Saturday, September 3, 2011

What Will the Million Dollar Piano Set List Consist Of?

With just 25 days left until Sir Elton John's new Las Vegas live experience opens at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the countdown is well and truly on.

What can we expect from this exciting new show? What will the format be? What scenery/ props will be used? Most importantly - what songs are we going to hear?

What we know so far is that it will be a 90 minute extravaganza featuring a centrepiece $1M dazzling Piano. Ray Cooper (Elton's famous original percussionist), his current whole band and the 2Cello's will be performing at different times during the concert too. I would expect mostly hits with a few rarities thrown in for good measure too.

Based on his previous Red Piano set list, I have developed my personal guess at what we can expect below. Please feel free to comment with your guesses too. Elton is known for sometimes shaking things up - especially when Ray Cooper is involved.

  • Funeral For A Friend/ Tonight (?)
  • Levon
  • Indian Sunset (?)
  • Daniel
  • Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  • Take Me To The Pilot (?)
  • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  • Honky Cat
  • Bennie And The Jets
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Rocket Man
  • I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • The Bitch Is Back
  • Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
  • I'm Still Standing
  • Candle In The Wind
  • Your Song
(?) denotes low likelihood of being played

I realise this is a longer set list than is feasible given the time constraints, however, I feel Elton will select 15 songs from this list to play. He may even do a medley and/or reduce the length of some songs like Rocket Man or Take Me To The Pilot.

We shall see what happens very soon.


Anonymous said...

With any luck he'll include some of his tracks from 'Blue Moves' such as 'One Horse Town' (brilliant string arrangement which should keep his keyboard player/cellists busy!) or 'Bite Your Lip' to finish with.

Chris said...

Elton & Ray Cooper. I think this version of Gone to Shilo is one of the most beautiful songs. (
"Elton and Ray go to Shiloh").

JennyD said...

Please let him play skyline pigeon....

Anonymous said...

I believe the set list will be closer to the 17-song set he played at Rio de Janeiro for the World Stage Rock in Rio 2011 festival on September 23, 2011. It makes sense that this show could be sort of a rehearsal for the Las Vegas shows, set to begin September 28, 2011. He did something similar when he sort of tried out his One Night Only show at Wilkes-Barre just prior to the actual NYC shows. Just a thought. The set list at Rio was:

Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
I'm Still Standing
Tiny dancer
Philadelphia Freedom
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Rocket Man
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Hey Ahab
Honky Cat
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Skyline Pigeon
Take Me To The Pilot
Bennie And The Jets
The Bitch Is Back
Crocodile Rock

Greg said...

Always good to hear Funeral For a Friend. Usually an opener. I suspect he'll throw in Holiday Inn and or Gone to Shiloh as well as they have appeared frequently on recent setlists. Sad Songs Say So Much is one he surprises with now and again as well. Going to the Sept. 3oth show!!!!!!! Greg

Greg said...

I think he might do Gone To Shilo and/or Holiday Inn as well. They have both popped up quite a bit on recent setlists. Funeral For A Friend is always a great opener. Hope it happens. Going to the Sept. 29th show. Also might see Sad Songs. He tends to surprise with that one now and again...Greg