Celine Dion plans to spend her vacation time at home instead of watching fellow Caesars Palance headliner Elton perform on her stage at The Colosseum next month, according to reports from VegasBeat at the end of January 2004.
In a snub to guest Elton, the Canadian Las Vegas diva met with a select handful of local media after being presented with the 2004 "Woman of the Year" award from the Nevada Ballet Theatre on January 24, 2004.
When VegasBeat asked Dion if she had plans to see Elton, she said she planned to use her time off from "A New Day ... " to record music in two languages, to make charity appearances, to be a wife and mother and to rest.
Dion said she did not plan to see John or any other Las Vegas shows.
"I prefer to stay home, in my pajamas," she said.
However, the publication later ran into Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, on the Caesars casino floor. He said that he and his wife were big fans of John and would make every effort to see The Red Piano shows.
Elton is performing 75 sell-out shows at the Las Vegas venue over the next two years.
Meanwhile, plans for the shows, which begin February 13, 2004, were going more consistently and smoothly, minus Celine.
With a week to go, plans for Elton's headline gig at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace are in perfect "Harmony," thundered VegasBeat.
In fact, Elton himself was seen "Rocket Man"-ing around the Caesars stage in late January with show producer David LaChappelle before "Benny-and-the-Jet"-ting off to Los Angeles to attend the Golden Globes.
"As the date gets closer, I am more and more excited," Elton told VegasBeat through his New York-based spokeswoman.
"Things are moving along exactly as planned," a Las Vegas source close to LaChappelle, a world-renowned fashion photographer and video producer, told VegasBeat.
"We are in there during the day and then Celine (Dion) comes in and does her thing at night. Elton's piano will be just left of centre stage, facing house right. David is now editing video to be shown on the big screen in the back. And he's still experimenting with lights and some props, and working with Elton on a song list, his outfits and pacing for the whole thing."
"In two weeks, when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, Las Vegas is going to see one hell of a show," the source said.
Elton, speaking through his spokeswoman, said he is now at his Atlanta-area mansion and working on a variety of projects, including recording a new album and making preparations for his annual summer Elton John AIDS Foundation fund-raiser at his London estate.
He said he plans to join Sting when the former Police leader is honoured at a February 6, 2004 dinner with the 2004 MusiCares Person of the Year as part of Grammy week in Los Angeles. MusiCares is a financial assistance program for musicians in need.
Elton will likely stick around for the tape-delayed music award broadcast on February 8, 2004 before heading to Vegas.
Meanwhile, a call to the Caesars Palace box office and cursory check of TicketMaster.com shows that tickets are extremely scarce.
The opening-night performance sold out quickly. Some individual tickets remain for weekend shows, and there is wider availability, but limited selection, for future dates.
Elton plays Vegas from February 13-22, 2004, and again from March 23-April 3, 2004. He will also play seven more Caesars shows this year; exact dates have not been set.
Elton has scheduled 25 shows at Ceasars in 2005 and 2006.