuminated wingsuits equipped with red, white and blue LED lights, the Red Bull Air Force will make their adrenaline-pumping jump, skillfully landing on a target on the famed Las Vegas Strip directly in front of Caesars Palace.

“We want to take this opportunity to honor America, celebrate our 50 years and thank everyone who has ever visited our property,” says Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner. “The festivities will be highlighted on the evening of Sunday, July 3 with a thrilling stunt honoring Caesars daredevil legacy, a fireworks extravaganza which will be among the largest displays Caesars has ever done, live music and a free public celebration in front of Caesars Palace.”

Highlights of Caesars Palace Independence Day Weekend festivities include:

  • OMNIA VIEWING PARTY – Joining in the Caesars Palace 50th Anniversary festivities, OMNIA Nightclub will open its doors early Sunday, July 3 as it hosts a firework viewing party on its iconic Terrace.  Offering the most breathtaking views of the Strip and a front row destination to view the show, the 21 and over party will feature $18 specialty Independence Day themed cocktails and sounds by resident DJ Mikey Francis. Locals and hotel guests with a valid room key will receive complimentary entry to the special event. Doors open at 8:30pm. Dress code: No shorts, sandals, or hats. For more information please visit omnianightclub.com.
  • MILITARY OFFER – In honor of Independence Day, all veterans and active duty military who verify their identities through ID.me and book a Las Vegas reservation on Caesars.com between June 30th and July 5th for stays on selected dates through 2016 will receive up to 20% off.
  • FREE PUBLIC BLOCK PARTY – The Roman Plaza and Spanish Steps directly in front of Caesars Palace will be transformed for the massive block party which will feature live music, signature cocktails, life size games, patriotic decorations, Serendipity 3 BBQ specials and more from noon to midnight beginning Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4.
  • MUSICAL PERFORMANCE, STUNT AND FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA – On Sunday, July 3, beginning at 8 p.m. live entertainment and special performances will take place on a special stage constructed over the famous Caesars Palace fountains. It is free and open to the public.

As the resort reflects on its many milestones and memories Caesars Palace continues to reinvent and re-imagine, for more information or to book your room for the celebration, visit caesars.com/CP50. To download historical images and full press kit, click here.