Posts Tagged ‘The Flamingo’

My Fantasies Don’t Involve Football Leagues

I’m not really going to talk about the kind of fantasies that might involve Christian Grey (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) or since I mentioned football, Tom Brady.  Not that those would be bad, but…


Okay, minds out of the gutters.

Recently, I was talking about all of the “residencies” in Las Vegas, the ones coming up, and the “rumored” ones in the works.

Back in October 2012, I was fortunate to see the one of the best entertainers in music, Sir Elton John in “The Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace.

Elton LasVegas

And, then last May, I saw Shania Twain at Caesars Palace.


And the night before I saw Shania, I saw Olivia Newton-John at the Flamingo.


In addition to those “residencies”, I saw Madonna on my birthday in October 2012 at the MGM Grand.


And, we saw Lady Gaga there on her “Born This Way Ball” Tour in January 2013 just three weeks before an injury, that required surgery, forced the cancellation of the rest of the tour.

Gaga Las Vegas

That was then and this is now.

Britney Spears is now playing a residency at Planet Hollywood and coming this summer at Caesars Palace, Mariah Carey will begin a residency in May and Reba and Brooks & Dunn will start in June.

Reba 2011

I absolutely adore Reba and I’ve seen her in concert twelve (yes, that’s 12) times and I met her ten years ago this April.

While I get lost in her beautiful voice, I would love to see Reba’s concerts in Vegas go back to the glitzy productions of costume changes, dancers, and various sets like when I first saw her in Chicago in 1995 and Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1996.

Every time since those first two shows, it was Reba in a no (or very few) frills concert — just her and her beautiful voice.

Reba’s new show with Brooks & Dunn is already selling out months in advance.

And, recently, it was announced that “The Boss” Diana Ross would be performing a nine-show engagement this spring at The Venetian.

The hotel is trying to become a competitive concert venue for residencies after a successful show with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Also, hushed rumors on “The Strip” say that talks are in the works for residencies for Ricky Martin, Lionel Richie, and the subject of today’s fantasy (see, I’m back to that again).


Just the other day, I was saying that I’d love to see Janet Jackson in a residency in Vegas and then I see an article that she might be close to signing a deal with either The Venetian or Planet Hollywood when Britney’s “Piece of Me” show is on hiatus.

It’s also rumored that Miss Jackson will be dropping a new album in 2015.

I have two of Janet’s concert VHS tapes (no typo there, VHS — not DVD): “The Velvet Rope Tour” and “Live in Hawaii”.

Now, here’s where my ultimate fantasy comes in, as if seeing Janet for the first time in concert wouldn’t be enough.


Before Miss Jackson takes the stage, special guest Paula Abdul, Janet’s former choreographer, would come out and do a 20-minute set of her high-energy dance and pop radio hits from the late-1980s and early-1990s.  And, it would have to include “Rush Rush”!

At this point, my imagination runs away from me.  As Paula wraps up her set, either in a special effects hologram or on the concert monitors, Paula and Janet are in a diner in the current day and you hear:

“What’s up girl?
He stood me up again
Well what’s up with this guy?
Do you really like him that much?
Yes honey, I love him, he is fine,
he does a lot of nice things for me I know he used to do nice stuff for you,
but what has he done for you lately?

And, then the arena explodes with a fabulous light show and Janet kicking off a magical show with “What Have You Done For Me Lately”!

I can’t remember how many times my friend, Steve, and I did this video routine over the years getting ready to go out for a night of clubbing!

And, one final note about Vegas, concerts, and holograms.

I recently read that a new concert with a “hologram” Liberace is coming to town.

If that’s successful, I have one suggestion Vegas  — get Richard Carpenter on the line and bring the angelic-voiced Karen Carpenter back to life and back to the stage soon!

As you can tell, I’m obsessed with shows in Vegas.  There it isn’t just a concert, it is magic!

Don’t tell Ray, but I’ll be working on convincing him to retire to Las Vegas in a few years.


