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Best Buy Presents Elton John "The Red Piano" Show on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
- Available in October
Set Features Las Vegas Stage Show and Exclusive Documentary Footage with
Complete CD Soundtrack
BURNABY, BC, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Following the success of 2004's definitive
Elton John DVD set, Dream Ticket, the legendary Sir Elton John and Best Buy
announce the October 28 release of The Red Piano collection. Thousands of fans
have travelled to Caesar's Palace Las Vegas to see over 200 shows, helping The
Red Piano break records and set new standards for musical entertainment. This
DVD/CD set available at Best Buy and BestBuy.ca/Elton John promises to bring
this amazing entertainment experience to Elton John fans across the continent.
Available as a 2 DVD/2 CD set in standard definition or a 1 Blu-ray
disc/2 CD set in high definition, the concert features the 14 song performance
of the Red Piano show including all of the fan favorites such as Candle in the
Wind, Believe and Rocket Man. The DVD and Blu-ray discs feature a documentary
about the making of The Red Piano show including footage of Sir Elton
discussing the genesis of the show.
The show debuted to critical acclaim in February 2004 with reviews
proclaiming it as "A must-see" and noting Sir Elton is Still Standing as an
indestructible talent. Using a red piano as a starting point, John enlisted
his friend and photographer David LaChappelle to develop art and imagery that
would complement the music and enhance the experience for the audience. The
production raises the bar for Las Vegas performance featuring multi-color neon
sculpture, pop art, inflatables, baubles, balloons and the band. Viewers may
have a good time just taking the show in at its surface (lights, inflatables
and colors) or use their imagination to find the deeper meanings in the show.
"It's (the show) what I like from an artistic point of view," noted John.
"It's fun, it's deep, it's the songs I really love and it gives me a chance to
get across what I am all about, visually as well as musically."
In 1967 Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin, and so began one of
the most prolific and successful songwriting partnerships ever known - a
seemingly timeless alliance that fans continue to appreciate to this day. The
Red Piano further highlights these incredible talents.
"With the incredibly successful sale of Dream Ticket it was clear that
our customers are huge Elton fans and we believe they will be thrilled with
the incredible show experience he gives them with the Red Piano," said
Paul Fisher, director of entertainment merchandising, Best Buy Canada. "This
incredible collector's item allows his fans to experience a must see show from
the comfort of their own home with the DVD or Blu-ray disc and enjoy its
musical excellence anywhere with the CD live audio soundtrack."
The Red Piano Show will be available for pre-order tomorrow, September
23, 2008 at Best Buy locations or on www.BestBuy.ca/EltonJohn. Formats
available will include 2 DVD/2 CD set in standard format for $24.99 or 1
Blu-ray disc/2 CD high definition format for $29.99. Product will be available
at Best Buy stores on October 28.
Elton John's career has spanned four decades and he is one of the
top-selling solo artists of all time with more than 50 Top 40 hits credited to
his name. He has won a wide array of industry awards including Grammys, Tonys
and an Oscar and continues to add innovative work to his personal repertoire
of 35 gold and 25 platinum albums.
Elton will bring the Red Piano show back to Caesar's Palace Las Vegas
later this year from October 22 - November 9 and again next year for a series
of shows from February 3 - April 22.
About Best Buy
Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy
Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY). Best
Buy is Canada's fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer
(www.bestbuy.ca) of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment
software and also operates the Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca). There are
currently 52 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba,
Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest
technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure
(non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and
communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their
skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.
For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit
For further information:
For further information: Fran Curtis (Elton John), Rogers & Cowan, (212)
445-8423, email@example.com; Heather Seabrook, Best Buy Canada, (604)