I am overcome by the incredible. Yes, he’s still standing. Yes, he’s still playing and singing. Yes, he’s still the consummate and unparalleled Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton John.
The performance I had the great pleasure to experience last Friday night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace was perhaps the best show I ever experienced in Las Vegas! Awesome is too simple a word to describe this earth-shattering moment when you know – deep inside – you have seen, heard and been mesmerized by the greatest showman of our time.
He played and sang for nearly two hours straight, was spot-on for his curtain time of 7:30 p.m., and never stopped for costume changes or fill-in-banter. Of course, he did chat up a bit with the sold out audience, but his relentless performance was the epitome of stage persona and the gift was ours – to be able to see him before this extravaganza ends.
The Million Dollar Piano is a multi-media art form. The lighting and special effects encapsulated the grand piano as each song rolled out from his intense and magnificent hands. He is a musician’s musician. The special effects were exceptional. When Rocket Man explodes upon us, so do the projections that serve as the changing backdrop for his set.
The most fabulous and fantastic moment was his “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” rendition. The projections showed the changing times – our growing as human kind, the life stories intertwined into the whole experience. It was magic.
The baroque scenery at the beginning of the show seems to endlessly glide into each number and grow and give you the total moment of having been there.
In his classy deep red sparkled jacket, he was no longer seeking the flashiness of his younger days; he has achieved the time in his life when just the basics are necessary. The performance is the fashion, the creation of a man worthy of being knighted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. He is the one and only Sir Elton John, the man who took us to the moon and back while catching the lights of the starry nights on the way.
Hail to this king of piano and song. I urge you to get to the Colosseum when he returns for his final engagement next year, Feb. 9 through May 19.
Last week we reported the passing of Fats Domino, the real king of New Orleans Rock and Roll and R&B, but this talented performer deserves a second mention. Even Elvis Presley, known as the King of Rock and Roll, truly believed that title belonged to Fats.
A friend who met The Fat Man himself in New Orleans told me this story. Apparently Fats loved Popeye’s Chicken and when the owners of Popeye’s learned this they gave him a lifetime free meal ticket, which surely triggered one of his infatuating smiles.
I still have flashes those smiles and his love of people and music. He was not a glamour man but he was an elegant gentleman and kept on giving his audiences the thrill. Now the thrill is truly gone but will never be forgotten.
There is a lot going on in Las Vegas this month. Of course the most in demand ticket has to be the legendary Tony Bennett at Wynn Las Vegas, appearing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week. The intimate Encore Theater is the perfect spot for this sure to be unforgettable show.
Tomorrow night (Nov. 8) the Backstreet Boys open their residency at Planet Hollywood with an exclusive made-for-Vegas show. It’s hard to believe but these youngsters (in my mind) have been performing for 22 years and have sold over 130 million albums worldwide. In addition to Wednesday, the “Larger Than Life” show can be seen Friday and Saturday this week and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week.
Also opening tomorrow night is the superstar herself, Cher. This lady has done it all – concerts, movies, TV and more. You can see her at the Monte Carlo’s Park Theater Nov. 8, 10-11, 15, 17-18, 21, and 24-25.
Veteran’s Day is approaching. Please, remember all those who have served and say, “Thank you for your service.” These men and women have kept our great USA out of harm’s way, near and far, and I salute you all!