The world-renowned singer-songwriter (and Yamaha pianist) Elton John is returning to The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas this autumn with a new show, titled The Million Dollar Piano, named after a one-of-a-kind instrument made exclusively for him by Yamaha.
A team effort between Yamaha Entertainment Group and John, the million-dollar piano has been four years in the making and _ as the name suggests – it has cost $1 million to create. The designers and engineers from Yamaha Pianos in Hamamatsu worked with John to bring his vision to life. The result is a highly modified CFIIIS grand piano, representing, Yamaha says, 'a marriage of technology and art'. There will be only two made in the world: one for John and one that Yamaha Entertainment Group will auction off for charity at the end of the Las Vegas engagement.
"A major visual component of the overall experience, this custom-made, state-of-the-art piano will be a stunning addition to Elton's show," said Chris Gero, vice president and head of the Yamaha Entertainment Group. "We think people will be blown away when they see the entire production on stage."
The Million Dollar Piano debuts September 28th and will run for 16 shows, marking the beginning of a three-year residency at The Colosseum and John's second as a Caesars Palace headliner. The first was for his production The Red Piano, based on another collaboration between him and Yamaha.
"Caesars Palace is just a perfect, idyllic place to play and the show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery," said John. "I'm going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that's the reason we named the show after it.'"