Following the success of 2004’s definitive Elton John DVD set, Dream Ticket, the legendary Sir Elton John and Best Buy announce the Oct. 28 release of The Red Piano collection. Thousands of fans have traveled to Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas to see over 200 shows, helping The Red Piano break records and set new standards for musical entertainment. This DVD/CD set available only at Best Buy and www.BestBuy.com/EltonJohn promises to bring this amazing entertainment experience to Elton John fans across the continent.
Available as a 2 DVD/2CD set in standard definition or 1 Blu-ray disc/2CD set in high-definition as well as a 3 LP Premium vinyl set, the concert features the 14-song performance of the Red Piano show including all of the fan favorites such as Candle in the Wind, Believe and Rocket Man. The DVD and Blu-ray discs feature a documentary about the making of The Red Piano show including footage of Sir Elton discussing the genesis of the show.
The show debuted to critical acclaim in Feb. 2004 with reviews proclaiming it as “A must-see” and noting Sir Elton is Still Standing as an indestructible talent. Using a red piano as a starting point, John enlisted his friend and photographer David LaChappelle to develop art and imagery that would complement the music and enhance the experience for the audience. The production raises the bar for Las Vegas performance featuring multi-color neon sculpture, pop art, inflatables, baubles, balloons and the band. Viewers may have a good time just taking the show in at its surface (lights, inflatables and colors) or use their imagination to find the deeper meanings in the show.
“It’s [the show] what I like from an artistic point of view,” noted John. “It’s fun, it’s deep, it’s the songs I really love and it gives me a chance to get across what I am all about, visually as well as musically.”
In 1967 Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin, and so began one of the most prolific and successful songwriting partnerships ever known – a seemingly timeless alliance that fans continue to appreciate to this day. The Red Piano further highlights these incredible talents.
“Our customers showed they were fans of Elton John by the success we had with the Dream Ticket DVD Set. After seeing that Elton had created The Red Piano we wanted to help the show get to all of Elton’s fans who might not have had the chance to see the show live or who want to see it again from the best seat in the house,” said Gary Arnold, senior entertainment officer for Best Buy. “We are especially excited that Elton has made The Red Piano a ‘must have’ for fans of music by including the two CD live audio soundtrack from the collection to help Elton’s music from the show, fit into fans’ lives.”
The Red Piano Show will be available for pre-order on Sept. 22 at Best Buy locations in the US and Canada or on www.BestBuy.com/EltonJohn. Product will be available at Best Buy stores on Oct. 28.
Elton John’s career has spanned four decades and he is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with more than 50 Top 40 hits credited to his name. He has won a wide array of industry awards including Grammys, Tonys and an Oscar and continues to add innovative work to his personal repertoire of 35 gold and 25 platinum albums.
Elton will bring the Red Piano show back to Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas later this year from Oct. 22 – Nov. 9 and again next year for a series of shows from Feb. 3 – April 22.