It was a double celebration for Sir Elton’s return to Las Vegas this weekend. First up was his 67th birthday last Wednesday and then Friday night’s celebrity-packed bash combined with the official grand opening of the champagne lounge Fizz.
Additionally, says longtime showbiz chronicler Robin Leach, as Elton makes plans for a May wedding at home in England (as noted at this Web site's ''Today Show'' item), it's been confirmed that he’s in contract extension talks with Caesars Palace officials for his Million Dollar Piano show.
“Here I am celebrating my birthday. Another year whizzes by, and sooner or later it will be the 70th, but who cares? I’m not counting!”
David Furnish, who is the creative director of Fizz, led the “Happy Birthday” star sing-along for Elton and added: “Champagne is a celebration of life, and this is a place where we can now go with our friends. Las Vegas is a second home for us since we spend so much time here.''
As a three-tiered, black-and-white piano keyboard-designed birthday cake was delivered, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Quincy Jones, Brandon Flowers, David Spade, Nicolas Cage, the Band Perry, Thomas Hitzlsperger, members of Scissor Sisters, Britt Ekland, Kevin Farley and Peter Asher raised glasses of champagne to toast the man of the hour, his return to Las Vegas and the lounge's grand opening.
Sharon Osbourne told the Sun: “Whenever Elton is performing in Las Vegas, I always come to see him.” David Spade added: “I’ve seen his show before, and I will see it again. I’ve been a big fan since sixth grade.”
And Elton commented: “If I could have just one person here to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ it would be Elvis Presley because he was everything Las Vegas.”
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