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David to open a lounge bar in Las Vegas
Saturday, August 17 2013

After undergoing an operation to have his appendix removed, Elton vowed to be back on stage in time for a four-week residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, David is keeping himself busy.

The 50-year-old film producer is planning to open a champagne lounge and bar at Caesars Palace, the ostentatious hotel and casino complex on the Las Vegas Strip. “It’s all true,” David confirms to The Telegraph, excitedly. He declines, however, to provide more details.

It is understood that David will be working with Michael Greco. Greco, a nightlife impresario, moved to “Sin City” from New York in 2004. The bar will house pieces from the extensive art collection owned by Elton and David. The couple had a private gallery built at their home near Windsor, in Berkshire, to display what is the greatest private collection of 20th and 21st-century photography.

A bar could be seen as an unlikely venture for David, who is credited with helping Elton to become sober after their relationship began in the Nineties. The musician said last year that he should have died from Aids because of his self-destructive way of life while he was addicted to alcohol and cocaine.

“By all rights, I shouldn’t be here today,” he said. “I should be dead – six foot under in a wooden box. I should have contracted HIV in the 1980s and died in the 1990s, just like Freddie Mercury, just like Rock Hudson. Just like so many friends and loved ones of yours and mine. Every day I wonder, 'How did I survive?'”

Caesars Palace was once the scene of regular performances by Liberace, whose life with Scott Thorson was turned into a Hollywood film,Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as the flamboyant pianist and Matt Damon as his secret young lover.

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