LAS VEGAS (AP) – Elton John has signed a three-year, multimillion-dollar deal to perform 75 shows at Caesars Palace beginning in February 2004.

The 56-year-old singer will perform with his band five times a week at the Palace’s Colosseum for five weeks a year in a deal reported to be worth more than $50 million.

Tickets for the first series of performances, scheduled for Feb. 13-22, go on sale Wednesday and are priced at $250, $175 and $100.

“By bringing Elton John, one of the best-known and best-loved performers in the world, to an extended engagement at Caesars Palace, we’ve established The Colosseum as the nation’s premier musical showcase for top tier talent,” said Wallace R. Barr, president and chief executive officer of Park Place Entertainment, which owns Caesars.

The $95 million, 4,100-seat Colosseum was built for singer Celine Dion and her extravaganza show “A New Day.” It has hosted performances by Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and Gloria Estefan. Jerry Seinfeld is scheduled in December.

John will perform his show, “The Red Piano,” when Dion is on vacation from her three-year, $100 million contract.

Photographer David LaChappelle will serve as production designer and director of the show, billed as a blend of the Grammy-winning artist’s music and “vibrant visual imagery.”

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