The outrageous Las Vegas show, Elton John The Red Piano, will come to Britain later this year, with shows at Birmingham NIA (November 19), Liverpool Echo Arena (December 17) and Manchester MEN Arena (December 20).
The Red Piano show, conceptualised and designed by David LaChapelle, (acclaimed photographer and a good friend of Elton), has been running to packed houses at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas since 2004. In September 2007 Elton brought the show to London’s O2 Arena as part of his 60th birthday celebrations and to mark 40 years of touring. The reviews were ecstatic – and so was the audience!
The larger-than-life set, complete with Elton’s iconic Yamaha red grand piano, has been designed to reflect Elton’s flamboyance alongside his peerless musicianship. The theme throughout The Red Piano is love, symbolised by the colour red and articulated through the songs and state-of-the art effects and high-end imagery. During the shows, audiences are treated to live performances of the phenomenal back catalogue of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, including hits such as “Rocket Man”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Candle In The Wind”.
Elton said:”I can’t wait to see how British audiences react to the Red Piano. The show is stuffed with hits, it’s brash, bright and colourful. Over the past four years we have played almost 200 Red Piano shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and every single one has been an event – the band and I have had a ball! David LaChapelle created the show with the Las Vegas ambience very firmly in mind, but for a long time we have been working towards bringing the show to Europe. Finally, last year, London became Las Vegas when we brought the Red Piano to the O2 Arena – and what a night that was! So this year we’re going to sprinkle that Vegas magic over Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. See you there!”
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