Singer-impressionist Danny Gans was the most popular act on the Las Vegas Strip during the late 1990s.
Gans headlined the Mirage showroom. He sold out every night. Gans was named “Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year” multiple times. His $100 ticket price didn’t dissuade anyone from standing in line at the box office. Gans was the hottest ticket in town and was worth every penny.
Sadly, Gans passed away a few years ago. Since then, a void has existed on the Vegas entertainment scene — not necessarily from a lack of impersonators. There are still plenty of those around. The void is that immense satisfaction one gets when utterly convinced the performer gave us everything he or she had while onstage. Gans did that. He brought an extraordinary range of music and voices to his show, combined with a meticulous craftsmanship that made you believe — if your eyes were closed — that you were actually listening to many of the greatest male singers in history.
To this day, one had to wonder — would a female version of Danny Gans ever come along?
Well, yes. Meet Veronic, who’s been playing at Bally’s for about a year now.
“Poker Night in America” is currently filming its sixth extended session of high-stakes cash game action — this time at Turning Stone Casino in Upstate New York.
The first day of action was capped off by an unrehearsed jam session with poker pro Liv Boeree (on lead guitar), along with show producer Tony Mangnall (on guitar) and cameraman Mike G. (on bass). They performed a Metallica cover song which can be seen in this six-minute video. Note that Liv has not played guitar in nearly five years. But she basically was willing to go with the music and have a good time. Pretty amazing and lots of fun to watch. Here’s a look:
….great rock and blues legend, brilliant songwriter, and legendary pianist — Leon Russell.
Time for another rambling wreck of random thoughts and occasionally wacky ideas, about whatever comes to mind during this midnight hour on a hot August night here in Las Vegas.
Midway through last Saturday night’s performance at The Coliseum in Las Vegas, Rod Stewart gazed over yet another sold-out crowd and quipped to the audience, “it’s a pretty good show, isn’t it?”
No artist could dare get away with making such a cocky remark. Not without sounding conceited anyway — except for Stewart. That’s because the legendary singer’s boundless energy and boyish charm obliges us to accept the popular headliner for what he truly is — a take-it-or-leave-it, in-the-flesh, against-the-odds survivor of rock n’ roll’s highest summit who genuinely seems to revere every opportunity to share another trip down memory lane with his adoring fans each time he steps onstage.
How nice to see a stage performer, let alone a rock icon, actually respect his audience.
Last night, Italian blues singer Zucchero played his first Las Vegas gig in 15 years. He performed at House of Blues, an intimate concert venue inside Mandalay Bay.
To say this was one of the musical highlights of the year (for me) would be an monumental understatement. I own everything put out by Zucchero since his career first began in the mid-1980s, including his latest album release titled Bassa, which includes live sessions performed last year in Cuba with some of the best (and least-known) musicians in the world.
Zucchero, which means “sugar” in Italian (real name: Adelmo Fornaciari), brings it, and then gives it. He loves what he does, which is obvious from his two-hour sets and plenty of unexpected and unrehearsed impromptu show-stopping moments. There’s no lip-syncing in this show. It’s entirely authentic from start to finish. He’s not the best singer, or guitar player, or pianist, of course. But combine his passion with the gift of melody and he’s the real deal. At last night’s House of Blues show, he essentially performed every song we wanted to hear, then stayed for three encores.
Virtually unknown inside the United States, Zucchero is enormously popular over in Europe, especially his native Italy and throughout Eastern Europe. He’s performed duets with everyone from Luciano Pavarotti to John Lee Hooker (before they died, obviously). ZUCCHERO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE