Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
January 3-9, 2002 ARCHIVES
Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
Review of the Popular Las Vegas Weekly TV Show


by Larry Houck
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The annual "Backstage Live with Gary and Connie" Christmas show was filled with wonderful songs, great friends and host Gary Campbell's traditional singing of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Ted "Boss Man" Cash, a favorite guest of the "Backstage" family, joined Campbell for a special rendition of "I'll Be Home" as well as "Do You Hear What I Hear." Cash's smooth vocals can be found on four CDs available on his website,, including a special Christmas CD for the holiday season.

Visiting from California for a three-night gig at Caesars Palace, The Kid & Nic Show dropped by the "Backstage Live" set to perform a few songs throughout the show, including an original Christmas song written just for the show. The Kid & Nic Show band features Nicole and Kirk Tracy sharing vocals with Kirk also wailing away "swing-style" on the saxophone. Check out their music and more at More beautiful music and incredible saxophone playing came from Carl Ferris and Safe Sax. Performing throughout the show, Ferris displayed his amazing style which you can catch in lounges throughout Las Vegas. Ferris' career includes playing in the 80s with Jimmy Buffet, the Eagles and Edgar Winter.

Pianist extraordinaire Daryl Wagner took a break from the Imperial Theatre stage to stop in to talk about what it's like to perform twice nightly as "Mr. Showmanship" Liberace in "Legends In Concert" at the Imperial Palace. Wagner is playing a special holiday set in the show, performing such tunes as "White Christmas," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and "Winter Wonderland." His piano playing, looks and comic sense bring the superstar to life in his most flamboyant way, creating an image that fans will remember for a lifetime.

Last, but never least, Cherico dropped in for a song, taking a short break from his performances at the Kabuki Lounge, just inside the front door of the Imperial Palace. Live entertainment keeps that lounge rockin' nightly from 4:30 pm.

You, too, can join Gary and Connie weekly FREE in the Grand Salon of The Auto Collections, fifth floor of the parking facility of the Imperial Palace, every Saturday night from 6 to 8 pm., to see the stars come out for "Backstage Live."

Talk America Radio Network and Cable Radio Network originate "Backstage Live," and it airs in the Las Vegas area, live, on KNUU 970 AM, Saturdays 6-8 pm., and on tape delay on Sundays 10-Mid. on KXNT 840 AM. If you prefer to just listen in, but would also like to call in, the listener call-in number is 800-298-TALK (8255).

"Backstage Live" is also seen locally on Cox Cable Metro 48, Saturday and Sunday nights, from 11 pm. to midnight. KEEN TV 17 airs the show Fridays 9 to 11 pm. and on Realtime video, Also, see "Backstage Live" on KPVM Channel 41 in Pahrump, Nevada, Fridays, 5 to 7 pm. National cable TV syndicated by American Independent Network, check your local listings.

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