Elton John lands £34m Las Vegas concert deal

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Sir Elton John is on the verge of signing a multi-million-pound two-year deal, to play hundreds of concerts at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Sir Elton, one of Britain's most successful singer-songwriters, will be standing in for the singer Celine Dion on her nights off, according to reports. Ms Dion has a three-year deal to play at Caesars worth £63m. But she is also contracted to play a number of dates at the city's new Colosseum Theatre.

It is understood Sir Elton will perform around 300 concerts over two years at Caesars Palace while Ms Dion is fulfilling her obligations at the Colosseum.

Details of Sir Elton's contract have not been revealed and an official announcement is not expected until October. But the Las Vegas Sun reported that he would be paid £34m.

Concerts West, which operates the Colosseum, and Park Place Entertainment, which owns it, refused to comment, and Sir Elton's representatives were unavailable for comment. The Las Vegas Sun report said that Sir Elton's shows would begin next year but exact dates have still to be negotiated.

A joint tour of the US by Sir Elton and Billy Joel earlier this year was credited with helping to pull the country's live music circuit out of a three-year slump. Each of their three Las Vegas shows grossed a record £3.4m.