|From the Rat-Pack to Elvis, the Vegas stage has witnessed the greatest and most glamorous entertainers of the last century. Now, in a deal reputedly worth more than $50 million, Elton John will follow their hallowed footsteps on to centre stage at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, where he kicks off a three-year residency in February.|
Elton is well aware of the legacy of flamboyant showmanship imparted by his forbears, and we suspect the extravagant superstar is not to be upstaged. Resplendent in purple sunglasses and a pinstriped suit, John described a production filled with an eclectic mix of songs and costumes, saying 'there are no ostrich feathers, but there will be sequins flying around.'
'I cannot do this show anywhere else in the world except here,' the entertainer said at a news conference on Tuesday. 'It's back to costume changes and Velcro.'
The 56-year-old has signed a deal to perform seventy-five shows at Caesars beginning February 2004, five times a week for five weeks a year. Tickets for the performances were priced at $250, $175 and $100. The show is expected to generate $61 million in total ticket sales, Caesars Palace President Mark Juliano said.
John and hotel officials wouldn't confirm contract details. 'Let's just say, I'm very well paid,' the entertainer joked.