IN the run-up to the borough’s biggest concert of the decade, Sir Elton John fans are to be given a rare sneak preview of what is to come.
The Empire Cinema at Robin Park will be among an elite number of UK multiplexes to exclusively screen a recording of the world-renowned singer’s greatest hits.
The powerful performance of The Million Dollar Piano concert from The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, will be beamed live on March 22 at 8pm. The annoucement comes after it was confirmed that 90 per cent of tickets have now been sold for Sir Elton’s gig at Leigh Sports Village on June 21.
Cinema manager Nicola Wood said: “This is a must-see for any Elton John fans. We are hoping to pack the place with Elton John fanatics, music lovers and general cinema fans too. Empire Wigan believes it’s good for the town to have such a performance screened here because we believe in offering a variety of content which caters not only for mainstream but also the more specialised one-off event fans.”
The Million Dollar Piano is currently being performed to acclaim during Elton’s residency at Caesar’s Palace and comprises most of Sir Elton’s greatest hits.
These will include Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, I’m Still Standing, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Crocodile Rock and Your Song. Nicola added: “People enjoy going to events and we are able to provide that with showings like this right here in Wigan.
“It’s symbolic for Empire Wigan because it’s part of the new generation of cinema. We have had similar showings of Westlife’s final concert, Robbie Williams and also our Empire Arts which consists of Operas and Ballets. Through Empire Wigan these shows are able to reach a whole new audience in our town and that can only be great for the people who live here. It’s great that the energy of this performance will then be followed by the concert in the borough. It’s going to be another great year for cinema and another great year for the town.”
At the centrepiece of the performance is the show’s namesake piano, featuring more than 68 LED video screens created by Yamaha. The state-of-the-art piano is the perfect accompaniment to Elton’s greatest hits displaying imagery to complement the music.
Sir Elton said: “I’ve had the best time (in Las Vegas) because I always thought of it as a challenge and wanted to put on the best show. I don’t think there could be a better-looking show than this in Vegas.”
The screening will also showcase the talents of guitarist Davey Johnstone, the late Bob Birch on bass, percussionist John Mahon, drummer Nigel Olsson and keyboardist Kim Bullard, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.
Sir Elton will perform his LSV gig on June 21.