After 20 Years, Shania’s “Still The One”

When Shania Twain sings “any man of mine better walk the line”, I stand up and take notice.

Shania Twain

So, when Caesars Palace released Shania’s summer schedule and Olivia Newton-John announced her spring and summer residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino last week, I jumped at the opportunity for a “teasin’, squeezin’, pleasin’ kinda time” in “Xanadu”!

Oh, why we’re at it, why not add in a “heartbeatin’, fine treatin’, breathtakin’, earthquakin'” evening to see “Summer Nights” with Olivia and “Still The One” with Shania.

Olivia 2

Shania Still The One

As you know, Shania Twain is an international superstar in both pop and country music.  She is best-selling female singer of all time and her “Come On Over” album is the best-selling country album of all time with worldwide sales of more than 40 million!

Come On Over

Most of the world first heard of Shania in early 1995 when “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”, from her album “The Woman In Me”, soared up to #11 on the Billboard Country chart.

When the follow-up, “Any Man of Mine”, topped the chart, it sent the Timmins, Ontario songstress on a fast track from being a virtual unknown to “Entertainer of The Year” and Grammy Award winner in just a year.

Shania Twain

However, I first got a taste of her beautiful voice when I moved to Chicago from Kentucky in the summer of 1994.  Charlie’s, the gay country bar in Boystown, played “What Made You Say” all the time.

It was the first single from her 1993 self-titled debut album.  Even today, almost 20 years later, it’s still my favorite Shania Twain song!

Sadly, that song and its follow-up, “Dance With The One That Brought You” both stalled at #55 on the Billboard Country chart.  Shania’s worldwide success would have to wait until 1995, but she already had a fan in me!

Since that first album in 1993, Shania has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.


In the summer of 2011, Shania announced that she would begin a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  And, then in November 2012, just weeks before the kick-off of the show, the busy Las Vegas Strip was shut down for a herd of 40 horses and Shania to arrive in style to promote the show.


I still have three months before I get to see Shania and that’ll give me plenty of time to listen to all four of her albums over and over again (which I’ve been doing for weeks even before buying tickets) and to read her autobiography “From This Moment On”.

Shania From This Moment On

Last October when we were in Zurich, Switzerland, where Shania lives when she’s not in Las Vegas, I was hoping to run into her and Tina Turner, who also lives there.  I knew it wouldn’t happen, but a boy can wish, can’t he?

And, since I’m wishing right now, maybe Shania will surprise me on May 31st when I see her in concert and she’ll hum a few bars of “What Made You Say That” just for me.

Now, before I share my favorite Shania songs and I hope you check them out, you have to see this amazing feature on Shania with Robin Roberts.  It goes to show that no matter how successful one becomes or how much money one earns, Shania is a beautiful, genuine person through and through.

While it’s difficult to pick my favorite Shania songs, here are a few —  my Shania jukebox.  If you’ve listened to pop or country radio in the past 20 years, I know you’ve heard several of these picks.

Shania Ka-Ching

But, I highly recommend you check out “What Made You Say That” (above) and “Dance With The One That Brought You” and “Ka-Ching” (below), which are amazing, but were not very popular in the U.S. — diamonds in the rough!


“YOU WIN MY LOVE” (#1, 1996)

“NO ONE NEED TO KNOW” (#1, 1996)



“KA-CHING” (This song wasn’t released in the U.S., but it’s one of Shania’s biggest European hits.  It hit the Top Ten in Germany and the U.K. in 2003)

“ENDLESS LOVE” (with Lionel Richie from his “Tuskegee” album.  It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 2012)

Yesterday, I blogged about Olivia’s “Summer Nights” show that I’ll see in Vegas the night before Shania.  Here’s the link:

On this trip to Vegas, I was hoping for a trifecta with Shania, Olivia, and Britney.

Britney Las Vegas

Brit Brit will have to wait until my next trip to Vegas.  For now, I can’t wait to see Shania and Olivia.