Biografia Elton John

Biografia Elton John
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quinta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2011

Elton John Made a Dazzling Appearance at Million Dollar Show

Elton John Made a Dazzling Appearance at Million Dollar Show

The famous singer Elton John, who admitted to be a huge admirer of Swarovski, made a glamorous appearance on the 28th September, at the Million Dollar Piano show. He took the stage wearing a gold crystal-encrusted cape, but the whole production featured fifteen suits, twenty two shirts and twenty four pairs of glasses, all encrusted with more than 1.7 million Swarovski crystals. It was a sparkling and dazzling performance and Elton John proved once again that he ‘is still standing’.

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What Elton John looks for in a million-dollar piano


Elton John’s Yamaha piano is crafted specifically for his hard playing style.

Photo: Erik Kabik / Retna

Rick Lax caught up with Yamaha Entertainment Group Vice President Chris Gero to ask four questions about Elton John's very special, very expensive, custom piano.

How long have you been working with Elton John?

Yamaha’s been working with Elton since 1993. I’ve been collaborating with him since the Red Piano Tour. When that was wrapping up, we started talking about the Million Dollar Piano.

And is that figure pretty accurate—a million dollars?

The exact figure is $1.4 million. We originally priced the piano at under a million. But remember, our pianos take years to produce and we make them by hand in Japan, so we didn’t want to price out the LED screens before we’d completed the piano. We realized there would be advances in LED technology by the time we were finished. And by the time we added all the electronics, we were looking at $1.4 million.


Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano
October 6-9, 13-15, 18-19, 21-23, 7:30 p.m., $55-$250.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 888-435-8665.

Bells and whistles aside, what does Elton look for in a piano?

Elton is an exceedingly hard player. He plays really, really hard. Especially with his left hand. He used to play so hard that his hands would bleed. So we modify and strengthen the hammers for him. And the action is really light. We file the keys a certain way. He’s got a signature sound that’s developed over time. It comes from the acoustic properties of the instrument, but also the off-stage tone generators. So his “signature sound” is actually the combination of a lot of sounds put together.

Who else plays as hard as Elton?

The only other guy is Billy Joel.

Les costumes d'Elton John

Sir Elton John continue de faire parler de lui avec son nouveau show. Mais cette fois-ci ce n'est nullement pour sa voix et encore moins pour son piano à un million de dollars mais plutôt pour sa garde robe bien fournie et étonnamment scintillante.

En effet, pour son nouveau spectacle au Caesars Palace de Las Vegas, l'artiste a élaboré en collaboration avec son ami tailleur, Richard James, des tenues époustouflantes. On peut y compter une série de quinze costumes incrustés de plus de 1,7 millions de petits cristaux Swarovski. Mais ce n'est pas tout puisqu'il change également durant le spectacle de chemise. En tout 24 chemises et autant de paires de lunettes seront ainsi portées par la star à qui appartient le piano à un million.

Pour voir la vidéo de l'interview de son tailleur, je vous invite à visiter le site de Swarovski.

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