Elton John Returns to Caesars for Three-Year Run

Posted Thursday, September 29, 2011 by in Caesars Palace, Celebrities, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Entertainment. 2 Comments.

The indefatigable Elton John returned to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Sep. 28, 2011 to begin a three-year stint at the storied entertainment mecca. No, we didn’t copy and paste that from a news release. It’s storied.

Elton John’s new show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” won standing ovations after pretty much every song throughout its opening night at the theater Celine Dion built.

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Elton John seems fairly at home sitting at a piano.

The two-hour show was filled with one recognizable hit after another from the five-time Grammy-winning performer. The playlist included “Circle of Life,” “Saturday Night’s All Right,” “Crocodile Rock,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Philadelphia Freedom” and many others.

Elton John has 35 gold and 25 platinum albums under his belt, including 29 consecutive Top 40 hits. He was knighted in 1998. (Note: We expect the Pulse of Vegas Blog will be knighted any minute now. We can wait.)

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Elton John's waredrobe has mellowed a bit since the 1970s.

Check out this great photo collection in Rolling Stone that highlights “Elton John’s Outfits Throughout the Years.”

John had a successful, five-year residency at Caesars Palace that ended in April of 2009. He originally planned to do 75 shows over three years, but demand for “The Red Piano” was so great, the engagement was extended for a total of 241 shows.

Elton John trivia: The “Million Dollar Piano” featured in the show took four years to make, and it’s nicknamed Blossom, after singer Blossom Dearie, a jazz singer.

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Yes, knights can work it.

Thanks to our pal, photographer Erik Kabik, for the great pics.

Elton John is scheduled to do 16 shows through October. Get tickets to see this legendary performer at the Caesars Palace box office or online at Ticketmaster.

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  1. I was working in Las Vegas in 2004 when I decided to indulge myself and see Elton John at the Colosseum.

    It was right near Halloween, and Elton came out on stage in a black frock coat and chalk-white makeup, big black circles on his eyes so he looked like a skull when he closed them, glittery red devil horns on his forehead, pointy demon ears, and a small dribble of blood coming out of the corner of his mouth. 

    When he started playing, I was amazed at his energy and enthusiasm. I reflected that he was as good as he was when I saw him at the Troubadour in L.A. in 1975 and OH MY GAWD THAT WAS 30 YEARS AGO.

    I hope I can catch him in this show.


  2. Anonymous

    Appreciate hearing about your experience, Tod!