Sir Elton John started out as a limited run scheduled for just 75 shows over 3 years. But as the lights went down on the first Elton John Red Piano performance at Caesars Palace on February 14, 2004, it became clear that this wasn’t going to be just a normal Vegas revue gig. And it wasn’t the David LaChappelle photography, the inflatable banana’s and cherries or the actual red piano center piece that made his Las Vegas performances stand out. It was the music, performed by Sir Elton John and his band that routinely drew his fans to his sold out show.
Now, 241 performances later, Sir Elton John will say good-bye to the Coliseum at Caesars Palace on April 22, 2009.
Sir Elton John’s career began in 1961 as a member of the band Bluesology. In 1967 he started working with Bernie Taupin and a legendary music industry relationship was born. After his 1970 self-titled debut album there followed a long string of critical and financial successes. From 70’s hits like the perpetually popular “Your Song” to “Good-bye Yellow Brick Road” to 80’s favorites “Empty Garden” and “I’m Still Standing,” Sir Elton John and his who’s who cache of co-writers and producers have entertained audiences around the world.
In 1992 Sir Elton John established the Elton John Aids Foundation to help find a cure for HIV. To date, this organization has raised more than $150 million and actively works in 55 countries offering support services and treatment options to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Also in the 1990’s Sir Elton John began another somewhat magical musical relationship when he collaborated with Tim Rice on Disney’s ‘Lion King’ soundtrack. He earned a Grammy and his first Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and went on to work with Rice on the Broadway hit ‘Aida.’
While performing at Caesars these last five years in Las Vegas, Sir Elton John has shared the Coliseum Theater with Celine Dion, Cher and Bette Midler. In late 2008 he took the Red Piano on the road, touring Europe with the show before returning to Las Vegas for the final Caesar’s performances.
Now magazine reports that the TV personality is keeping her options open. Myleene Klass and fiancé Graham Quinn intend to become man and wife one day – just not yet.
“I know that Gray is The One and the feeling that we are partners for life is so strong,” says Myleene, adding, “But I’m less and less enthusiastic about a big white wedding because I already go to plenty of sit-down dinners and wear so many white dresses for work. I have a feeling that ours may be in Las Vegas. Or a party in the garden with fairy lights in the trees and a fish-and-chip supper for the reception.”
10 Years Younger TV host Myleene, 30, met Graham when he was Hear Say’s bodyguard and they’re now parents to 18-month-old daughter Ava. “We’ve been together for 6 years now and everyone keeps nagging us to get married,’ she tells Hello! “But it’ll happen in time. There are other things to do first.”
For any athlete it’s a dream come true when they have a major win in their hometown. On Sunday the dream came true for 23-year-old NASCAR racer and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch when he celebrated his first win in six career Sprint Cup starts at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, racing to victory in his Toyota No. 18, sponsored by M&M’s.
Busch performed his feat with gusto and racing mastery. Racing before a near capacity 140,000 fervent fans at the speedway, he started deeper in the 43-car field than any of the event’s previous 12 winners.
“I tell you what, this is pretty cool,” the Durango High School graduate said. “I don’t exactly what it would mean but coming to the checkered flag, there were knots in my stomach. It’s bigger than winning the Daytona 500.”
After winning the race, Busch kneeled at the finishing line and kissed the track.
It was Busch’s first Cup win of the season, and the 12th in 153 races.
M-irage, M-andalay Bay, and M-GM Grand…
And now – drum roll, please – a brand new Las Vegas “M”: At 10 p.m. on Sunday, M-arch 1, the M-arnell family rolled their economic dice, threw caution to the wind, as their 1,800 happily employed employees officially opened their new doors to 4,000 eager guests. Opening fanfare included a fireworks and water and fire show to highlight their $1 billion M Resort and Casino grand opening. Actually, it’s not even located in Las Vegas but on South Las Vegas Boulevard in Henderson, Nevada about 9 miles south of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the Strip. The latest star to the Vegas resort landscape is being promoted as the best sta-cation destination for Las Vegas Valley locals and visitors that want to get off the well-traveled Las Vegas casino corridor.
The first feature visitors to The M Resort casino floor will notice is the natural lighting. That’s right – there are skylights on the casino floor that shine the Las Vegas sun down on the 92,000 square feet of video poker, slot machines and gaming tables including the M Resort’s own Jewelry Box Slots.
Each of the 390 guest rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible Strip and desert views. And unlike most Strip hotels, the M Resort offers free resort wide wi-fi, in-room iPod docking stations and nightly turn-down service.
Their 100,000-square-foot pool is incredible, providing a feeling of being in a canyon.
Guests may also indulge in the luxuriating Organic Oasis Wrap at Spa Mio, dine at Marinelli’s Italian restaurant (one of nine restaurants) and enjoy a concert at the Villaggio Del Sole or in the Ravello lounge. From the Hostile Grape wine cellar to the Babycakes Artisan Bakery to the 60,000 square feet of meeeting space – the M Resort is sure to have a taste that will entice you to stay.
The M Resort come late fourth quarter 2009 will be joined in Las Vegas by the new $2.9 billion planned Fountainebleau resort and the $8.6 billion CityCenter project.
The teen idol Jonas Brothers stealthily arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, when many were watching the NASCAR Shelby 427 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with a yearning to watch their 3-D concert.
The virginal Disney pop trio flew to Las Vegas and rode to the nearest movie theater, Rave Motion Pictures in Town Square. The group, girdled by handlers, said hi to the teens that leapt from their theater seats, but then were gone in less than a minute. Oh well.