Elton John has signed on to play a special concert on January 25 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Yamaha company. The show, which will be held at the Hyperion Theater, will feature the pop-rock legend playing a Yamaha electronically enhanced Disklavier piano with accompaniment from a 70-piece orchestra.
The concert will be streamed live online in many parts of the world. In addition, thanks to the Disklavier's RemoteLive technology, John's performance will be simultaneously reproduced on similar instruments that will be set up in a variety of locations across the globe while the orchestra will be featured on adjacent monitors. The sites of the remote performances will be announced soon.
In a statement regarding the event, John praises "the inventive skills and versatility" of Yamaha's production team.
"Not only have they built all my touring pianos for the past 20 years, as well as the wonderful Million Dollar Piano that resides at Caesars Palace, but they've also now perfected the RemoteLive technology," he adds, "which means that effectively, I can perform the concert live in Anaheim on January 25, live across the Internet and also live in venues worldwide -- all at the same time!"
2013 will apparently be a very eventful year for John. Besides the Yamaha anniversary event, his ongoing Million Dollar Piano residency in Las Vegas and his various tour dates around the world, Elton plans to release a new studio album and a 40th anniversary edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Also, a DVD of his Million Dollar Piano show is being prepared.
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