Yamaha Announces Winner of Elton John and Leon Russell Sweepstakes

NASHVILLE, TN (November 2, 2010) Yamaha is proud to announce Caron Geist from Temecula, California is the winner of the Elton John and Leon Russell Sweepstakes! The prize is two front row tickets to a performance date of choice for Elton and Leon's latest tour supporting their collaborative effort The Union.

Geist, a lifelong Elton John fan who has travelled all over the country to attend his concerts, was in shock when she received the news.

"You are kidding me!" she said. "I cannot believe I won. My sister, Jodi, and I are Elton's #1 fans. Just this past July I flew to New York to go to a concert with her. I'm going to fly her to California for this one - she's going to be so excited! We are truly grateful and honored to have won!"

Caron and Jodi Geist are also avid collectors of Elton memorabilia. "If Elton only knew how much we adore him," Caron gushed. "Jodi and I have probably 2 or more of every t-shirt he's ever sold. Our daily attire is jeans and an EJ shirt. I can't wait to buy shirts with both Elton and Leon on it!"

Also part of Yamaha's promotion for The Union is "The Piano Experience," a VIP package for sale until November 1. For a price of $50,000, a super fan can purchase a Yamaha C2 Conservatory Classic Collection grand piano that will be signed in front of them by the 2 musical icons Elton and Leon. The purchaser will also receive two front row tickets to the November 5 concert in Ontario, Calif., where the live piano autograph session will take place, along with roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations. Five percent of the proceeds from this elite package will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. More details can be found at www.yamahatheunion.com.

The Union was released in the USA on Decca Records on October 19 and in the UK on Mercury Records on October 25. There is also a Deluxe Edition CD and DVD package release. The Deluxe CD includes two tracks that are not on the standard release: "My Kind Of Hell" and "Mandalay Again." The DVD also features The Union, the Making of by Cameron Crowe, a documentary by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker. Click here to purchase the album, or here to buy tickets to an upcoming concert.

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Yamaha Announces Winner of Elton John and Leon Russell Sweepstakes
Caron Geist won front row tickets to a show of her choice and plans to take her sister Jodi