I often ask artists when I interview them what their dream gig is and so it would seem they’ve dreamed up a pretty good one on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip at the Stratosphere.
The formula for Las Vegas’ newest variety show packs a great mix of tunes from the 70’s & 80’s with some of our favorite local artists, mixed with some great comedic bits and no Vegas show is complete without great choreography.
Powerhouse moments in the show for us were Cassiopée V. Lapierre and Anne Martinez belting out some of “Hearts” greatest hits and Tony Kouns & Paul Johnson took us on a “Journey” to remember. The super sexy “Hot for Teacher” dancers, with the high-flying Drew Hart (who seemed to be channeling David Lee Roth), along with the shredtasticness of Nick Burbey who absolutely slays the work of both Eddie Van Halen and Ace Frehley all took us back to the glory days of MTV.
By far the biggest treat of all was “Meat Loaf”! So refreshing to hear something different in a classic rock tribute show set list and Cassiopée V. Lapierre’s rendition of the meaty rockers female counterpart blew us away! Both vocally and theatrically!
Of course, no great Rock N Roll variety show would be complete without a little KISS, and although it’s not the complete Sin City KISS cast of characters we’re used to seeing the chemistry had the audience shoutin’ out loud. The only thing that would have made the KISS set better is having the “GOD of Thunder” LIVE vs. the prerecorded version on the video screens…. It’s unforgettable and Luis Reyes aka “Las Vegas Gene Simmons” does it so well every audience deserves to experience it.
Add this show to your must see list this summer… it has it all… great music, comedy and sex appeal!
A very special thank you to Chandra Stepanovich, Red Mercury Entertainment for inviting us to check it out and to Photographer Leah Burlington for capturing these magic moments on stage.