The red piano show debuted to critical acclaim on February 14, 2004. It was originally booked for 75 shows over three years. Responding to overwhelming demand, the resort accelerated the number of shows presented each year, completing the original commitment in only 18 months. During this time Caesars Palace extended the agreement for an additional 166 shows for a final engagement total of 250. Reviews proclaimed it as “a must-see” and noting that Elton is “still standing” as an indestructible talent. Using a red piano as a starting point, Elton enlisted his friend and photographer David LaChappelle to develop art and imagery that would complement the music and enhance the experience for the audience.
Featuring multi-color neon sculpture, pop art, inflatables, baubles, balloons and the band, the production raises the bar . 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.
Discussing the show, Elton said, “It’s what I am like from an artistic point of view. 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.”
Elton plays the O2 in Dublin on Friday October 30th, following sold out shows worldwide Elton will perform his Red Piano Show for the last time in Dublin. This is a fully seated show at the O2 but the tickets are steeply priced starting at €86.25 up to €156.25.