The Million Dollar Piano
We’ve always been major Elton John fans so this show was a “must see” for us. In 2010 we bought the DVD of his previous show at the Colosseum called The Red Piano. We were very curious what the show would be like because show tickets for an Elton John concert are pretty expensive. We were afraid the show would be kinda static because…..well…..it’s a performer behind a piano. You can’t really expect a lot of dancing around. The first time we watched the dvd we were hooked. We decided then and there that we were going to see Elton John’s show as soon as we could.
In preparation for our next trip to Vegas we discovered Elton John’s Red Piano show had already ended. We hadn’t realized it ended in 2009 so we lost our chance to see the show. So you can imagine how happy we were when we heard the news that Elton John was coming back to the Colosseum for another residency.
Elton John’s new show was titled “The Million Dollar Piano” and we were not going to miss our opportunity this time! During the preparation of our October 2011 trip to Vegas we bought two tickets for the concert for a total price of $255. We had second mezzanine, section 6 seats. Not the best seats but we had a good view of the stage and we were very excited!
The show begins…..
The Colosseum doors opened at 7.30 p.m., we walked over to the bar, got a drink and found our seats. We were hoping this new show would be as good as the Red Piano. We don’t know how you feel about Elton John but in our opinion his voice has improved during the last 15 to 20 years. At the early stages of his career Elton John had a very clean voice. As he got older he got more volume and his voice got a little “rough around the edges”. We prefer the way he sounds now over the way he sounded 20 years ago.
Back to the show; it started at the scheduled time and the entire stage lit up. The light show was incredible and changed frequently. The screen behind the stage was part of the light show and it was so spectacular it kept you on the tip of your seat constantly. Even his piano was part of the light show since it was filled with LED screens. So this show was by no means static.
Elton was accompanied by band members Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion and Nigel Olsson on drums.He played his famous songs like “The Circle of Life”, “Saturday”, “I’m still standing”, “Bennie and the Jets” and many more. There also was a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper. This man is the best percussionist we have ever heard. He filled the stage on his own and put up a great show. Toward the end of the show the screen behind the stage changed into a digital landscape (see the pictures below). Elton sang a couple of very sensitive songs and Ray Cooper had a long and very impressive solo during a song we didn’t know. Without a doubt this was the most impressive part of the entire show. The show lasted about 90 minutes and it was worth every penny we spent on it.
If you’re an Elton John fan and willing to spend some money to see him perform, go for it! Take your chance to see him before his residency at the Colosseum ends.