Elton John's bombastic Las Vegas show "Million Dollar Piano" will hit theaters tomorrow night, March 26th, in 40 different countries, for a special one-night only encore screening. You can check out listings, ticket info and theater locations for the concert film over at Fathom Events.
Watch a quick clip of John playing "Rocket Man" during the show below, which offers a taste of the extravagant stage setup and light show of "Million Dollar Piano." The one-of-a-kind piano is laced with 68 LED screens displaying images complementing the musician's set.
John opened up his residency (his second in Las Vegas) at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace in 2011 and the show finds him navigating a hit-filled setlist, including "Tiny Dancer," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Philadelphia Freedom" and more.
The one-night broadcast of "Million Dollar Piano" celebrates both John's birthday – the musician turns 67 today – and the 40th anniversary reissue of his classic 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The super deluxe edition includes never-before-heard demos, a live concert from 1973 and a disc of covers by Fall Out Boy, Zac Brown Band and Ed Sheeran.
John and longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin recently walked Rolling Stone through the recording of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, from its naïve origins – "I didn’t even know what a joint was when I made Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," John admits – to their miserable recording experience in Jamaica and the eventual creation of some of their biggest hits. Though John to this day believes that one such smash, "Bennie and the Jets," should never have been a single: "I had an argument with MCA and the only reason I caved was because the song was the number one black record in Detroit," he said. "And I went, 'Oh my God'" I mean, I'm a white boy from England. And I said, 'Okay, you've got it.' It just shows you that you can't see the wood through the trees. To this day, I cannot see that song as a single."
Not that he doesn't dig the song – or other artists' versions of it. John recently lauded a cover of "Bennie and the Jets" by rising R&B singer Miguel and rapper Wale, saying their rendition, "really makes the best of what the song is all about. And it is an unusual song. It's not what I think is a hit record, but then that's probably why it was a hit record, because it didn't sound like anything else before. It’s important not to copy, and that’s what Miguel did."
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