Elton John is giving his fans not one but two things to look forward to in March: a concert film, and a huge deluxe reissue of his classic 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
The film documents Elton's Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano, and will screen in the U.S. for two nights only -- March 18 and March 26 -- in 500 theaters nationwide. It'll also be shown in 1,200 theaters across the world, in more than 40 different countries. You can purchase tickets starting on February 14 at FathomEvents.com.
The Million Dollar Piano, which plays on and off at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, features Elton and his band performing all of his greatest hits on a custom-made piano that cost, not a million, but $1.4 million to create. Featuring over 68 LED screens embedded into its design, the piano moved Elton to tears the first time he saw it. "I look at it as a piece of art; I'm playing something that will go in the Smithsonian," he says.
And as if that weren't enough, March 25 -- Elton's birthday, as it happens -- will also bring the new version of his double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which features such hits as "Candle in the Wind," the title track, "Bennie & the Jets," and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." The remastered package will be available on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl, and in a box set.
That box set includes five discs, including a CD version of Live in Hammersmith 1973, a disc of B-sides and bonus tracks, and a DVD of the 1973 movie Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things. Also included is a 100-page illustrated hardback book filled with new interviews from Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as photos and memorabilia.
Most interestingly, the deluxe edition and the box set will also come with nine new recordings of classic songs from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by some of today's acts, including country stars The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes and Zac Brown Band, British pop stars Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé, pop/rock band Fall Out Boy, R&B star Miguel, and rapper Wale [WAHL-ay].
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