For Immediate Release
June 11, 2014
‘Elton John – The Million Dollar Piano’ Comes to Blu-ray/DVD
Franklin, TN (June 11, 2014) – Yamaha Entertainment Group is pleased to announce The Million Dollar Piano concert film will be coming to Blu-ray/DVD this summer. This live Elton John concert, which was screened in 700 cinemas nationwide for a limited time on March 18 and March 26, will be available in stores on July 1 in the United States and on June 30 in the UK, as was secured by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
The special two-hour film was filmed in 2012 and shows Elton John’s legendary performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. His concert, which received rave reviews and a standing ovation over the course of the 3 year residency, features some of his greatest hits, including “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Your Song.”
At the heart of the Rocket Man’s performance is “The Million Dollar Piano,” the result of a shared dream between Elton John and Yamaha Entertainment Group founder Chris Gero, designed by Yamaha industrial engineer Akie Hinokio. The Yamaha piano features more than 68 LED video screens, providing scenery to each song. In addition to the 19 songs from The Million Dollar Piano, the DVD includes a “Making of…” and four extra tracks.
“We were thrilled with the response to the debut of the film in theaters, and we are equally excited to bring the documentary into people’s homes,” says Gero. “Not only did we document the experience of an Elton John production, but we also documented the design and build of this amazing instrument and the entire show. We’re honored to make and share a piece of history with such an iconic artist as Elton John.”
Elton John is also proud of the results of the Million Dollar Piano: “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.”
For this Las Vegas experience, Elton John is accompanied by his band members: guitarist Davey Johnstone, the late bassist Bob Birch, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards. There is also a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.
This exclusive concert film was both produced and directed by Yamaha Entertainment Group, a record label based in Franklin, Tennessee. The DVD/Blu-ray track listing is:
About Yamaha Entertainment Group
Yamaha Entertainment Group of America is a boutique, one-stop shop, record label developed to be the champion of the musician with the backing power of the largest music manufacturer in the world. Yamaha Entertainment Group is branding, promotion, concert production, content development, product placement, tour support, piano logistics and artist relations, all rolled into one. Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, Yamaha Entertainment Group is responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide.
For more information, contact:
Tiffany Napper, Yamaha Entertainment Group