It’s Elton John live, well almost. Rock Icon’s concert movie will be in theaters for two nights
By Peter Covino
The “Rocket Man” is coming to Central Florida.
Music legend Elton John won’t be live exactly, but moviegoers will get the next best thing when John’s concert film, “Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano”, comes to area theaters March 18 and March 26.
This is a filmed verson of the iconic performer’s show, filmed in its entirety at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The concert film is a playlist of his greatest hits including “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Philadelphia Freedom” and “Your Song.”
The show also features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and ranks at No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Tickets for “Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in nearly 700 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.
Area theaters include:
Cinemark Orlando Festival Bay, Orlando; Altamonte Mall 18, Altamonte Springs; CRM Rave Avenue 16, Melbourne; Cobb Merritt Square, Merritt Island; AMC Downtown Disney 24; AMC Universal Cineplex 20, Orlando; Cinemark Festival Bay, Orlando; Regal Pointe Orlando and Regal Winter Park.
For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“It’s unlike anything I have done before, a complete mix, a showcase of all my music, accompanied by spectacular scenery and beautiful video images,” said Elton John, in a release about the upcoming concert film.
At the centerpiece of the performance is the show’s namesake ‘million dollar” piano, a one-of-a-kind engineering marvel featuring more than 68 LED video screens. A collaboration between Elton and Yamaha Entertainment Group of America, this state-of-the-art instrument displays imagery to complement each of the show’s iconic songs. For “The Million Dollar Piano,” Elton is accompanied by many from his legendary band, including Davey Johnstone on guitar, the late Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.
John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which sold 37 million copies. He also holds the record for most appearances on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, with his newest single, “Home Again,” marking his 69th entry. Since his career began in 1969, he has played over 3,000 concerts worldwide. Elton has recently been named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement, presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture.
The reissue of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” will be released on March 25 through Universal Music Group.
Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.