Elton John, son of a former Royal Air Force trumpeter, John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947. Dwight began playing piano at the age of four, and when he was 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. After studying for six years, he left school with the intention of breaking into the music business. In 1961, he joined his first band, Bluesology, and divided his time between playing with the group, giving solo concerts at a local hotel, and running errands for a London publishing house. By 1965, Bluesology were backing touring American soul and R&B musicians like Major Lance, Doris Troy, and the Bluebells. In 1966, Bluesology became Long John Baldry's supporting band and began touring cabarets throughout England. Dwight became frustrated with Baldry's control of the band and began searching for other groups to join. He failed his lead vocalist auditions for both King Crimson and Gentle Giant before responding to an advertisement by Liberty Records. Though he failed his Liberty audition, he was given a stack of lyrics Bernie Taupin, who had also replied to the ad, had left with the label. Dwight wrote music for Taupin's lyrics and began corresponding with him through mail. By the time the two met six months later, Dwight had changed his name to Elton John, taking his first name from Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and his last from John Baldry.
Elton John is scheduled to perform 91 shows over the next three years in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Elton John’s show is called The Red Piano and features 15 Elton hits packed into 90 minutes. It is a once in a lifetime experience. This Las Vegas extravaganda, The Red Piano is a career overview of Elton John’s last thirty years. The hit music is coupled with huge video images created by photographer David LaChapelle. The songs Elton John plays in his shows are the hits written by Bernie Taupin inclucing Tiny dancer, Rocket Man, I’m still Standing, Pinball Wizard, Candles in the wind, Daniel, Bennie and the Jets, Crocodile Rock, and don’t let the sun Go down on Me. Opening night had many stars in the audience including Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barbara Walters, Pamela Anderson, Christina Aguilera, Kathy Griffin and Sharon Osbourne.
Elton John is currenty playing the first leg of his Red Piano tour in Las Vegas, however beginning in March Elton will spend the entire month touring the United States, then in April he will be back in Las Vegas, at Caesars. May sees Elton touring the U.S again. Except for Anaheim, California no further dates have been announced.
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